The president’s eldest son and actress Jane Fonda managed to find common ground on Wednesday when both tweeted their opposition to building a large gold and copper mine near an Alaskan fishery.
“I never thought I would agree with VP Pence’s former chief of staff, but I agree with @nick_ayers on this. And so does @DonaldJTrumpJr,” Fonda tweeted.
Donald Trump Jr. said he was “shocked” and took a scratch at Fonda’s Vietnam War activism. “Do you think you’re shocked? I never thought I would agree with Hanoi Jane!” he exclaimed with a flashing emoji.
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The two-time Oscar winner was nicknamed Trump Jr. after a visit to northern Vietnam in 1972, where she was photographed on an airplane weapon. She has continued her activism in recent years. Late last year, she received headlines for being repeatedly arrested during demonstrations of climate change in Washington, DC
Both Trump Jr. and Nick Ayers, former vice president Mike Pence’s chief of staff, warned of the consequences of having Pebble Mine built in Bristol Bay.
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“Like millions of conservationists and athletes, I hope @realDonaldTrump will lead @EPA to block the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay,” Ayers tweeted. “A Canadian company will unnecessarily break the largest fishery in the United States at a serious cost. This should be stopped and I think @POTUS will do it!”
Trump Jr. followed: “As an athlete who has spent a lot of time in the area, I agree 100%. Groundwater in Bristol Bay and the surrounding fishing is too unique and fragile to take any chances with. #PebbleMine”
According to the EPA, the watershed in Bristol Bay supports the largest sockeyex fishery in the world and contains significant mineral resources. An environmental survey released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last month – which was criticized as deficient – stated that during normal operations, the options it looked like would not be expected to have a measurable effect on fish numbers and result in long-term changes in commercial fish health. Bristol Bay. “
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On Wednesday, the president said he would “listen on both sides” and told reporters that his son “has some very strong opinions and he is very environmentally friendly.” The White House said it was unable to comment further.
“I’ve done a lot for Alaska,” Trump said. “I love Alaska. It’s a special place,”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.