Dem lawmaker to Trump: 'Tweet all you want' but climate change is happening

Dem lawmaker to Trump: 'Tweet all you want' but climate change is happening
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Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanKey Republican says House taking targeted approach to combating opioid epidemic The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix Dems best GOP as Scalise returns for annual charity baseball game MORE (D-Ohio) fired back Friday at President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws MORE’s tweet that the U.S. could use some “good old Global Warming” to heat up the currently freezing East Coast, saying he was “grateful” that cities and states are working to combat climate change where Trump is not.

Ryan was responding to Trump’s Thursday evening tweet saying the U.S. "could use" some global warming as record-breaking cold weather blankets much of the country.

Eastern and Great Plains states are expected to see record-breaking cold temperatures over New Year’s weekend, with some areas expected to have low temperatures in the negative 40s.

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Ryan joined a host of Democratic lawmakers who slammed Trump following the tweet. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenMulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Trump calls Nevada Dem Senate candidate 'Wacky Jacky,' renews 'Pocahontas' jab at Warren On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump floats tariffs on European cars | Nikki Haley slams UN report on US poverty | Will tax law help GOP? It's a mystery MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted that the U.S. has a “moral obligation” to combat climate change, and Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon Whitehouse6 months in, GOP tax bill an utter flop Live coverage: FBI chief, Justice IG testify on critical report GAO to look into Trump's reduction of carbon social costs MORE (D-R.I.) blasted Trump’s tweet as “embarrassing.”

Trump has denied that global warming exists in the past, claiming it was “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

In June, Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, a worldwide pact to cut back on carbon emissions to reduce global warming.

The U.S. is now the only country on Earth not part of the accord.

In response to Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris deal, a number of states and cities have announced their intention to honor the guidelines in the agreement independently.

On Wednesday, 10 more U.S. cities signed on to the Chicago Climate Charter, a now 67-city pact to fight climate change. The pact also includes leaders from Mexico City, Paris and Vancouver.