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 TrumpPompeo to outline post-deal strategy on Iran Trump asking aides whether he should proceed with North Korea summit: report Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all 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 SanfordSanford challenger references ex-governor's affair with 'hiking' ad Bipartisan legislation would counter the harmful impact of solar tariffs To protect solar jobs and our clean energy progress, we must repeal these new tariffs MORE (R-S.C.) told “CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin.” 

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“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 ZinkeZinke provided restricted site tours to friends: report Zinke pitches US national parks as honeymoon destination for British royal couple Utah governor signs climate change resolution after push from students 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).