Trump, champion of drilling and fracking, proclaims himself ‘the great environmentalist’

President Trump traveled to Florida on Tuesday and pitched himself as a strong defender of the environment, despite his unprecedented moves to overturn regulations put in place to safeguard the country’s air, water and natural resources.

“Trump is the great environmentalist,” the president said of himself at a ceremony in Jupiter, where he signed an executive order to extend a ban on offshore oil drilling in three states. “And I am, I am. I believe strongly in it.”

Left unsaid at the ceremony for the executive order, which covers South Carolina, Florida and Georgia, is that it was Trump’s own proposal to allow drilling along the coasts of those states that sparked the backlash that led him to reconsider his initial plan.

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