CNN's King: Trump avoiding climate change at SOTU 'frankly, a disgrace'

CNN's King: Trump avoiding climate change at SOTU 'frankly, a disgrace'
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CNN anchor John King on Tuesday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg on Mueller report: 'Politically, I'm not sure it will change much' Sarah Sanders addresses false statements detailed in Mueller report: 'A slip of the tongue' Trump to visit Japan in May to meet with Abe, new emperor MORE for not mentioning climate change during his State of Union address, calling the decision "just frankly, a disgrace."

"Every leader, whatever his party, should be talking about climate change," King said late Tuesday discussing Trump's remarks. "You can have a debate about what to do about it. But that the president of the United States, at this moment in the world, did not mention climate change in even a sentence is, just frankly, a disgrace." 

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The comments came following Trump's speech that received high marks in polling, with approximately three-quarters of respondents in polls released late Tuesday by CNN and CBS approving of the address.

Trump recently mocked global warming on Twitter as a polar vortex gripped much of the country, causing record-low temperatures.

"Be careful and try staying in your house. Large parts of the Country are suffering from  tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold," Trump tweeted to his more than 58 million followers. "Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!"  

 

King also praised the Democratic response by Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams as the "best response by a Democrat or Republican" he had seen in years. 

"That's the best response by a Democrat or Republican I can remember in some years," the "Inside Politics" anchor said. "It's a very difficult job. It's a thankless job. But also, you learn about the differences between the two parties."

"She talked about voting rights. She talked about climate change and she talked about guns. We did not hear any of those subjects from the president of the United States," he continued. "Democrats believe that animates their coalition. They believe it helps them, and they believe especially on the issue of climate change, especially on the issue of voting rights, it helps them to talk about things the president won't talk about."