Trump Cabinet members attended mining lobby meeting at Trump hotel: report

Trump Cabinet members attended mining lobby meeting at Trump hotel: report
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Three members of President's Trump Cabinet attended the National Mining Association's board of directors meeting at the Trump International Hotel in Washington this week. 

The Washington Post reported that Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossJudge rejects DOJ effort to delay House lawsuit against Barr, Ross Pelosi gets standing ovation at Kennedy Center Honors Space race is on: US can't afford congressional inaction in this critical economic sector MORE, Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryNew Energy secretary cancels Paris trip amid mass strikes against Macron proposal Mellman: The 'lane theory' is the wrong lane to be in Overnight Energy: Critics call EPA air guidance 'an industry dream' | New Energy secretary says Trump wants to boost coal | EPA looks to speed approval of disputed industry pollution permits MORE and Labor Secretary Alexander AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by National Association of Manufacturers — Whistleblower complaint roils Washington On The Money: Senate confirms Scalia as Labor chief | Bill with B in wall funding advanced over Democrats' objections | Lawyers reach deal to delay enforcement of NY tax return subpoena Sanders calls Eugene Scalia's Labor Dept. confirmation 'obscene' MORE made appearances at the annual meeting held just blocks from the White House.

Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy: House Science Committee hits EPA with subpoenas | California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver | Interior disbands board that floated privatization at national parks Interior disbands advisory board that floated privatization at national parks Overnight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics MORE was initially set to attend, but was unable to due to travel, the Post reported.

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At the meeting, Ross spoke at a general session, Acosta joined association members for lunch and Perry spoke at a breakfast — an address he posted about on Twitter.

Luke Popovich, a spokesman for the National Mining Association, told the Post that Obama administration officials, such as former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, have made appearances at the group's meetings in the past.

The meeting comes amid efforts by the Trump administration to roll back dozens of regulations. The real estate mogul-turned-president vowed on the campaign trail to lift restrictions on mining.