The government’s report on climate change released last week was “not based on facts”, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Tuesday.
“The president’s certainly leading on what matters most in this process, and that’s on having clean air, clean water,” Sanders told reporters at a press briefing. “In fact, the United States continues to be a leader on that front.”
Sanders disputed the report’s findings, claiming it’s “not based on facts” and arguing that modeling the climate “is never exact.” She did not indicate that Trump would call on world leaders at this week's Group of 20 summit to address the report's findings.
“We think that this is the most extreme version and it’s not based on facts,” she said. “It’s not data driven. We’d like to see something that is more data driven. It’s based on modeling, which is extremely hard to do when you’re talking about the climate.”
Hundreds of scientists within and outside of federal government agencies concluded from their research that the effects of climate change could cost the United States billions of dollars each year in the coming decades.
The report is released every four years under the National Climate Assessment from the multiagency Global Change Research Program, The Hill noted, and its findings are in line with the broader scientific community.
Trump downplayed the report's findings, telling reporters on Monday's that he doesn't "believe" its warnings about the economic impacts of climate change.
The president has long voiced skepticism about the existence of climate change.