President Trump declared at his official 2020 campaign launch on Tuesday that U.S. “air and water are the cleanest they’ve ever been.”
The claim came just hours after a new report based on federal data showed the U.S. has seen a stark increase in polluted air days in each of the past two years compared to any of the previous four years under the Obama administration.
The report also noted that during that specific period under the Obama administration, the country experienced its lowest number of polluted air days since at least 1980.
“Something I want to make clear to the media: We have among the cleanest and sharpest — crystal clean, you’ve heard me say, I want crystal clean — air and water anywhere on Earth,” Trump said during his rally in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday.
“We are creating a future of American energy independence, and yet our air and water are the cleanest they’ve ever been by far,” Trump continued.
Trump takes credit for clean air and water while simultaneously touting his support for coal energy pic.twitter.com/lNPgoWMPr6
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 19, 2019