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After skipping a meeting on climate change with world leaders at the G-7, US President Donald Trump has claimed: "I'm an environmentalist, a lot of people don't understand that."
Those wanting evidence of the bold claim were soon put at ease when he boasted about his environmental work, saying: "I have done more environmental statements than anybody, cos I have done many many many of them".
That's right, "many many many" which basically makes the man an environmental statement machine - right?
More details of his environmental prowess were revealed when Trump confessed: "I think I know more about the environment than most people."
Saving us the trouble of reading through his long list of environmental statements, President Trump went on to outline his environmental goals at the G-7 press conference saying: "I want clean air. I want clean water. I want a wealthy country. I want a spectacular country with jobs, with pensions, with so many things."
But despite having strong ideals for the United States of America, he refused to answer a reporter's question on what he thought the world should be doing about the growing threat of climate change.
He later doubled down on the topic, disregarding sources of renewable energy like solar energy and wind power, referring to power generating wind turbines as "windmills" and claiming he didn't want to waste America's "tremendous" energy wealth on "dreams".
"I want to be very careful", Trump said describing his environmental policy. "It's very important to me that we maintain this incredible place we've all built. We've become a much richer country and that's a good thing, not a bad thing. Because that great wealth allows us to take care of people. We can take care of people that we couldn't have taken care of in the past because of the great wealth. We can't let that wealth be taken away."
Trump has famously belittled the climate crisis throughout his presidency, promoting the growth of the coal mining industry and opening up public lands for drilling.
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