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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants 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 KapturFive things to watch in Trump's budget proposal Democrats criticize Medal of Freedom for Limbaugh as 'slap in the face' Appropriators face crucial weekend to reach deal 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 PortmanGOP senators offering bill to cement business provision in Trump tax law Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to combat cyberattacks on state and local governments 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.