Kellyanne Conway Spars with 'Amateur Climatologist' Chris Cuomo Over Climate Change and Harvey
By Daniel Chaitin, The Washington Examiner
Kellyanne Conway didn't take kindly to Chris Cuomo insistence on talking about climate change during an interview about Hurricane Harvey disaster relief on Wednesday, prompting her to say the CNN host was playing "amateur climatologist."
After the two sparred on the issue of congressional approval for funding a Harvey relief package, Cuomo asked if the prevelance of strong storms, like Harvey, "open up a discussion about the role of climate change" within the Trump administration.
Trump has been subject to backlash over comments he made in the past expressing doubt about climate change, and his actions as president, including announcing an exit from the Paris Agreement and dismissing a climate change advisory panel.
Conway, who is counselor to President Trump, pushed back on Cuomo's question, saying the focus should remain on helping "the people whose lives are literally underwater."
"I'm not going to engage in that right now, because I work for a president and a vice president and a country that is very focused on helping the millions of affected Texans and god forbid Louisianans," she said.