President Trump: Fact vs Fiction on Federal Monuments

Fact vs. fiction on federal monuments

President Trump visited Salt Lake City, Utah, to announce two major proclamations modifying the boundaries of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

As usual, there’s plenty of misinformation making the rounds. Here are a few quick facts to correct the record:

* Myth: No president has ever shrunk a monument. Fact: Monuments have been shrunk at least 18 times—by presidents on both sides of the aisle.
* Myth: This move will sell or close national parks. Fact: No national parks are under review, and the Administration adamantly opposes wholesale transfer of any public lands.
* Myth: The review was done behind closed doors. Fact: Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke personally held more than 60 meetings with local stakeholders, including numerous tribal groups.

The media is exactly right on one point, though: This is a significant decision by the President worth reading about in full.





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