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 TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' 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 SanfordOvernight Defense — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Haley shocks Washington with resignation | Turkish officials reportedly conclude Saudis killed journalist | Trump eyes second Kim summit after midterms GOP on timing of Haley’s announcement: 'Unusual' and 'odd' On The Money: House passes 4B spending bill to avert shutdown | Trump 'not happy' after Fed's latest rate hike | Trump says he refused meeting with Trudeau 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 ZinkeHUD official quits amid Interior Department watchdog controversy Overnight Energy: Outdoor retailer Patagonia makes first Senate endorsements | EPA withdraws Obama uranium milling rule | NASA chief sees 'no reason' to dismiss UN climate report Interior Department sued over withholding details on trophy permits, endangered species 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).