Trump Claims ‘There Was Nobody Here’ In America ’25 Years’ Ago So ‘They Probably Had Cleaner Water’
“We have the cleanest water, the cleanest air that we’ve ever had in the history of our country, right now,” Trump falsely claimed.
As FactCheck.org pointed out last week:
The president twice referenced clean air and water in his list of purported facts, first claiming America has the “cleanest and safest air and water” and later implying that he is responsible for the accomplishment. This is one of Trump’s favorite environmental subjects, but by several metrics, the U.S. does not rank first in the world. And there is little evidence to suggest the administration has made air or water quality better.
As we’ve written previously, the 2018 Environmental Performance Index positions the U.S. 10th overall for best air quality and 29th for water and sanitation. On drinking water, America is ranked No. 1 along with nine other nations. But on water resources, or a measure of effective wastewater management, the U.S. comes in at No. 39, and on air pollution, a middling 83rd.
“And just for the press, because they’ll get me on that one, I’m thinking. Let’s say the history of our country over the last 25 years,” he said. “I would say they probably had cleaner water, cleaner air because there was nobody here. So I have to be very accurate.”