Kellyanne Conway didn't take kindly to Chris Cuomo insistence on talking about climate change during an interview about Hurricane Harvey disaster relief on Wednesday, prompting her to say the CNN host was playing "amateur climatologist."
After the two sparred on the issue of congressional approval for funding a Harvey relief package, Cuomo asked if the prevelance of strong storms, like Harvey, "open up a discussion about the role of climate change" within the Trump administration.
Trump has been subject to backlash over comments he made in the past expressing doubt about climate change, and his actions as president, including announcing an exit from the Paris Agreement and dismissing a climate change advisory panel.
Conway, who is counselor to President Trump, pushed back on Cuomo's question, saying the focus should remain on helping "the people whose lives are literally underwater."
"I'm not going to engage in that right now, because I work for a president and a vice president and a country that is very focused on helping the millions of affected Texans and god forbid Louisianans," she said.
Cuomo wouldn't stray from the topic, asking 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."
"Here's the deal: You play amateur climatologist tonight and I will play professional helper to those in need and continue in my job here as counselor to the president," Conway said before returning to the administration's efforts to assist in helping those people impacted by Harvey.
"We're going to look at the human factor," Conway asserted.
Watch the exchange below, starting at about the 6:15 mark.