Former President Donald Trump said Thursday the Joint Chiefs of Staff should be fired for incompetence if they really believe climate change is the top threat facing the United States.
Trump’s statement came in response to remarks made by President Joe Biden to American forces at Royal Air Force Mildenhall in Suffolk, England, the previous day.
Biden referred to an assessment of the threat posed by climate change he said the chiefs of staff offered while he was serving as vice president during the Obama administration.
The briefing he recounted took place in the “Tank,” a secure conference room at the Pentagon used to discuss highly sensitive and classified information.
“You know, when I went over in the Tank in the Pentagon, when I first was elected vice president, with President Obama, the military sat us down to let us know what the greatest threats facing America were — the greatest physical threats,” Biden said, according to the official White House transcript of his speech.
“And this is not a joke: You know what the Joint Chiefs told us the greatest threat facing America was? Global warming.
“Because there’ll be significant population movements, fights over land, millions of people leaving places because they’re literally sinking below the sea in Indonesia; because of the fights over what is arable land anymore.”
In a Thursday statement, Trump responded, “Biden just said that he was told by the Joint Chiefs of Staff that Climate Change is our greatest threat. If that is the case, and they actually said this, he ought to immediately fire the Joint Chiefs of Staff for being incompetent!”
Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made clear during congressional testimony on Thursday that he does not believe climate change is the greatest threat facing the United States.
“Climate change is a threat. Climate change has significant impact on military operations, and we have to take it into consideration,” Milley told GOP Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota when questioned about Biden’s statement.
“But the president is looking at it at a much broader angle than I am,” the general added.
“I’m looking at it from a strictly military standpoint. And from a strictly military standpoint, I’m putting China, Russia up there. That is not, however, in conflict with the acknowledgment that climate change” plays a role in national security, Milley said.
Cramer replied, “I just think it’s peculiar that the president would go to another continent and tell our service members there that the No. 1 threat is climate change, albeit a threat.”
Biden is in the U.K. to attend the G-7 summit, which is taking place this week.
This article appeared originally on Patriot Project.
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