Trump: Russia knows ‘I’m going to produce much more energy’ than Clinton would have

Trump: Russia knows ‘I’m going to produce much more energy’ than Clinton would have
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President Trump is promising to “produce much, much more energy than anyone else who was ever running for office,” taking fresh aim this week at his 2016 Democratic opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPavlich: Mueller’s indictment of the media Poll shows 36 percent support Trump's reelection, 43 percent prefer generic Democrat How the Clinton machine flooded the FBI with Trump-Russia dirt … until agents bit MORE’s energy platform and again arguing Russia would have preferred her to take the White House

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One on Wednesday, Trump praised the energy reserves in the United States.

The president said the country’s oil and natural gas surge is a geopolitical advantage over Russia and claimed “your energy prices right now would be double” if Clinton had won last November’s election instead of him.

“I’m a tremendous fracker, coal, natural gas, alternate energy, wind — everything, right?” Trump said, according to a transcript of the discussion released Thursday. “But I’m going to produce much, much more energy than anyone else who was ever running for office. Ever.”

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Trump has vowed to support American fossil fuel producers and workers as president, and he’s taken several steps to undo Obama administration rules that he and Republicans say hurt the coal, oil and gas sectors.

Trump said energy production is a “tremendous advantage” over Russia, where energy exports are a leading industry. The U.S., for instance, recently delivered its first shipment of liquefied natural gas to Poland, a country long reliant on Russia for energy supplies.

"We have more natural resources under our feet than any other country,” he said. “I don’t want to say oh, okay, we won’t use it."

Trump said that approach is an example of how different he is from someone like Clinton, as well as a reason why Russian leadership would have preferred to have her in office. Trump has floated this argument in recent days as possible logic for why his campaign did not collude with Russia to influence the election. The FBI and Congress are probing such allegations.

"So, if Hillary is there, you’re going to have a far less amount of fuel," Trump said. "Therefore, energy prices will be much, much higher. That’s great for Russia.”

Trump again highlighted his decision to approve the Dakota Access and Keystone oil pipelines, though he repeated the disputed claim that construction of the projects would create 48,000 jobs. In truth, the two projects will create only several dozen full-time jobs, with the rest being short-term construction jobs or part of industries that support construction of the projects.

He also said the Dakota Access project “takes [oil] to the Pacific.” The pipeline actually caries crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken region to oil storage facilities in Illinois.