‘I think I know more about the environment than most people’: Trump says he’s an environmentalist during the G7 summit

“In a nutshell, I want the cleanest water on Earth. I want the cleanest air on Earth. That’s what we’re doing. And I’m an environmentalist.”

Protester at the Climate March in Washington, D.C. (Image credit: Zach D. Roberts / NationofChange)

President Trump has been called a lot of things since he became President but an environmentalist is not one of them. Yet during a discussion on climate change on Monday at the G7 summit in France, Trump described himself as someone who knows “more about the environment than most people.”

President Trump turned the conversation of climate change into boasting about the U.S.’s booming energy industry, claiming that he isn’t going to “lose” the “tremendous wealth” the industry has achieved from liquified natural gas (LGN) but that he wants “the cleanest water on Earth. I want the cleanest air on Earth.”

“At the same, it’s very important to me — we have to maintain this incredible place that we’ve all built. We’ve become a much richer country, and that’s a good thing, not a bad thing. … We can take care of people that we couldn’t have taken care of in the past cause of the great wealth. We can’t let that wealth be taken away,” the president concluded.

The is news to the rest of the world, as the Trump administration has been hell-bent on rolling back all kinds of environmental protections since Trump was sworn in as President.

“I’ve got more environmental impact statements probably than anybody … more than anybody that has ever been president or vice president or anything even close to president. I think I know more about the environment than most people,” Trump said.

Meanwhile, the president was the only G7 leader not in attendance at a climate meeting on Monday due to scheduling conflicts.


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Ruth Milka started as an intern for NationofChange in 2015. Known for her thoughtful and thorough approach, Ruth is committed to shedding light on the intersection of environmental issues and their impact on human communities. Her reporting consistently highlights the urgency of environmental challenges while emphasizing the human stories at the heart of these issues. Ruth’s work is driven by a passion for truth and a dedication to informing the public about critical global matters concerning the environment and human rights.