The President of the United States held a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday night, and in his usual way, Donald Trump made things up to please the crowd he happened to be standing before at the given time.
In Michigan, that meant professing his love for the Great Lakes, along with his promise to seek full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — an item that all three of his budget proposals since taking office would have cut.
"I support the Great Lakes. Always have. They are beautiful. They are big. Very deep. Record deepness, right?" Trump said.
In fact, there is no “record deepness” associated with the Great Lakes, as an unofficial Twitter account for Lake Superior let the president know on Friday morning, tweeting: “I hate to admit this, but... no, not record deepness. Not in the world or in the United States.”
Trump’s insistence that he has always supported the Great Lakes is far from true, as Vox noted:
In fact, less than a month ago, his administration proposed a budget that would’ve reduced funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, from $300 million to just $30 million. So the president’s announcement on Thursday amounted to a repudiation of his own budget.
Trump’s first budget proposed eliminating the program’s funding altogether, and his subsequent proposals both recommended cutting its funding by 90 percent, according to Cleveland.com.
His sudden about face on the funding would indicate either that Trump has little knowledge of his own budget proposal — possibly a product of outsourcing that work to administration officials — or that he simply saw an opportunity to score political points in Michigan.
Regardless, at least Americans now know that there is no "record deepness" when it comes to the Great Lakes.