Trump contradicts his own budget proposal, tells rally crowd he'll give more money for Great Lakes restoration

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE said at a rally on Thursday that he backed the “full funding” for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, though his 2020 budget proposal calls to cut funding for the initiative by 90 percent.

"I support the Great Lakes. Always have. They're beautiful. They're big. Very deep. Record deepness,” Trump said during his rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday night.

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“And I'm going to get, in honor of my friends, full funding of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative,” he continued.

The president’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year, which was unveiled earlier this month, makes a $270 million cut to the $300 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, according to The Detroit Free Press.

The proposed spending cut marks the third year in a row the president has proposed making cuts to the program, which was launched in 2010 to protect and restore the Great Lakes.

Multiple journalists were quick to point out the apparent budget reversal during Trump’s rally on social media.

Local lawmakers came out against Trump's proposed cut to the initiative earlier this month.  

“At a time when our government should be investing in job creating policies that improve America’s infrastructure, natural resources, and clean energy future, the Trump Administration is once again heading in the wrong direction,” Ohio state Rep. Marcy KapturMarcia (Marcy) Carolyn KapturAppropriators face crucial weekend to reach deal Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown Overnight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases MORE (D), whose district borders Lake Erie from Toledo to Cleveland, told the Toledo Blade shortly after the proposal was unveiled.

“For the past few years, no matter whether it was a Republican or Democratic-led administration, there have been attempts to cut or eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. And every year, we have successfully defeated those efforts and ensured that this critical program receives full funding,” Ohio Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOn The Money: Trump, China announce 'Phase One' trade deal | Supreme Court takes up fight over Trump financial records | House panel schedules hearing, vote on new NAFTA deal Here are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump Lawmakers call for investigation into program meant to help student loan borrowers with disabilities MORE (R) said in a statement to the local paper at the time.

“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been a successful public-private partnership that helps protect both our environment and our economy. It has been a critical tool in our efforts to help protect and restore Lake Erie," Portman added.