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In-town pool report #1
Cheryl Bolen • Bloomberg BNA
April 28, 2017: 11:14 AM


POTUS signs executive order to implement an 'America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.'

Pool was escorted into Roosevelt Room about 10:35 a.m. and held for about 25 minutes. The small desk and a podium were set up under Roosevelt's portrait, with members of Congress and administration officials arrayed behind it. The EO and a single pen were set out on the desk.

The EO orders a review of the current five-year plan for offshore oil and natural gas leasing and a review of all regulations concerning oil, gas and renewable energy leasing in federal waters, per a WH briefing last evening.

Among the roughly 25 attendees: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, NEC Director Gary Cohn, WH Staff Secretary Rob Porter, Andrew Bremberg at WH Domestic Policy Council, Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and many members of Congress.

While waiting for POTUS, Stephen Miller walked through and chatted with several attendees.

Vice President Pence arrived at 11:01 a.m. to introduce the president, opening with comments on first 100 days. Energy has been a focus since day one and the war on coal is over, he said to applause.

At 11:03 a.m. POTUS came to the podium wearing traditional suit and red tie.

Looking at the members of Congress behind him, Trump said they couldn't talk about drilling in the Arctic, but that they were opening it up.

The order reverses the previous administration's Arctic leasing ban and will produce jobs, Trump said.

Trump said he was very proud of the people behind him and far less proud of the people in front of him, pointing to and calling out the media.

At 11:07 Trump sat down, signed the order, held it up for the cameras, then handed the pen to Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

A question was shouted about what made his job harder than expected, and he responded that things were going well.

More precise quotes to come in next report.



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