Donald Trump thinks that television was invented for one purpose, and one purpose only: so he could be looked at, in their livingrooms and in bars, or wherever, by whoever wanted to look at him.
He did it again last night on CBS’ 60 Minutes.
Interviewed by Lesley Stahl, he blathered about a lot of things, including the recent report (which, surely, he hasn’t read) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Meeting recently in Inchon, South Korea, the IPCC, which consists of scientists and government representatives, issued a report that pointed out what every sensible person knows: that time’s running out for Planet Earth.
It’s clear that climate change, caused by humans, exacerbates natural disasters such as hurricanes. But, speaking to Stahl, Trump dismissed the work of the climate scientists as they study increases in global temperatures.
Associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones was backstage with Trump and Stahl after the interview was taped. That’s when Trump told Stahl, “You know what? Hurricane Michael didn’t happen. It just didn’t happen. It’s all fake news. Those stories about what happened down in Florida and the Carolinas and Virginia, they were just made up by people who don’t like me.”
Trump also told Stahl (again, backstage) that he wants to cut off diplomatic relations with South Korea because President Moon Jae-in allowed the IPCC report to be released in his country.