President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration is working to “reclaim” the science of human evolution.
“I am taking a big, big gamble,” Trump said during a White House event, calling on the scientific community to find a way to “put this science back in context.”
He said he’s “going to do everything in my power to make sure that science is put in context, that we get to the truth, and that we have a strong scientific argument.”
In the wake of a spate of scientific studies that have suggested that humans are a species of “mammalian-inhabiting apes” and that humans descended from an ancient hominid lineage, the president called for a moratorium on new studies and a moratorium to prevent scientists from using “the very limited data that we now have” to draw conclusions about human origins.
“We don’t need the studies anymore, we don’t have the data,” Trump told reporters.
“You don’t want to do it.
You want to use the data, because you have to use it.
And we don, and we’re going to have to get back to the science.”
Trump’s comments echoed his call for a scientific boycott of the United Nations, which the president said is “the greatest threat to the survival of our children.”
In an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Trump also defended his travel ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The order sparked protests from the international community, and Trump on Thursday said he had withdrawn the order, citing “very strong” security concerns.
“The reason for that is very simple,” Trump responded.
“Because it’s very important for us to keep our country safe.”