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Trump Complains That He Needs to Flush the Toilet ‘Multiple Times’ in WH Meeting

Donald Trump said he had directed the Environmental Protection Agency to consider loosening water efficiency standards for toilets and other bathroom appliances.

“We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms,” Trump said Friday.

“People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once,” Trump said. “They end up using more water.”

Trump said he had told the EPA to look into “opening up the standard,” though he didn’t say specifically which standard.

He complained that strict conservation standards had damaged the performance of bathroom appliances.

“You go into a new building, a new house, a new home, and they have standards on where you don’t get water,” Trump said. “You can’t wash your hands practically, so little water comes out of the faucet.”

The EPA regulates water quality and water pollution, and it has a voluntary partnership program called WaterSense through which it labels water-efficient products — but the Department of Energy issues the bulk of energy efficiency and water conservation standards for appliances.

The Energy Department has proposed to weaken or has slowed a number of efficiency standards during the Trump administration, including efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs. That move was met with legal opposition from environmental and efficiency groups.

But Trump said the situation with bathroom appliances was very much like that with the light bulb standards.

“You get a bulb that’s better for much less money, but you have the other alternative, and you’ll keep the other alternative with sinks and showers, et cetera, too,” Trump said, adding product performance “has been a big problem.”

What in the world could Trump be eating that requires him to flush so often?


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