Trump advises Biden to ‘immediately fire Joint Chiefs of Staff’ if Climate Change quote is true

President Joe Biden addressed American soldiers during his visit to the United Kingdom on Wednesday where he made a contentious statement about the greatest threat to our national security. 

While nations like China and Russia may come to mind to most, Biden told the troops that climate change is in fact the greatest threat to America, eliciting a quick response from former President Donald Trump.

During his remarks, Biden explained that when he was first elected Vice President under President Obama, they went to the Tank in the Pentagon where they were briefed on the greatest physical threats facing our nation. 

Biden continued, “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,” 

Trump released a statement Thursday in response to Biden’s remarks, calling on the president to fire his Joint Chiefs of Staff if they did, indeed, provide such counsel.

“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!”

Those senior military leaders who advised Biden on climate change are no longer in office and it appears that he has not received the same kind of briefing from the current Joint Chiefs of Staff who were appointed by Trump.

If Biden had met with the new Joint Chiefs, he would know that climate change is no longer the number one threat to American national security. 

At present, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, testified before Congress on Thursday that while climate change remains a threat, it is certainly not the largest threat America faces. 

Milley said that climate change has a significant impact on military operations, and must be taken into consideration. He added that it affects natural resources and can create instability and migration in different parts of the world. 

“But the president is looking at it at a much broader angle than I am. I’m looking at it from a strictly military standpoint,” Milley continued. “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 or infrastructure or education systems — national security has a broad angle to it. I’m looking at it from a strictly military standard.”

Trump was criticized for putting the issue of climate change on the backburner, but his “greener” efforts are not often mentioned. Under his administration, America continued to be a world leader in clean air, including in energy-related CO2 emissions. Air quality improved by 77 percent over the last 50 years, including 7 percent under then-President Trump.

Biden has prioritized climate change across his agenda. He re-joined the Paris Climate Accord shortly after his inauguration, slashed emissions targets, and has included “green” provisions like electric vehicle subsidies, inside his sweeping spending plans.

However, after numerous hacks on American infrastructure and supply chains by suspected Russian actors in the last few weeks, coupled with re-emerging concerns that the coronavirus’s origins are rooted in a lab in Wuhan, China, it may be time for Biden to re-frame his national security priorities. 

Social media users identified with Trump’s argument, and took to Twitter to voice their concerns on Biden’s security priorities:

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