For US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, climate change doesn't figure amongst the top five threats to the United States - reflecting the rhetoric set out by US President Donald Trump, even as students across the world staged mass protests against inaction over climate change.
"Everyone's talking about global warming and the threat to this country. When you look at the top five threats to this nation, where do you rank global warming or climate change?" Fox News asked Pompeo, according to a The Washington Post journalist John Hudson.
"Yeah, I wouldn't put it in the top five," Pompeo responded.
Listing China, Pakistan and North Korea at the top of his list, the Secretary of State added, "I can count to five that get you to things that present more risk to the people I used to represent in Kansas and citizens all across America, whether it's the threat that we've talked about today from China...Pakistan...North Korea...I think I'm at five already, but I could give you a whole list of threats that I think we can effect change on in a way that will really make a difference for the security of the American people."
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