Matt Gaetz makes rare break with Trump: 'Climate change is real'
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Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGOP Mueller critic says Flynn contacted him during special counsel probe: report 2020 Dem Seth Moulton calls for expanding cannabis access for veterans Hillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group MORE (R-Fla.) on Tuesday made a rare break with President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE on the subject of climate change.

Gaetz is a vocal supporter of Trump, but he posted in contrast to the president after Trump tweeted in support of a "Fox & Friends" segment that called climate change “fake news” and “fake science.”

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“Climate change is real,” Gaetz wrote on Twitter less than two hours after Trump’s post, adding that “humans contribute.”

His post appears to be a direct response to Trump, who has frequently questioned the science behind climate change and the impact humans have on it.

Trump has previously suggested climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese and has pointed to winter storms and weather patterns to push back on the idea of global warming.

Gaetz represents a district in Florida that encompasses the northern portion of the state’s western coastline and is a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus in Congress.

Gaetz was also a co-chairman on new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisDHS official: Florida one of the 'best' states on election security, despite 2016 Russian hack Florida teacher arrested for loaded gun in backpack told reporter: 'Ask DeSantis' Trump officials not sending migrants to Florida after backlash MORE’s (R) transition team.

DeSantis has made environmental issues in the state a key cause early in his tenure, dedicating increased funding to restoration for the Everglades National Park and establishing a task force to combat algae blooms in the state.

Scientists have found that climate change is a contributing factor for the emergence of larger groups of algae blooms near Florida due to warming waters.