Donald Trump mocks global warming predictions - but ignores New York fire disaster

Donald Trump is a committed climate change sceptic

Donald Trump is likely to face fresh scrutiny over his latest tweets (and non-tweets)

Friday, December 29, 2017

Donald Trump has taken the opportunity to mock climate change - but said nothing about the disaster in his native New York last night.

The US President, a committed climate change sceptic, used the freezing temperatures on the eastern seaboard as a pretext to ridicule predictions about global warming yesterday (December 28), suggesting his predecessors wanted to spend trillions of dollars guarding against a non-existent threat.

However Trump has yet to tweet his condolences about the apartment fire which ripped through the Bronx last night, just across the water from his native Queens.

In his final tweet of the day, Trump wrote: "In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record.

"Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!"

The tweet was sent at around 7pm local time (12am GMT), just before the fire in the Bronx Zoo apartment block made headlines around the world.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio made a moving speech at the scene of the disaster, which has left 12 people dead including a 1-year-old baby. But Trump, normally a prolific user of social media, has yet to tweet his views or condolences.