Trump’s White House Literally Just Copied Parts Of Its Press Release From ExxonMobil (DETAILS)

First the GOP's president Donald Trump brings in Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, now he's got ExxonMobil writing his White House press releases.
Photo: Video screen grab via C-SPAN (with White House and ExxonMobil logos added).

First the GOP’s president Donald Trump brings in Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, now he’s got ExxonMobil writing his White House press releases.

No, we are not kidding. On Monday, the Oval Office sent out an announcement titled, “President Trump Congratulates ExxonMobil for job-creating investment program.” The fossil fuel behemoth claims they’re pouring $20 billion into oil projects along the Gulf Coast that will create more than 45,000 construction and manufacturing jobs.

The gulf region has barely recovered from BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, but the press release claims “the energy industry has proven it can operate safely and responsibly.” We might be more inclined to believe this if two entire paragraphs of the White House’s press release hadn’t been lifted nearly word-for-word the press release ExxonMobil sent out.

Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post‘s data geek, caught the similarities in one paragraph and posted a side-by-side comparison of the two press releases on Twitter. The paragraphs that read almost exactly alike are highlighted in yellow.

He later tweeted that The Huffington Post‘s Christina Wilkie found the White House press release had “also lifted a quote from Exxon’s Darren Woods with no attribution.

Seriously, the White House staff copied these parts of their press release from Exxon Mobil.

The HuffPo article says the White House’s press release came out at 3:45 EST and the second-to-last paragraph read as follows:

Exxon Mobil is strategically investing in new refining and chemical-manufacturing projects in the United States Gulf Coast region to expand its manufacturing and export capacity. The company’s Growing the Gulf program consists of 11 major chemical, refining, lubricant and liquefied natural gas projects at proposed new and existing facilities along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Investments began in 2013 and are expected to continue through at least 2022.

That language is nearly identical to a paragraph from ExxonMobil’s corporate press release, which came out 30 minutes earlier.

ExxonMobil is strategically investing in new refining and chemical-manufacturing projects in the U.S. Gulf Coast region to expand its manufacturing and export capacity. The company’s Growing the Gulf expansion program, consists of 11 major chemical, refining, lubricant and liquefied natural gas projects at proposed new and existing facilities along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Investments began in 2013 and are expected to continue through at least 2022.

ExxoMobil’s press release also had a quote from their new chairman and CEO Darren Woods:

“Importantly, Growing the Gulf also creates jobs and lasting economic benefits for the communities where they’re located,” Woods said. “All told, we expect these 11 projects to create over 45,000 jobs. Many of these are high-skilled, high-paying jobs averaging about $100,000 a year. And these jobs will have a multiplier effect, creating many more jobs in the communities that service these new investments.

Donald Trump’s sloppy and lazy staffers then clumsily cribbed from from Woods’ statement without even bothering to attribute the quote to him.

These jobs will have a multiplier effect, creating many more jobs in the community that service these new investments.

Both press releases also claim most of these jobs are “high-skilled” and “high-paying.” The ExxonMobil statement says the jobs average “about $100,000 a year,” while the White House press release says the salaries will range “from $75,000 to $125,000.”

What the HuffPo article describes as an “apparent copy-and-paste job by White House staff” isn’t just another haphazard rush-job that shows Donald Trump’s business experience does not translate into a well-run Oval Office. In addition, this basically amounts to free promotion for ExxonMobil…Which may also violate a federal law that bans the use of public office for private gain.

Featured image: Video screen grab via C-Span (with ExxonMobil and White House logos added).

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