Earlier President TrumpDonald Trump – Former House Republicans to Challenge DeWine to Candidate for Government in Ohio GOP Senators Press Justice Department to Compare Arrests with Capitol Rebellion Overnight Defense: Austin Leads Classified Initiatives to Counter China | Biden emphasizes alliances in speech to troops Lockdown lifted at Texas base after reported shooting MORE issued a statement Thursday rejecting the threat of climate change and saying so President Biden should fire the joint chiefs of staff if they see it as a major problem for the country.
The message from Trump, which is still banned on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, comes as Biden makes his first foreign trip as president to Europe.
Biden is expected to discuss climate change during the trip with other European leaders.
Trump repeatedly downplayed climate change during his presidency, calling it a scam and working to remove rules introduced by the Obama administration to reduce U.S. carbon emissions. Biden returned in his first week in office to the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement, from which Trump had removed the nation.
Trump’s email statement Thursday also took Biden’s comments out of context.
“Biden just said that he was told by the joint chiefs of staff that climate change is our biggest threat. If that is the case, and they actually said this, he should immediately fire the joint chiefs of staff for being incompetent! Trump said in a statement Thursday.
While the joint chiefs of staff have repeatedly warned of the threat of climate change, Biden in his speech on Wednesday referred to US troops in the United Kingdom on his arrival in Europe to a warning that the joint chiefs gave him at the beginning of his term as vice president.
“When I was thinking about the Pentagon, when I was first elected Vice President with President Obama, the military put us down to tell us what the biggest threats to America were,” Biden said.
“And this is not a joke: Do you know what the Joint Chiefs told us was the biggest threat to America? Global warming. “Because there will be significant population movements, struggle over land, millions of people leaving places because they are literally sinking under the sea in Indonesia because of the struggles over what is arable land,” he added.
These officials no longer have a mandate when the current Joint Chiefs were appointed by Trump.
The current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark MilleyMark MilleyOvernight Defense: Austin Leads Classified Initiatives to Counter China | Biden underscores alliances in speech to troops Lockdown lifted at Texas base after reported shooting Overnight Defense: Austin approaches decision on military reform of sexual assault | Dems leads high profile match | Lawmakers push to rebuild Iron Dome Austin approaches decision on military reform of sexual assault MORE, testified before Congress Friday that climate change was a threat.
“Climate change is a threat. Climate change has a significant impact on military operations, and we must take that into account, ”he said. “Climate change will, for example. Affect natural resources. It will affect increased instability in different parts of the world. It will affect migrations and so on. And in addition, we have infrastructure challenges here at home, we are witnessing some of our hurricanes and the like.
“But the president looks at it from a much broader angle than I do. I look at it from a strictly military point of view. And from a strictly military point of view, I put China, Russia up there. However, this is not contrary to the recognition that climate change or infrastructure or education systems – national security have a broad angle on it. I look at it from a strictly military standard, ”he added.
In response, Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerPutin says Nord Stream 2 pipeline nears completion Overnight Defense: Senate confirms Army secretary after snafu | Afghanistan withdrawal “slightly” ahead of schedule Senate confirms Wormuth as first female military secretary after delay MORE (RN.D.) said, “I just think it’s weird that the president would go to another continent and tell our service members there that threat # 1 is climate change, albeit a threat.”
Rebecca Kheel contributed.