Trump on Friday said he wants to see no new oil drilling off the coast of the United States, as his administration works to shore up the economy after years of declining revenues.
The president also said he would consider opening up the U.S. Atlantic coast to foreign companies looking to exploit the vast oil and gas resources.
The comments came after the president told reporters he had made his views clear to the governors of Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina that he wanted to see them pursue offshore drilling and said that the administration will work to reopen offshore oil and natural gas leases.
“No,” Trump said, adding that he believes the leasing program should be expanded to the Atlantic Ocean and that “no more offshore drilling.”
He said he also wants to open up the Atlantic to foreign firms looking to drill in the Atlantic and that he would work with Congress to do that.
“We want to get the offshore oil program closed down,” he said.
Trump’s comments came as he and his advisers met with Republican governors from the three states who voted in the Republican primary to open their states to drilling.
The Atlantic Ocean, the largest of the continental United States and the source of the Atlantic’s natural gas reserves, is considered a prime oil-rich location for exploration.
The region is also home to a wide variety of marine life, including seals and sea lions, as well as some species of whales and dolphins.
The administration has been in talks with states about leasing the waters and oil-bearing resources to foreign oil companies, which could generate billions of dollars in revenue.
Last month, the White House said it had proposed expanding offshore drilling from the Atlantic Coast to as far west as California and Texas.
Trump has also proposed that the U,S.
Geological Survey (USGS) be allowed to lease up to 2,300 square miles (6,300 sq km) of the Gulf of Mexico for oil and other natural resources.
In the Gulf, the government would provide leases and a royalty for oil drilling and lease sales, while the UGS would be allowed the right to collect fees on the fees.
The Trump administration has proposed increasing drilling off Florida, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee, but has not offered specifics about where those proposals would take place.
“It’s the Atlantic that’s really important,” Trump told reporters on Friday.
“I know that.
I know that’s the biggest, most valuable region of the world.
I also know that it’s a huge, huge region of natural resources.”
He added that the Gulf would be an ideal location for drilling because it’s close to major oil ports, and he said that it would also be a good location for gas production.
“You don’t drill that much oil off of the coast because it has a lot of infrastructure,” he told reporters.
“So you drill off Florida and you drill on Louisiana and you do the same thing on Tennessee.
But it’s really the Gulf.
I love the Gulf.”
Trump also said that he was open to the idea of opening up some of the oil-producing areas in the United Kingdom and France to oil and mining companies.
“Well, I’m open to that,” he added.
“And I’m really open to some of those things.
But I would like to see that open up in some other way.”
Earlier this month, Trump met with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Washington and said he believed she would be able to get a deal with the Ugs.
But he has been increasingly critical of the Uls since the Brexit vote and has said he may be open to exploring for oil in the Middle East.
Trump, who has previously criticized the Gulf as a dumping ground for the region’s resources, has not commented on his own plan to open it up to foreign investors.
The United States has more than 7,000 miles of offshore oil, according to the Interior Department.
“What I’m asking for is the Gulf,” Trump explained to reporters.
He added, “You can’t go anywhere else.”
Trump has been under fire for his administration’s response to hurricanes and other disasters and has been criticized for his response to the wildfires that ravaged Texas and Florida, as he has sought to blame both parties for the disasters.
Trump also faced questions about his relationship with his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is leading the administration’s transition to the White National Security Council.
Kushner has long been one of the most prominent members of Trump’s inner circle and was named senior adviser to the president after he became a senior adviser for his campaign last year.