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Donald Trump Tells Global Warming to 'Come Back Fast, We Need You' During Current Cold Snap

President Donald Trump taunted the scientists, lawmakers and members of the American public who have called for the U.S. government to step up its fight against climate change with a tweet Monday night that pointed to the frigid temperatures striking parts of the country. 

A phenomenon called the polar vortex has spread southward from the North Pole and caused temperatures to plummet to record lows in the Midwest, as well as other regions. Officials are warning the public to stay safe amid the life-threatening conditions, public schools have closed in some areas, and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers declared a state of emergency. 

The president, meanwhile, sent a message through his favorite social media platform, Twitter. He didn’t warn Americans to stay inside and avoid the dangerous wind chills. He didn’t say how to protect pets, pipes and plants—or people. Instead, he spoke to the weather gods.

“In the beautiful Midwest,” he wrote, “windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Warming? Please come back fast, we need you!”

Across the Midwest, temperatures that take wind chills into account are expected to dip below minus 50 degrees and even minus 60 in some places. The Weather Channel said the polar vortex should produce the coldest temperatures in two decades. The channel also said some cities in the Midwest will be “colder than Antarctica.”

Although the local weather in the parts of the United States is colder than average, the global climate is still becoming warmer. Trump has repeatedly denied this fact, however. In a 2012 tweet, he even called climate change a Chinese hoax. 

This hasn’t been the first time the commander in chief has mocked climate change during a cold snap. Just last week, the president asked where global warming was.

“Be careful and try staying in your house. Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold. Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!” Trump wrote. 

A month earlier, Trump tweeted when another cold snap hit the country.

“Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?” he wrote. 

Of course, tweets are one thing, but pulling out of the Paris climate agreement in June 2017 showed Trump does not intend to support the fight against climate change, as he views it as damaging to certain industries. At the time, he said he was elected the “citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

“In order to fulfil my solemn duty to the United States and its citizens, the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accords or a really entirely new transaction, on terms that are fair to the United States,” Trump said then. “We will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. If we can, that’s great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”

The cold snap hitting the country now has already dipped across the Midwest and into the Deep South. Texas has experienced below-freezing temperatures, and heavy snow is expected in Atlanta this week, even as Super Bowl LIII festivities are underway.

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