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White House Spokesman Struggles on Whether Climate Change or Terrorism Is a Bigger Threat

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House press secretary Josh Earnest struggled to say Tuesday whether climate change or terrorism pose a bigger threat to Americans.

Earnest said there are “many more people” whose daily lives are impacted by climate change and diseases than by terrorism.

Earnest was pressed on the matter after President Barack Obama said the sensational nature of terrorism outweighs coverage of longer term issues like climate change by the media.

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