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2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said climate change poses a greater threat to national security than ISIS or Al-Qaeda, during a campaign speech in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday.
“Four years ago I came here, to Iowa, and I was asked what is the great issue of national security that we face? And people thought, I would say, ISIS or Al Qaeda, and these are big topics. The answer I gave, in terms of national security, is climate change,” said Sanders, as the crowd cheered.
Sanders was an outspoken advocate of state intervention to combat climate change, but also spent nearly $300,000 in private air travel in October 2018.
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Sanders’ 2018 campaign committee paid $297,685 in the October 10 New York-based Apollo Jets, jet charter company used by famous sports stars, to receive according to Federal campaign reports by VTDigger.org a watchdog site in Vermont.
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“This expense was for transportation for the senator’s nine-day, nine-state tour to support Democratic candidates up and down the ballot prior to the election day,” said Arianna Jones, senior communications adviser for friends of Bernie Sanders.
Sanders as President Trump an “idiot” on Twitter Saturday as skeptical of climate change.
“Donald Trump believes that climate change is a hoax. Donald Trump is an idiot,” he wrote.
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Anti-Trump Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Sanders replied’ tweet, Trump called “a danger for our democracy and the future of our country.”
Fox News Louis Casiano and David Montanaro contributed to this report.