Lieu: Trump doesn’t understand climate change or is intentionally misleading people
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Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.) attacked President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE on Twitter Thursday night, accusing the president of either "intentionally misleading" the American public about climate change, or not understanding the science behind it.

The California Democrat condemned Trump for a tweet earlier in the night in which the president stated that the northeastern U.S., which is currently suffering from cold temperatures, could use some "global warming" that the Paris climate accord was designed to prevent.

Lieu also mocked Trump for his insistence that Americans were comfortable saying "Merry Christmas" under his administration.


"Either @realDonaldTrump doesn't understand the science behind climate change, or he is intentionally misleading the American people," he tweeted. "Also, Merry Christmas (even though today is Dec 28) because the President says we can say that again (even though we have always been saying it)."

Lieu is a frequent critic of Trump and often uses his Twitter account to respond to the president.

In a tweet earlier Thursday night, Trump also erroneously suggested that the United States was the only country contributing money to a climate fund under the Paris Agreement, which Trump has pledged to withdraw the U.S. from as soon as possible.

"In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!" the president tweeted.

The Paris agreement, signed in 2014 under President Obama, is a 195-nation agreement that seeks to curb carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change. Trump announced that the U.S. would exit the agreement at a June event held at the White House.