President Trump announces the U.S. is pulling out of the Paris climate agreement
03 June, 2017, 01:29
"Does the president still believe that global warming is a hoax?"
In November 2012, Trump infamously wrote, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive". "He's received awards as a businessman in that regard".
Conway's comments appear to echo the stance being made by the White House that Trump's decision was made for economic reasons, not because of his past statements on climate change.
When asked why the White House was having problems staffing agency posts, Conway replied, "The political left believes one of the greatest accomplishments for them so far - and they haven't had many - is the lack of confirmable appointees already in place".
He did not answer whether Trump, as he has said before, believes climate change is a hoax.
"I am answering what the President is committed to", he said, later adding, "You are going to have to ask him".
"I can't say. I haven't asked him. I have reluctantly concluded, however, that, for me and my family, this is not the right time for me to leave the private sector and take on a new role in the federal government", he said in a statement. "I can get back to you", Spicer said.
The veteran pollster and Trump campaign manager explained that she'd sometimes be concerned that Clinton would eventually "wake up" and think that "today is the day I'm actually going to have a message". In October 2015, when Trump was the front-runner for the GOP nomination, he tweeted: "It's really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal".
Asked a third time, the official said: "Whether he - you know, I have not talked to the president about his personal views on whether".
His last - and only - full news conference as president was in February.
Stephanopoulos gave it one last go: "D oes he believe global warming is a hoax?"
During the first presidential debate previous year, Trump was called out by his opponent, Hillary Clinton, for claiming global warming "is a hoax, perpetrated by the Chinese". I was not with the president on his trip.
The official then added, with a tinge of annoyance: "Can we stay on topic, please?" "I did not talk to the President about his personal views on what is contributing to climate change".