Donald Trump Claims That ‘People Are Flushing Toilets 10 Times’

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Donald Trump made one of the most bizarre remarks of his presidency on Friday when he claimed that “people are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times.”

The remarks were made during a small business roundtable. Trump even claimed that he is having the Environmental Protection Agency look into excessive flushing.

The president said “we have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms, where you turn the faucet on in areas where there’s tremendous amounts of water, where the water rushes out to sea because you could never handle it. And you don’t get any water. You turn on the faucet — you don’t get any water.”

Moments later, he added “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water. So EPA is looking at that very strongly, at my suggestion.”

The president again repeated that people are turning on their faucets and finding that little water is coming out, saying “and the end result is you leave the faucet on, and it takes you much longer to wash your hands.”

Trump also said later that his administration is “looking at, very seriously, at opening up the standard, and there may be some areas where we’ll go the other route — desert areas.” 

Here’s a clip of that roundtable:

It’s not immediately clear where Donald Trump may have gotten the information that “people are flushing 10 times, 15 times.” But this isn’t the first odd environmental situation that he’s complained about.

Among other complaints, Trump has moaned that the noise from windmills causes cancer and he had an ongoing feud with the media that he was correct about the trajectory of a hurricane this year. There was even a report that Trump suggested firing a nuclear missile at a hurricane, though he denied making that suggestion.

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Screwtape
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I won’t go into the question of gender-neutral facilities. Remind me to use ONLY women’s rooms next time I’m in one of these goverment facilities. To deny my belief that I’m femininely-gendered is to be a hater and transphobic. I’m smelling lawsuit.

Alinsky: make them live up to their own rules. No matter how ridiculous.

Screwtape
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Quick and important question: do ALL government buildings have low-flow toilets/urinals installed? Judging by Salem the DMV, or Portland’s City Hall that’s a huge NO.

Why NOT and why aren’t they being fined or having their facilities shut down? Is this a double-standard of doing what they say? That’s a “yes”.

General Confusion
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I am confused, Cherl.

Your comments that I replied to are not replies, so of course they are visible, but it sure looks as if you hid my replies to your comments. And just so I will make it more difficult for you to do it again.

Cherl
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>Generally Confused< You just can’t take a hint. All of them spout the same silliness. So are you “the bozo who PURPOSELY covered up my comments”

General Confusion
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Thanks to the bozo who PURPOSELY covered up my comments.

Steve Smith
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IS THIS WHY PEOPLE POOP IN THE STREETS IN CALIFORNIA-
BAD PIPES AND NO WATER PRESSURE-

Craig
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I have to flush twice because its a long way to California.

Sandra Jenkins
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It’s not a bizarre statement. With Al Gore’s required water saver toilets it takes several flushes to clear the toilet. Defeats the purpose. I’m sure Gore had stock in the new type of toilets.

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