Trump reversal on Yucca Mountain followed by new campaign event

Trump reversal on Yucca Mountain followed by new campaign event
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE’s recent announcement that he no longer supports funding for a controversial nuclear waste repository in Nevada was quickly followed by his campaign saying they would be holding an event in the state featuring the president's eldest son.

Within an hour of Trump's tweet on Thursday reversing his position on the Yucca Mountain repository, his campaign sent out a press release announcing that Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly Ann GuilfoyleTrump's national security adviser tests positive for coronavirus The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump pivots on convention; GOP punts on virus bill Trump campaign raises million in virtual fundraiser MORE will appear in Las Vegas, about 85 miles from Yucca Mountain, later this month. 

The Feb. 18 event will “highlight the accomplishments of the administration and the commitments of the president," according to the Trump campaign.


“Nevada, I hear you on Yucca Mountain and my Administration will RESPECT you! Congress and previous Administrations have long failed to find lasting solutions – my Administration is committed to exploring innovative approaches – I’m confident we can get it done!” Trump tweeted on Thursday.

A senior administration official later confirmed that the president would not seek funds for the Yucca Mountain project in his 2021 budget request, which is expected Monday.

The election-year reversal affects a state Trump narrowly lost in 2016. In the previous three years, Trump had requested funds to build the Yucca Mountain project despite objections from Nevada leaders.

Former President Obama ended the licensing process in 2010, but in Trump’s first budget request the White House asked for $120 million to restart the licensing process for the repository.

Following the Thursday announcement, Rep. Susie LeeSuzanne (Susie) Kelley LeeMORE (D-Nev.) accused Trump of playing “political games with Nevadans’ health and future.”

“When you ran in 2016, you said you opposed Yucca. Then, once elected, you wanted to fund it. Now, election season is here and you’re against Yucca again,” she tweeted. “Please don’t play political games with Nevadans’ health and future.  If you're sincere about alternatives, I'm all ears.”

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.