Trump Says He Won't Squander America's 'Tremendous Wealth' on 'Dreams' and 'Windmills'

By Susan Jones | August 27, 2019 | 10:37am EDT
President Donald Trump attends the G7 summit in Biarritz, France on August 25, 2019. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

( - President Donald Trump, asked for his view of climate change, said America's wealth "is under its feet," and he's not going to squander it on "dreams" and "windmills."

"What do you think the world should be doing about climate change, and do you still harbor...skepticism?" a reporter asked Trump at the final news conference of the G-7 summit on Monday.

"I feel that the United States has tremendous wealth," Trump responded. "The wealth is under its feet. I've made that wealth come alive."

Trump noted that the United States is now the world's number-one energy producer, and he said production will only increase as more pipelines come online.

"It's tremendous wealth," Trump said, "and LNG (liquefied natural gas) is being sought after all over Europe and all over the world. We have more of it than anybody else.

"And I'm not going to lose that wealth. I'm not going to lose it on dreams, on windmills, which frankly aren't working too well."

Trump said he wants the "cleanest water" and "cleanest air" on earth. "That's what we're doing," he continued:

And I'm an environmentalist. A lot of people don't understand. I have done more environmental impact statements probably than anybody that's -- I guess I can say definitely, because I've done many, many, many of them. More than anybody that's ever been president, or vice president, or anything even close to president.

And I think I know more about the environment than most people. I want clean air, I want clean water, I want a wealthy country, I want a spectacular country with jobs, with pensions, with so many things. And that's what we're getting. So I want to be very careful.

At the same's very important to me -- very important to me -- we have to maintain this incredible -- this incredible place that we've all built.

We become a much richer country, and that's a good thing, not a bad thing, because that great wealth allows us to take care of people. We can take care of people that we couldn't have taken care of in the past because of the great wealth.

"We can't let that wealth be taken away. Clean air, clean water -- thank you very much everybody," the president concluded, as an annoyed reporter shouted, "You didn't answer the question!"


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