Donald Trump has prompted widespread mockery after his bizarre Twitter claim in which he said that the East Coast of the United States “could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming.”
As freezing temperatures were anticipated to hit the United States, the US President said in a tweet: “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record.”
Trump 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 said claim sparked widespread mockery on the social media site, with people from across the globe expressing disbelief at the apparent lack of understanding of the President of the United States regarding the issue and the difference between ‘weather’ and ‘climate.’
Those who posted their reactions in Twitter included Ed Miliband, the former Labour leader, who posted: “It’s cold the day after tomorrow so there’s no global warming. FFS”, while Ellie Goulding, the pop star, tweeted: “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.”
Another user, Mark Kermode, branded the said tweet as a “new-level-stupid tweet” and Jason Manford, a comedian, also struck back at Trump’s comment.
Trump has regularly expressed scepticism regarding the science of climate change, calling global warming as a “hoax” that was created by the Chinese.
Earlier this year, the president announced that he proposed to pull out of the landmark Paris climate agreement, which established goals for slowing down the rate of climate change by lessening the emissions that contribute to melting the Arctic ice, rising sea levels and the changing weather patterns across the world.
Last month, the weather and climate agency of the United Nations said that 2017 was on track to becoming the hottest year on record aside from those that are impacted by the “El Niño” phenomenon, which can greatly contribute to higher temperatures.
2016 set a record for the average global temperature of the Earth.