GOP lawmaker rips Trump, Zinke: 'Self-serving' to exempt Florida from drilling

GOP lawmaker rips Trump, Zinke: 'Self-serving' to exempt Florida from drilling
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A South Carolina Republican on Wednesday slammed a decision by the Trump administration to exempt Florida from proposed offshore drilling as "self-serving" because President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Pawlenty loses comeback bid in Minnesota Establishment-backed Vukmir wins Wisconsin GOP Senate primary MORE's Mar-a-Lago resort is in the state.

“I would also say this, it smacks of what we never want to see in politics, which is, is it only self-serving?” Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordTrump’s endorsements cement power but come with risks Trump: I ‘destroy' careers of Republicans who say bad things about me GOP lawmaker: Trump is 'robbing the piggy bank' with tariffs MORE (R-S.C.) told “CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin.” 

“I mean, you can't say 'I don’t want to see an oil rig from Mar-a-Lago as I look out from the waters of Palm Beach, but it’s okay to look at an oil rig out from Hilton Head of Charleston, S.C.' ”

Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy: EPA questioned safety of rolling back fuel efficiency rule | Zinke blames 'environmental terrorist groups' for wildfires | Illinois sues Chicago Trump hotel for violating water rules Zinke blames 'environmental terrorist groups' for scale of California wildfires Overnight Energy: Trump Cabinet officials head west | Zinke says California fires are not 'a debate about climate change' | Perry tours North Dakota coal mine | EPA chief meets industry leaders in Iowa to discuss ethanol mandate MORE announced Tuesday that Florida would be exempt from consideration, citing the state’s reliance on tourism. 

Sanford, who represents South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District and previously served as its governor, argued that tourism is also significant for the Palmetto State.

“The president ran on the idea of draining the swamp: no more politics as usual. If this is not a sign of politics as usual, I don’t know what is," Sanford told CNN.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) is reportedly also requesting an exemption for his state, as is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D).