Trump tweets about the Pebble Mine in response to Fox News ad

President Trump, wearing a black suit andd giving the thumbs up, descends from the red stairs of air force one with the presidential seal next to him.
President Donald J. Trump waves and gives a thumbs-up as he disembarks Air Force One Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

The developers of the proposed Pebble Mine aired an ad on Fox News last night, and it seems to have hit home with one viewer in the White House.

The ad begins by praising President Trump’s regulatory reforms and ends with a direct appeal to Trump.

“President Trump, continue to stand tall and don’t let politics enter the Pebble Mine review process,” the ad says.

At 10:20 p.m. the president tweeted a statement echoing the final words of that ad.

“Don’t worry, wonderful & beautiful Alaska, there will be NO POLITICS in the Pebble Mine Review Process,” the president’s tweet says.

The pro-Pebble ad, in circulation since in August, also highlighted sections of the environmental review saying the mine won’t cause measurable harm to the salmon of Bristol Bay. 

Opponents of Pebble prefer the tweets of the president’s son. 

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted last month that the headwaters of Bristol Bay are too unique and fragile to put at risk.

Liz Ruskin is the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Alaska Public Media. She reports from the U.S. Capitol and from Anchorage. Reach her at

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