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On Friday, Donald Trump hosted what the White House described as “a roundtable on small business and red tape reduction accomplishments.”

He used the time to express concerns about a number of things, including energy-efficient lightbulbs, which he said make him look orange.

“I don’t want to look orange,” he said.

He also went on a rather lengthy diatribe about overly regulated water systems that require people to flush toilets “10 times, 15 times” — something he said he was having the EPA look into.

“We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms, where you turn the faucet on in areas where there’s tremendous amounts of water, where the water rushes out to sea because you could never handle it. And you don’t get any water. You turn on the faucet — you don’t get any water. They take a shower, and water comes dripping out, it’s dripping out very quietly, dripping out,” Trump said.

“People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water. So EPA is looking at that very strongly, at my suggestion. You go into a new building or a new house or a new home, and they have standards where you don’t get water. You can’t wash your hands, practically, there’s so little water comes out of the faucet. And the end result is you leave the faucet on, and it takes you much longer to wash your hands. You end up using the same amount of water.”

Trump went on. “So we’re looking at, very seriously, at opening up the standard, and there may be some areas where we’ll go the other route. Desert areas. But for the most part, you have many states where they have so much water that it comes down — it’s called rain — that they don’t know what to do with it,” he said.

“So we’re going to be opening up that, I believe. And we’re looking at changing the standards very soon. And that’s a little bit like the lightbulb. Where you get a bulb that’s better for much less money. We go back but you have the other alternative. And you’ll keep the other alternative with sinks and showers et cetera too. But that’s been a big problem.”

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

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