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Did President Donald Trump Sign an Executive Order on Climate Change?

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Claim: Donald Trump signed an executive order naming climate change as a threat “both to the economy and national security.”



Origin:On 1 February 2017, a fake news purveyor put out a story based around an alleged reversal of course on environmental issues by United States President Donald Trump:

Early this morning, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that has pundits on both sides of the aisle in a state of disbelief. Executive Order 756843, signed by the President at 2:45 a.m. EST, declares that climate change is an immediate threat both to the economy and to national security. It directs government agencies to develop action plans to reduce their carbon footprints and reverses a previous order by Trump that was intended to encourage the development of two controversial pipeline projects. It also lifts the gag order that Trump had placed on government scientists and directs congress to pass legislation aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the U.S. by 20 percent over the next five years.

“I have a very wonderful brain,” Trump told reporters during an impromptu press conference. “I mean, it’s really fantastic, but I am also a very busy and an important man. So even when you have a brain as good as mine, the best brain, the greatest brain, you sometimes miss things. I’ve spoken with some of the top scientists here in Washington, and let me tell you, I trust these guys. They showed me without a doubt that climate change is real and and we need to do something about it now. Even the best brain, a brain such as mine, can sometimes be wrong.”

Trump tweeted his new stance this morning on climate change by stating, “Climate change is real folks, get on board the Trump train with this one!”

This particular site is one of several that uses mock-ups of major news networks, complete with logos at the top and a fake Associated Press citation to start the story. (This particular site is a CNN imposter.) The story appears to report that Trump’s order revoked a prior (real) directive, which barred the Environmental Protection Agency as well as the departments of the Interior, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture from external communications.

According to the story, Trump’s order would also direct Congress to pass legislation that would lead to a 20 percent reduction in U.S. carbon emissions by 2022. In fact, there was no such order signed.

In an especially striking contrast, it also cited a tweet from a fake Trump account supporting the “order,” then followed it up with one from the president’s actual account in the very next paragraph, as seen below:

The nature of the story is not immediately clear unless readers look at the name of the purported author (Jimmy Rustling), or scroll down to the disclaimer at the bottom of the page:

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The number to the “complaint department,” however, is actually the main number for the Westboro Baptist Church.

Originally published: 01 February 2017

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