Days after signing an executive order to dismantle all the Obama-era environmental protections, President Donald Trump told a roomful of CEOs Tuesday that he has won “several environmental awards,” a claim for which fact-checkers have found no evidence.
During a town hall with business leaders, Trump said that his administration aimed to significantly cut back on “90, 95 percent of” regulations on unspecified industries, and that “nobody loves loves the environment more than me.”
“And we want safety,” he said. “And we want environmental – we want environmental protection. I mean, I have won awards on environmental protection. I’m a big believer, believe it or not.”
This is not the first time Trump makes the bogus claim. According to the Washington Post, Trump told business leaders on Jan. 23 that “I’m a very big person when it comes to the environment. I have received awards on the environment.”
Also, in 2011, the Washington Post further noted, he told “Fox and Friends” that he had received “many, many environmental awards.”
The Post found no evidence to support Trump’s claims in media reports over the past 10 years. Several large environmental groups similarly found no evidence of Trump’s multiple environmental awards, according to the same report.
The White House has no responded to comment on the report.