Inslee says he wouldn't be shocked if Trump runs for reelection on environmental record

Inslee says he wouldn't be shocked if Trump runs for reelection on environmental record
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Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate 5 takeaways from fiery Democratic debate Left off debate stage, Bullock all-in on Iowa MORE (D) said in an interview published Tuesday that he wouldn't be shocked if President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE runs for reelection on his environmental record.

Inslee, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, told New York Magazine that "there is no whopper too obvious and large" for Trump, but predicted that the president would not be successful if he were to run on environmental issues.

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"Nothing would shock us, but would that be successful? No. It won’t be successful," Inslee said. "The things he is doing are so palpably violative of any sense of health. He’s trying to strip our state’s ability to protect our clean water, he’s trying to take away a state’s ability to protect its own citizens."

Inslee made the remarks after being asked about a recent Bloomberg News report that Trump will tout his environmental record on the campaign trail.

Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the plans, reported that Trump administration officials are working on climate change talking points and making list of "success stories" related to the environment that Trump can highlight in his reelection bid.

Inslee, who announced his bid for the presidency last month, has centered his campaign on the environment and climate change.

"We’re the first generation to feel the sting of climate change. And we’re the last who can do something about it," he said in a video announcing his candidacy.

The 2020 Democrat aims to make climate change a defining policy issue in his long-shot campaign as he looks to set himself apart in a crowded Democratic primary field.