President downplayed his assault on environmental protections and touted a short list of accomplishments Monday, in a bid to recast his record of deregulating polluters and aggravating the climate crisis ahead of next year’s election. 

In an afternoon speech at the White House, the president offered voters a counter-narrative to what the Sierra Club “the worst record on the environment and climate action of any president in the history of the country.” 

“Among the heritage we must preserve is our country’s incredible natural splendor,” Trump said. “That is the shared obligation that brings us together today.” 

It was a boisterous back-patting session in which the president’s Cabinet members and a pair of random supporters, including a folksy bait-and-tackle

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