President Donald Trump touted his administration’s success in cutting down on federal regulations in a press event Thursday. To highlight how many federal regulations there are, the White House had a huge stack of papers representing today next to a smaller stack of papers representing 1960.
Tying the two stacks together was a long strand of red tape.
Some visuals in Trump’s White House event today on deregulation pic.twitter.com/xNMwXy3zJq
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“Regulations, oh boy. It’s a lot of regulations,” Trump said, motioning to the giant stack of paper.
“We’ve approved long-stalled projects, like the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipelines,” he continued. “We’re cutting years of wasted time and money out of the permitting process for vital infrastructure projects.”
Shortly after taking office, Trump signed an executive order, stating that for each new regulation that is created, they must cut two in turn.
“This is where we are now. This is where we were in 1960, and when we’re finished, which won’t be in too long a period of time … we will have a great regulatory climate,” Trump said.
He then proceeded to cut the red tape with a pair of golden scissors.Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Watch the video below.