Trump looks like he's playing favorites with Florida offshore relief

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Florida exempted from Trump offshore drilling plan

WASHINGTON The Interior Department announced Tuesday that Florida is exempt from the Trump administrations new move opening up offshore drilling, raising questions about whether the Trump team is playing favorites with particular states.

President Trump has directed me to rebuild our offshore oil and gas program in a manner that supports our national energy policy and also takes into consideration the local and state voice. I support [Florida Gov. Rick Scotts] position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver. As a result of discussion with Gov. Scotts [sic] and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement.

Consider that Florida unlike coastal states like California and Virginia is a state that Trump won in 2016 and would like to win again in 2020. Also consider that Scott is likely to be a Senate candidate this year (and would campaign on how he protected Floridas coastline to the Trump administrations move). And consider that President Trump owns a certain coastal property in Florida.

The question: Do California and Virginia also get the same local and state voice consideration to protect their coastlines? Wed li....

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