Donald Trump slammed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama for failing in their role as leaders on the issue of protecting the coal mining industry, as the two candidates battled for the White House in the 2016 election.
“It is the first time that a sitting president has been attacked by a candidate for being against coal,” Trump said in a statement.
“They are not protecting the miners.
It’s a big lie, it’s a horrible lie.”
In response, the Democratic nominee, who is also the nation’s top coal miner, accused Trump of not understanding that coal miners have been in the coal mines for decades, and that the industry has a long and storied history.
“They’ve worked hard for years to get this to where it is, and they are going to get it,” she said at a rally in North Carolina on Tuesday.
“I’m going to take the fight to you on this.”
Trump’s statement came on the heels of Clinton’s victory in the state, where the Democratic presidential nominee won by over 5 percentage points over her Republican rival.