Trump says 'air and water are the cleanest they've ever been' in US

President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' MORE claimed during his campaign launch on Tuesday night that the United States has “among the cleanest and sharpest” air and water on Earth.

“Something I want to make clear to the media: We have among the cleanest and sharpest — crystal clean, you've heard me say, I want crystal clean — air and water anywhere on Earth,” Trump said during his rally in Florida on Tuesday. 


“We are creating a future of American energy independence, and yet our air and water are the cleanest they’ve ever been by far,” Trump continued, referring to the fact that the country recently emerged as the leading global producer of oil and natural gas under his administration.

His comments came just hours after a report citing federal data from The Associated Press showed that the country experienced a stark increase in polluted air days in each of the past two years compared to any of the previous four years under the Obama administration.

According to the report, during that specific period under the Obama administration, the country experienced its lowest number of polluted air days since at least 1980. 

Earlier this year, data from the Environmental Protection Agency also found that reductions in greenhouse gas emissions significantly slowed under the Trump administration in 2017 as his office continues to work to roll back Obama-era regulations designed to reduce emissions of the harmful gasses.