President Trump is signing the Great American Outdoors act, which he calls a "truly landmark piece of legislation" aimed at preserving the country's majestic national wonders, priceless historic treasures and national parks.
At a White House ceremony, Trump said that for more than 50 years, Congress has struggled to adequately fund land and water conservation. He said this has led to a backlog of maintenance and other critical needs in parks and public lands. According to the President, more than 5,500 miles of road, 17,000 miles of trails and 24,000 buildings are in critical need of repair. Trump called this a significant investment in the nation's parks since the Theodore Roosevelt administration.
President Trump said over 900-million dollars will go to water conservation each year and nearly 10 billion dollars to make the national parks "greater than they've ever been."
Trump said the U.S. has the cleanest air and water on earth, claiming it's "never been at this level in the modern age." Trump criticized China, Russia and India for not "upping their game" on minimizing pollution.
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