China is reminding the president-elect of the United States that they didn't make up global warming, really.
China’s Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told reporters that Trump’s previous claims that the country had created global warming to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive simply couldn’t be true because other Republican presidents worked on climate negotiations.
“If you look at the history of climate change negotiations, actually it was initiated by the IPCC with the support of the Republicans during the Reagan and senior Bush administration during the late 1980s,” Liu said according to a Bloomberg story published Wednesday.
In 2012, Trump tweeted that the concept was fictionalized by the Chinese.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Trump called this claim a "joke" during a January appearance on Fox & Friends after Sen. Bernie Sanders pointed out the 2012 tweet but he quickly added that, "this is done for the benefit of China, because China does not do anything to help climate change."
China's role aside, Trump also called climate change and global warming a "hoax" in a flurry of tweets in January, 2014.
NBC News just called it the great freeze - coldest weather in years. Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2014
Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2014
Give me clean, beautiful and healthy air - not the same old climate change (global warming) bullshit! I am tired of hearing this nonsense.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2014
Trump frequently criticized China’s trade practices during the campaign but Sunday night he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping via telephone. According to the Trump team the two “established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another.”