Wash. gov jokes about buying Trump a golf course to stop offshore drilling

Wash. gov jokes about buying Trump a golf course to stop offshore drilling

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) joked Thursday that he may have to buy President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE a golf course on his state’s shore to stop offshore drilling.

Inslee’s remarks on CNN came shortly after he filed a formal request with Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeTrump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Big-game hunters infuriated by Trump elephant trophy debacle Interior moves ahead with opening wildlife refuge next to contaminated nuclear site MORE to exempt his state from the administration's plans to expand offshore oil and natural gas drilling. Zinke did so Tuesday for Florida, where Trump owns the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.

“We believe America deserves a president who will protect our beaches from sea to shining sea, not just those who have a political pal who’s in trouble in a Senate race in Florida,” Inslee told host Wolf Blitzer, referring to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).

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“I don’t know, maybe I have to buy Donald Trump a golf course in Washington or something to get him to protect us," Inslee said.

Inslee has joined numerous coastal governors, both Republican and Democrat, in asking their states to be removed from Trump’s plan, unveiled last week, to consider drilling nearly everywhere along the United States’ coasts.

Zinke removed Florida’s waters unexpectedly late Tuesday after a brief meeting with Scott. He has promised to meet with all coastal governors on the plan, but has not yet removed any other state from consideration.

Inslee and his office wrote to the Trump administration in August and again last week, and both called and sent a letter to Zinke Thursday, he told CNN, but he has not gotten any response.

“I believe that every state should be granted a similar opportunity to protect its marine and coastal waters,” Inslee wrote in the Thursday letter