Trump - who has called climate change a hoax invented by the Chinese - took issue with the scientific consensus of global warming by pointing out that it will be severely cold in some parts of the country this week. "In coming days, expected to get even colder", Trump wrote on Twitter Monday night. As he noted, "Trump's climate-trolling is such obvious outrage bait that you nearly want to ignore it, but it's also self-provided evidence of one of the most significant ignorance crises of his presidency, so I dunno".
The statement was immediately bashed on the internet, with numerous social media users noting the president's misspelling of "global warming".
The problem with Trump's analysis is that climate and weather are not the same thing.
"I think something's happening". But I don't know that it's manmade. During a cold spell in November, Trump tweeted that the "cold blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?"More news: 'Stonewall it': Trump associate Roger Stone arrested in Mueller probe
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THE FACTS: While the Midwest is in the grip of a chill that's likely to set records, Earth is still considerably warmer than it was 30 years ago and especially 100 years ago. Chris Gloninger, a meteorologist from NBC10 Boston, pointed out in a pair of tweets that climate and weather are not synonymous, and "climate change means EXTREME weather, which includes record cold weather as well".
"No, these aren't the coldest temperatures ever recorded in the Midwest". And in fact, "Global Waming" is making these extreme cold outbreaks more rare, exactly as we expected. In fact, the National Climate Assessment, a landmark report released previous year following a collaboration between more than a dozen federal agencies, shows that those trends are "higher for the Midwest than in any other region of the United States".
Although the Republican president's tweet was liked 51k times, it also left his critics irked and they slammed him for not knowing the difference between climate and weather. And global warming may be playing a direct role in this: there is a theory that as areas near the North Pole warm more than two times faster than the rest of the globe, it weakens the polar vortex, displacing cold air masses southward into Europe, Asia and the United States.