President Trump’s Monday press conference on the environment was roundly criticized by the environmental community and Democrats as a gross distortion of his record. But, it was welcomed by Republican professionals and the RNC as the first sign he’s trying to get beyond his myopic focus on his base supporters.
Typical of a Trump week, he’s in a Twitter war with Great Britain and the U.S. Women’s soccer team. So, a distraction that hues to more normal presidential behavior will be helpful for Republicans, who would like to be more competitive in environmentally-sensitive western states, such as Arizona, Colorado and Nevada.
In a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, Trump got some of the best approval numbers of his presidency (47% registered voters, 44% all Americans), including on the economy (51%), but continued to lag in the 30s on environmental issues (29% global warming). Obviously, Trump and his team want to reposition environmental issues from global warming, to clean air and water, which America already has a long history of effort and considerable success.