CNN host Chris Cuomo resurrected his tense exchange with Kellyanne Conway over Hurricane Harvey and how it relates to climate change while interviewing Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday, repeating his complaint that the White House counselor "berated" him when he asked about the issue.
While speaking with Sanders, Cuomo returned to the "larger question" about Harvey, which is why bigger and stronger storms appear to be more frequent than they should be. Cuomo pointed out that this begs the climate change question, which he asked of Conway on Wednesday.
But, he said, when he asked Conway about it, "she berated me," and added President Trump's EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, also dismissed the same suggesstion on Thursday.
One day prior, Cuomo repeatedly pressed Conway on whether Harvey should open up a conversation within the Trump administration about climate change, as President Trump has previously expressed doubt about it, has announced an exit from the Paris Agreement and dismissed a climate change advisory panel.
Cuomo, who wouldn't stray from the topic, asked Conway to "imagine" if scientists find out why there are so many powerful storms and figure out a way to reduce their freuquency. "It's a question about whether or not the administration is open. It seems the answer is no," he said.
Conway accused Cuomo of putting words in her mouth, to which Cuomo shot back, "you berated me for asking the question and made it sound as if I wasn't caring about the situation. I think the cause of this storm matters."
Sanders, I-Vt., said on Thursday he agreed with Conway that the initial focus should remain on rescue efforts as flooding continues to impact areas of Texas and Louisiana.
"That is the immediate task," he said. "But I think it is pretty dumb not to ask some hard questions about why more rain is now falling and has fallen in the Houston area, as I understand it, than any time that people have measured. Is it related to climate change?"
The senator noted that the majority of scientists believe more extreme weather events are tied to climate change.