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 Ryan2020 Presidential Candidates Democrats decry Trump's push to slash number of accepted refugees Harris on whistleblower complaint: 'This is a cover-up' MORE (D-Ohio) fired back Friday at President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage 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 WarrenSanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption Biden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' Warren enters crucial debate with big momentum MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted that the U.S. has a “moral obligation” to combat climate change, and Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDemocrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Trump DOJ under fire over automaker probe The Hill's Morning Report - Trump eyes narrowly focused response to Iran attacks 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.