GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — President Donald Trump announced that he will fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative after his administration proposed a 90 percent spending cut.
Trump told supporters at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that he will be providing $300 million for the cleanup program, framing the announcement as "breaking news."
Trump said "it's time," though it's unclear what he meant.
The president's 2020 budget offered just $30 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which receives $300 million most years to remove toxic pollution, prevent algae blooms and species invasions and restore wildlife habitat.
Governors of five states had warned the move would cost jobs, hurt tourism and jeopardize public health.
Trump said he "supports the Great Lakes," noting "they're big" and "very deep."