Trump exempted Florida from offshore drilling. Ethics Chief’s response just went viral


Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke managed to piss off both coasts today, but it’s not for the usual reasons. Trump recently announced plans to vastly expand offshore oil drilling, drawing criticism from across the country and both sides of the aisle.

Today, Zinke and Trump caved to “pressure” from Florida’s Republican Governor and agreed to exempt only Florida from the expansion of offshore drilling.

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It’s not lost on anyone that Florida is home to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s gaudy “Winter White House” to which he retreats to play golf and forget the names of close friends almost weekly.

Former White House Ethics Chief Walter Shaub fired back and called it out in a fiery tweet.


Zinke rationalized the Florida carveout by saying its coasts “are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.” He conveniently ignores the fact that all coastal states rely on their coasts for tourism and economic drive. No one’s coming to New Jersey for the view.

Republican rep coastal states, too, and they’re not thrilled about the spoiled coastlines and potential for environmental disaster either.

A handful of lawmakers joined the chorus of complaints on Twitter after news broke of Florida’s exemption.

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Looks like Zinke’s going to have some ‘splaining to do.



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