Matt Gaetz makes rare break with Trump: 'Climate change is real'
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Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzLawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public MORE (R-Fla.) on Tuesday made a rare break with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails 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 DeSantisFlorida gov says arrested Giuliani associate was seen as a top Trump supporter in the state Backlash erupts at video depicting Trump killing media, critics WHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets 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.