World Bank president declines calls to step down
The big picture: Malpass apologized for remarks he made this week when he would not answer whether climate change was caused by humans. "I don't know — I'm not a scientist," he said during the event, sparking international furor.
What he's saying: "When asked, 'Are you a climate denier?’ I should’ve said no," Malpass, a Trump holdover, said Friday during a virtual conversation with a Politico author, the outlet reports.
- “It was a poorly chosen line, I regret that, because we as an organization are using the science every day."
- "That wasn’t a good phrase for me to use,” Malpass said. “We have a lot of input from our global scientific community."
- He also said that he would "absolutely" accept training from climate scientists, per Politico.
State of play: Malpass' refusal this week to acknowledge that fossil fuels were warming the planet sparked international calls for his resignation.
- For Biden administration officials who already were suspicious of his positions on climate change, Malpass' remarks added fuel to their desire to remove him, Nichols notes.
- White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during a news conference Friday that the Biden administration disagrees with Malpass' comments and expects the World Bank "to be a global leader of climate ambition and mobilization."
Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional reporting.