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 InsleeOvernight Energy: Trump EPA finalizes rule to kill Obama climate plan | Trump officials delayed releasing docs on Yellowstone superintendent's firing | Democrats probe oil companies' role in fuel rule rollback Overnight Energy: Trump EPA finalizes rule to kill Obama climate plan | Trump officials delayed releasing docs on Yellowstone superintendent's firing | Democrats probe oil companies' role in fuel rule rollback Inslee knocks carbon move: Trump's 'undying loyalty to coal CEOs is literally killing Americans' MORE (D) said in an interview published Tuesday that he wouldn't be shocked if President TrumpDonald John TrumpBooker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Booker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' 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.