Twitter is mocking Donald Trump for suggesting the US could 'use a little bit of global warming'

Donald Trump has sparked widespread mockery after a bizarre Twitter claim in which he said the US’s East Coast “could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming”.

As freezing temperatures were expected to hit the US, the President tweeted: “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record.”

He added: “Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”


The claim sparked widespread mockery on Twitter, with people from across the world voicing disbelief at the US President’s apparent lack of understanding of the issue and the difference between ‘climate’ and ‘weather’.

They included former Labour leader Ed Miliband, who tweeted: “It’s cold the day after tomorrow so there’s no global warming. FFS”, while popstar Ellie Goulding wrote: “If you paid ANY attention to science you might learn why this IS a sign of global warming. There’s a reason why every single country is taking it seriously. We will continue to ignore you.”

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Mark Kermode branded the exclamation a “new-level-stupid tweet” and comedian Jason Manford also hit back at the comment.

Mr Trump has repeatedly expressed scepticism about climate change science, calling global warming a “hoax” created by the Chinese.



 

The president announced earlier this year that he planned to pull out of the landmark Paris climate agreement, which set goals for slowing the rate of climate change by reducing the emissions that contribute to melting Arctic ice, increasing sea levels and changing weather patterns across the globe.

 



The United Nations’ weather and climate agency said last month that 2017 was on track to become the hottest year on record aside from those impacted by the El Nino phenomenon, which can contribute to higher temperatures.

Last year set a record for Earth’s average global temperature.

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