Matt Gaetz makes rare break with Trump: 'Climate change is real'
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Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzMatt Gaetz hints prosecutor won't press charges against threatening caller for political reasons Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid House and Senate head for showdown on must-pass defense bill MORE (R-Fla.) on Tuesday made a rare break with President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist 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 DeSantisDeSantis wants statue of civil rights activist to replace Confederate figure on Capitol Hill Florida couple wins right to plant vegetables in front yard after years-long legal battle Former sheriff running for reelection after suspension over Parkland shooting 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.