‘It was a disaster’: Trump, Obama say they’re ‘horrified’ after ExxonMobil spills
By Matthew Yglesias, BloombergBusinessweekPosted May 07, 2019 10:29:12President Donald Trump, the president of the United States, and former President Barack Obama are being accused of making a “horrible mistake” in not immediately stopping the massive spill that was spilling out of a huge oil refinery near Houston, Texas, over the weekend.
According to the Associated Press, a spokesperson for the White House told the Associated News that the president was “horrified” after seeing the video that showed what appeared to be a huge spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and was “proud to be able to protect this incredible country.”
But in a press conference with a group of Texas officials on Monday, President Donald Trump said he did not want to make a “political” decision on the issue, adding, “We’re going to protect the environment, and we’re going have to protect ourselves.”
On Monday, Trump said that his administration has made a “disastrous mistake” by allowing the oil spill to continue, saying that it was “disgraceful” for the EPA to allow the leak to continue.
In a press briefing on Monday afternoon, Trump reiterated his claim that the spill was a “total disaster,” and said that the EPA has been “horrifically negligent.”
The president added that he would be releasing his executive order on “energy security” this week, which will require that all U.S. oil refineries be required to shut down by mid-March.
According the Associated