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In-town pool report #3 -- quotes
Cheryl Bolen • Bloomberg BNA
April 28, 2017: 11:47 AM

Following are highlight quotes from the EO signing event in the Roosevelt Room; please check against transcript.

VP Pence: said this was "an important step toward American energy independence." From the outset of this administration, Trump has been delivering on his promises that he made to the American people, and they all begin with strengthening the American economy. Trump has been fighting for American jobs, slashing regulations and ensuring beneficial trade relationships.

"Thanks to the president's leadership, more than 500,000 jobs have been created in 2017 alone."

Energy has been a central focus of this president and this administration since Day One. The president has put focus on developing America's resources and economy, including orders to build the Keystone and Dakota pipelines, rolling back the Clean Power Plan and declaring the "war on coal is over."

President Trump: acknowledged the members of Congress and energy industry leaders at the White House. "And I want to get them immediately back over there, because I know they're going to be voting on lots of different things," he said. "We can't spend too much time talking about drilling in the Arctic, right? And we're opening it up," he said.

It's a great day for America workers, unleashing American energy and clearing the way for thousands and thousands of high-paying American energy jobs. Our country is blessed with incredible natural resources, including abundant offshore oil and natural gas reserves.

"But the federal government has kept 94% of these offshore areas closed for exploration and production, and when they say closed, they mean closed."

This deprives our country of potentially thousands and thousands of jobs and potentially billions of dollars in wealth.

This EO starts the process of opening offshore areas to job-creating energy exploration. "It reverses the previous administration's Arctic leasing ban," he repeated twice. And it directs Secretary Zinke to allow responsible development of offshore areas that will bring revenue and jobs, he said to applause.

In addition, Zinke will be reconsidering burdensome regulations that slow job creation. Finally, the EO will enable better scientific study of offshore resources, "research that has blocked everything from happening for far too long."

Q. Mr. President, Day 99, what's made this job harder than you thought?

A. "We're moving awfully well. We're getting a lot of things done. We are, I don't think there's ever been anything like this. It's a false standard, 100 days, but I have to tell you, I don't think anybody has done what we've been able to do in 100 days, so we're very happy."

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