Elected on a promise to ‘drain the swamp‘, President Trump’s White House has become mired in it — literally. The White House is flooding.
And continuing his trend of denying what many consider plainly observable weather, Trump touted his environmental bona fides while the water literally rose beneath him.
While the President was touting the leadership of America on environmental issues (without ever mentioning climate change) in the East Room of the White House on Monday, torrential rains in Washington, D.C. sparked flash flood warnings. The White House, in what could arguably be called symbolism, experienced minor flooding in its basement as a result.
Tweeting a picture of the flood cleanup, CNBC Washington Correspondent Eamon Javers wrote “swamp draining in progress. WH leaks appear contained. Press pool dry.”
Update: swamp draining in progress. WH leaks appear contained. Press pool dry. pic.twitter.com/crYTdjelG5
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) July 8, 2019
As whimsical as Javers’ puns may be, they do reflect on some troubled times for an embattled White House ranging from the promise to ‘drain the swamp’ to the President’s frequent rages about leakers to even an unprecedented hostility between the Administration and the White House press corps.
But perhaps most striking is the flood waters, apparently part of the natural response to a heavy rain, rising while the President spoke about environmental issues and blasting the progressive climate change proposal the Green New Deal.
“While we’re focused on practical solutions, more than 100 Democrats in Congress support the so-called Green New Deal,” said Trump. “I will not stand for it. We will defend the environment but we will also defend American sovereignty, American prosperity, and we will defend American jobs.”
The Trump White House’s leadership on the environment has included refusing to take action on climate change, gutting clean water protections, making it harder to protect endangered species, ending wildfire assistance to California after a perceived personal insult, and reducing the influence of science at the Environmental Protection Agency. All this in just the last year.
Katelyn Kivel is a contributing editor and senior legal reporter for Grit Post in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @KatelynKivel.