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Trump on Science and History

This administration did not make it easy for the scientific or emergency management communities.

Published Jan 19, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 04: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) references a map held by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan while talking to reporters following a briefing from officials about Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office at the White House September 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. The map was a forecast from August 29 and appears to have been altered by a black marker to extend the hurricane's range to include Alabama. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Donald Trump once described himself as a "stable genius," but the 45th president of the United States had a troubling relationship with science. While some of his claims can be brushed off as little more than odd statements, others have had real consequences. For example, Trump repeatedly downplayed the COVID-19 pandemic, which may have contributed to the prolonged spread of the disease. He's also made troubling or confusing statements about wildfires and even approaching hurricanes.

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Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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