President Trump Says Salute to America Will Happen Again Next Year

James Marshall
July 9, 2019

During a White House event on environmental protection, Trump patted himself on the back for his "remarkable" Salute to America event and its "incredible, big attractive crowds".

We need to live in a world that has cleaner air.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, for example, said, "I do believe that our air is cleaner and our water is cleaner than other countries around the world".

While climate change and other environmental issues continue to resonate more strongly with Democrats than any other group, a majority of independents also rank it as an important consideration in the upcoming election. We have the cleanest water; it's crystal clean.

Trump said then that China would restart large purchases of USA agricultural commodities, and the U.S. would ease some export restrictions on Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies.

The planned speech has been slammed by conservation groups who noted that Trump has reversed steps to fight climate change, one of the biggest environmental challenges facing the planet.

And ahead of the speech, the Sierra Club said the President "has quickly established the worst record on the environment and climate action of any president in the history of the country".

Mary Neumayr, chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality at the White House, defends what she calls a "practical, balanced approach" on environmental issues by Trump, that allows for supporting business growth nationwide. "We want the cleanest air. When you think about the clean energy that America is delivering around the world - whether it's in the form of liquefied natural gas, or whether it's in our renewable technologies, whether it's in our nuclear energy technology going around the world - we are displacing literally tons and tons of old, dirty-burning gas emissions and coal emissions in Europe and replacing them with clean-burning natural gas".

But these assertions ring hollow to many environmentalists.

The new duties take effect from June 16, a government notification said, in the latest trade row since Trump took office in 2017 vowing to act against countries with which Washington has a large trade deficit.

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