The Independent reports:
Donald Trump on Tuesday used a visit to battleground state Florida to extend a ban on offshore drilling there and claim he is the most environmentally friendly president since Theodore Roosevelt – despite a slew of protections he has nixed since taking office.
The president said he pressed his aides that he could publicly claim he is the most green president in American history, but they managed to talk him out of making that claim. But “one more” executive action like the one he signed in Jupiter after his remarks should get him all the way toward that claim, he said with a chuckle.
“I am,” he said of the post-Roosevelt claim. “I believe strongly in it.” Mr Trump declared himself “the great environmentalist” and warned if former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee wins in November, “the environment will be badly hurt.”
President Trump — who has denied the scientific consensus on climate change and rolled back dozens of Obama-era climate regulations — calls himself “the great environmentalist” in a speech in Jupiter, Florida https://t.co/Nj065CIsxp pic.twitter.com/Gi1MbD26p5
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