President Trump on Monday highlighted “pretty big stories” about the mining sector as proof that his energy policies are working, three days after urging the media to write more positive stories about the economy.
“There are a couple of major stories today in the newspapers about the mines that are opening and the miners are going back to work,” Trump said at the beginning of his first-ever White House Cabinet meeting Monday.
“Actually, they’re pretty big stories. People are surprised. It’s kicking in very fast.”
Trump on Saturday accused the “fake news” media of refusing to report on positive economic issues, including the “drilling and energy sector” going “way up.”
...way up. Regulations way down. 600,000+ new jobs added. Unemployment down to 4.3%. Business and economic enthusiasm way up- record levels!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2017
On Monday, the right-wing website CNS News published a story about the mining sector posting its first quarterly profit in three years.
The report — based on Census Bureau data released early last week — looks at information from the mining, quarrying, oil and natural gas sectors. The sector turned a combined $1.9 billion profit in the first quarter of 2017 after losing money since late 2014.
Trump has looked to boost the fossil-fuel sector during his first five months in office, signing executive orders rolling back environmental regulations from the Obama administration and beginning the process of pulling the United States out of the Paris climate deal, two steps he contends will help protect jobs.
He said Monday that his platform of “unlocking American energy” has so far yielded “amazing results.”
—Timothy Cama contributed.