In the aftermath of Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, the issue of climate change has jumped back into the national spotlight. When the topic was highlighted during a recent interview on MSNBC, the segment got intense.

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Even before he officially became a candidate for president, Donald Trump expressed his skepticism over climate change. The most notable example came in the form of a tweet sent out in 2012 when referred to global warming as a "hoax" that was created by the Chinese.

As reported by Vox last week, the former host of "The Apprentice" has sent out over 100 tweets denying or questioning the validity of climate change, despite 97 percent of the scientific community agreeing that global warming is taking place and that humans are a contributing factor. During the 2016 presidential election, Trump continued on with his agenda, which appealed to many of those on the political right who often deny the scientific facts.

After pulling off the shocking upset over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton last November, Trump went on to nominate Scott Pruitt, who has a history of not supporting climate change legislation, to become the head of the EPA. As seen during the June 6 edition of "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, Pruitt and Joe Scarborough didn't see eye to eye.

Joining MSNBC host Joe Scarborough during the Tuesday edition of "Morning Joe" was EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, which quickly turned into a heated debate over climate change and Donald Trump's official position on the issue.

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"Mr. Pruitt, it’s a simple question," Scarborough said, before asking, "Have you ever talked to the president about whether he believes climate change is real?" "Does he still believe it was a hoax launched in China?" Scarborough doubled down.

Scott Pruitt deflected, turning the attention to Donald Trump's talking point that the president wants to "put America first." As Joe Scarborough attempted to get a straight answer from Pruitt, the head of the EPA continued to dance around the question until the MSNBC host appeared to have had enough.

"I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I got to stop. I want to stop it. This interview has to stop in it’s tracks until I just get a yes or no answer from you," Scarborough stated. While Pruitt didn't give the yes or no answer that Scarborough was looking for, he didn't admit "The President has indicated the climate is changing."

Moving forward

While Donald Trump and his administration continue to push back at climate change, those who accept the science on the issue appear to be losing their patience.

The decision to back out of the Paris climate accord made the United States become just the third country to do so, joining only Syria and Nicaragua. Though it's unknown how the country will handle the issue in the future, with Trump in the White House it doesn't look promising for those who want to fight back against global warming.

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