Jennifer Lawrence has blasted “preposterous” reports suggesting she was holding U.S. President Donald Trump responsible for the hurricanes which have battered America and the Caribbean.
The star hit headlines last week after sharing her views on climate change and the state of U.S. politics in an interview with Britain’s Channel 4 News to promote her new thriller mother!.
During the chat, Jennifer, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, expressed her disappointment at the lack of concern Republican politicians appear to have for the human impact on global warming, admitting it’s “scary” legislators “continue to ignore it.”
“You’re watching these hurricanes now, and it’s hard not to feel Mother Nature’s wrath...,” she continued. “I’ve heard things and seen things in my country that devastate me and make me sick. It’s just really confusing.”
A number of conservative blogs and news outlets picked up the Oscar winner’s comments, and misquoted her, with multiple reports alleging she had directly blamed Trump for causing hurricanes like Harvey and Irma.
Now Lawrence has reached out to fans online to clarify the controversy.
“My remarks were taken grossly out of context,” she wrote in a post on Facebook. “Obviously I never claimed that President Trump was responsible for these tragic hurricanes. That is a silly and preposterous headline that is unfortunate, because it detracts from the millions of lives that are being impacted by these devastating storms and the recent earthquake (in Mexico).”