The President's scaling down of Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments delivers on his promise to prioritize the voice of the people over that of the special interest groups, writes the interior secretary. Local voices in Utah and across America have a friend in the White House once again, he says.
On Monday, President Donald Trump jetted to Utah and back. Usually, on one leg of these sorts of trips, someone from the White House press shop takes questions from the reporters who cover the President.
A group of environmental and conservation groups sued President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in federal court on Monday, alleging that Trump did not have the authority to dramatically shrink Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
President Donald Trump has taken an intense interest in whether Utah Republican Orrin Hatch runs for Senate re-election in 2018, sources tell CNN, a fact that has some in Washington thinking the concern is part of an effort to keep former Republican presidential nominee and on-again-off-again Trump critic Mitt Romney from the legislative body.
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