Trump denies saying climate change was Chinese hoax — and is contradicted by his own Twitter account

Republished From Marketwatch By Robert Schroeder

Hillary Clinton called out Donald Trump at their first debate on Monday night for labeling climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.

Trump denied saying that. But his own Twitter feed contradicts him, with the real-estate magnate tweeting back in 2012 that global warming was created “by and for the Chinese.”

Trump’s tweet on climate change was the most retweeted post during the debate, according to Twitter. For 90 minutes, Clinton and Trump clashed over taxes, regulation and trade, as well as combating ISIS, Trump’s unreleased tax returns and Clinton’s private email server.

Trump gave no ground to Clinton on her climate-change statement, but he did own up to a couple of other charges from the former secretary of state. He acknowledged, for instance, that he rooted for the housing crisis by saying, “That’s called business.” Plus, when Clinton said past years’ filings showed Trump didn’t pay federal taxes, he replied, “That’s being smart.”

Clinton also pressed Trump on his being sued by the Justice Department in the 1970s for not renting to minorities. Trump pointedly did not admit guilt but did say the suit had been settled.

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