President Donald Trump declared at a campaign event Thursday that he was perfectly willing to protect the environment — unless other countries around the around made it too expensive to do so.
“I am truly an environmentalist,” Trump told supporters in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. “But you have to understand, when we do things, and they don’t, and we clean — and it’s very expensive to do that — and they don’t, and we have this massive planet, and China, India, Russia, Germany, all these places are fuming up, and we’re doing our job and beautiful, they have to do it also. Otherwise, it just doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to.”
Trump played up the inconvenience of a paper straw, arguing that it “disintegrates as you drink,” allowing liquid to dribble on your tie.
Trump’s Interior Department reduced the size of national monuments and weakened restrictions protecting wildlife, a New York Times analysis found. His Environmental Protection Agency also repealed greenhouse gas emission standards for vehicles and power plants, the newspaper added.
“We’ve seen too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic,” Obama tweeted. “We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall.”
You can watch PBS video of Trump’s Latrobe rally below.