During a press conference following Category 4 storm Hurricane Irma pounding Florida with up to 130 mph winds, CNN’s White House correspondent couldn’t help but make the storm political.
After addressing the severity of the storm, Homeland Security Advisor Thomas Bossert was ambushed by questions from Jim Acosta about whether climate change was the reason for recent hurricanes.
“When you see three Category 4 hurricanes all on the same map at the same time, does a thought occur to you, maybe there is something to this climate change thing and its connection to powerful hurricanes? Or do you just separate the two and say, ‘Boy, there’s a lot of big hurricanes coming our way?’”
“Well, I don’t know if I’d say either, but I do note that there’s a cyclical nature of a lot of these hurricane seasons. The scientists for their forecasts on this particular one, they were dead on that this would be a stronger, more powerful hurricane season. Slightly more than average, large storms making landfall. We will have to do a larger analysis on a later date.”
Watch the exchange below.