Trump baffles scientists, insisting ice caps 'at a record level'

Sitting down for a rare TV interview with past winner of his TV show “The Celebrity Apprentice,” President Trump made a startling claim about global warming to Piers Morgan.

Trump telling Morgan, “The ice caps were going to melt. They were going to be gone by now. But now they’re setting records. They’re at a record level.” 

While not quite as startling as his 2012 tweet claiming climate change is a Chinese hoax, Trump’s baffling statement about the ice caps, directly contradicted by this graphic tweeted out by a climate scientist showing the exact opposite. He’s right they’re setting records, but according to NASA they’re record lows.

Trump also debated the proper terminology, telling Morgan, “Look, it used to not be climate change, it used to be global warming. That wasn’t working too well because it was getting too cold all over the place.”

Climate change according to NASA, is quote “a broad range of global phenomena created predominantly by burning fossil fuels.” As for his assertion it’s “getting cold all over the place,” last year was Earth’s second hottest on record.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 1: White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, and Vice President Mike Pence clap as President Donald Trump speaks about the US role in the Paris climate change accord in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 01, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump refers to amounts of temperature change as he announces his decision that the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 1: White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon walks out after President Donald Trump speaks about the US role in the Paris climate change accord in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 01, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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