During a prime time interview Wednesday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway lashed out at CNN host Chris Cuomo for asking about climate change as rescue operations continue for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Unable to address climate change in the wake of the storm, a visibly frustrated Conway descended into a rambling speech accusing Cuomo of being “an amateur climatologist.”
“Chris we’re trying to help the people whose lives are literally under water and you want to have a conversation about climate change,” Conway said.
“I mean, that is, I’m not going to engage in that right now because I work for a president and a vice president and a country that is very focused on helping the millions of affected Texans, and, god forbid, Louisianans if it ends up.”
Cuomo then pressed Conway on finding ways to reduce the number of super storms.
“You’re going to play climatologist tonight?” Conway replied.
“Here’s the deal,” Conway continued. “You play amateur climatologist tonight and I will play professional helper to those in need, and continue in my job here, as counselor to the president, to help listen to the Cabinet members, the president, the vice president, FEMA, DHS and others, General Kelly, who could not be a better chief of staff equipped for a matter like Harvey since he was at DHS and is accustomed to large-scale operations as such.”
Donald Trump has expressed doubt about climate change science and his administration has rolled back numerous Obama-era policies aimed at addressing the issue. The president disbanded a federal advisory panel that reported on climate change earlier this month.
Harvey first made landfall last week at a Category 4 hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm. At least 38 people have lost their lives during the storm, according to several news reports.
Watch the interview in the video below via CNN: