Trump’s vow “to promote clean air and clear water” Tuesday evening drew howls from environmental advocates, who noted that only hours earlier he had signed an executive order aimed at unraveling an Obama-era regulation known as the Clean Water Rule.
His comments came amid reports that the Trump administration wants to make significant cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, rolling back numerous regulations of recent years and shrinking the agency’s overall role. The agency’s newly confirmed administrator, Scott Pruitt, repeatedly sued the EPA in recent years, arguing that it had overreached its legal authority.
On the campaign trail last year, Trump made clear his disdain for the agency. “We are going to get rid of it in almost every form,” he said. “We’re going to have little tidbits left. But we’re going to take a tremendous amount out.”