Sarah Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, chastised the New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent claim that the world will end in 12 years because of climate change. Sanders suggested that the White House administration has little need for the progressive politician’s thoughts in general. She spoke about Ocasio-Cortez on a wide-ranging interview with Fox News’ “Hannity.”

Sanders also lashed out at what she called the “disgraceful” media coverage of the previous week, which included a discredited BuzzFeed News report on the Russia investigation and a social media harassment campaign against pro-Trump Catholic high school students. This story was based largely on incomplete and selectively edited videos of their encounter with a Native American man and other activists shouting homophobic slurs.

“I don’t think we’re going to listen to [Ocasio-Cortez] on much of anything — particularly not on matters we’re gonna leave in the hands of a much, much higher authority — and certainly, not listen to the freshman congresswoman on when the world may end,” Sanders said.

Ocasio-Cortez, speaking at an event commemorating Martin Luther King Day on Monday, asserted that climate change constituted “our World War II” and added: “Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is, how are we gonna pay for it?’”

President Trump repeatedly has cast doubt on the risks posed by global warming, despite the report from his administration.

‘‘Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold,” Trump tweeted on Sunday. “Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!’’

“We’re focused on what’s happening in the world right now,” Sanders told host Sean Hannity. “We wish that Democrats like herself would engage in that conversation, help us fix some of the current problems we know exist, and work with us to get some things done — particularly on the border, fixing the national and humanitarian crisis.”

Sanders added, “That’s the kind of stuff we’re focused on, not things we’re gonna leave up to the hands of something and someone much more powerful than any of us.”

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