There are few things President Donald Trump isn't willing to emblazon with his name, but even he hasn't endorsed this one.
Uralasbest, a Russian asbestos mining firm, recently touted on Facebook that it has begun stamping shipments with President Trump's face and a message: “Approved by Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States."
The remarkable English translation:
Donald is on our side!
The Factory " Uralasbest " released an unusual batch of chrysotile: on the package of palletov with the mineral, the stamp " approved by Donald Trump, the 45th President of the united states ". in such an unusual way, the workers of the asbestoobogatitelʹnoj factory of the factory thanked us President Donald .
He supported the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, who stated that his office would no longer deal with the negative effects potentially derived from products containing asbestos. Donald Trump supported a specialist and called asbestos "100 percent safe after application".
" we have come out with the initiative - to support our hrizotilovuû industry in this way and to remind that our " Mountain Len " is an important mineral for the world. Management Approved!",-told at the factory.
It's no wonder the asbestos company is showing gratitude toward the American president. The Trump administration recently moved to dismantle the current ban on new asbestos products and the EPA has agreed to consider new uses for the substance, much to the chagrin of environmental activists. Uralasbest mentions the relaxation of these restrictions in its post.
Asbestos was once a commonly used material in the construction industry, however evidence has consistently shown that fibers from damaged asbestos products can lead to a variety of cancers and other conditions like mesothelioma and pleuritis. Around 15,000 Americans die a year from asbestos exposure or conditions stemming from it.
Despite a wealth of scientific evidence confirming the health risks of asbestos fibers, there are those that defend the material. Donald Trump has been one of them, having written in 1997 that opposition to asbestos was engineered by the mob. He also tweeted this little number in 2012:
. @realDonaldTrump As a #mesothelioma widow I urge you to retract or correct your comment about deadly #asbestos https://t.co/3aILI7yHNo— Linda Reinstein (@Linda Reinstein) 1464613032.0
It's easy to see why Uralasbest believes the president is on their side. Even Americans on Twitter seemed to agree that Trump asbestos was somewhat appropriate.
@WendySiegelman That's actually a very good idea. Poor skulls and bones have been so overused. Putting an image of… https://t.co/rLuGZbqgSg— FreisinnigeZeitung (@FreisinnigeZeitung) 1531319388.0
@thehill @jeffgoldesq How appropriate to put that mug on asbestos!— Jules Lind (@Jules Lind) 1531314702.0
@WendySiegelman @Hayleeee1848 The Russian Seal of Toxicity!— jeffwhallin (@jeffwhallin) 1531323025.0
@WendySiegelman @dcpoll Toxic products should have his toxic image on them. The new skull and crossbones ☠️— American Sanity (@American Sanity) 1531317212.0
@thehill Fitting, it's a cancerous product, like @realDonaldTrump.— FRESH TAKE (@FRESH TAKE) 1531314632.0
The Trump administration's willingness to consider asbestos products is a step away from past administrations.
With the harmful effects of asbestos confirmed, measures like the Toxic Substance Control Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Consumer Product Safety Act significantly limited the amount of asbestos products used for purposes of fireproofing, clothing, and construction products. However, there has yet to be an outright ban.
The vast majority of asbestos products still cleared for use in the United States were imported from Brazil, which recently banned the material late last year. The rest of asbestos products were imported from Russia.
Many Americans are unsettled by the health and environmental risks of asbestos.
@LyleShelton Please don't trivialise asbestos to promote your personal moral obsessions. Asbestos diseases cause te… https://t.co/07kpHPzweR— Dave Noonan (@Dave Noonan) 1531257984.0
Action Mesothelioma Day dove release in memory of those who have passed as a result on this asbestos related cancer… https://t.co/RiWq5eLJ2B— Jacquie OH (@Jacquie OH) 1530885512.0
#ThatMexicanThing is my Dad who came to US, worked the Red Line as brakeman, worked each day of his life & died of Lung Cancer from Asbestos— C'estMoi! (@C'estMoi!) 1475636170.0
@washingtonpost My father died from asbestos at the young age of 51. His uncle died from it. Almost every person he… https://t.co/mvMD2Xg6HM— Donna Valente (@Donna Valente) 1531322825.0
The newfound tolerance of asbestos materials is sure to be one of the Trump EPA's most controversial and consequential decisions, and the vilification of the material has undoubtedly made it harder for asbestos mining firms like Uralasbest to conduct business at the same level, especially in the states. With the Trump administration giving its stamp of approval to the exploration of new asbestos uses, it's no wonder asbestos companies are giving Trump a stamp of approval right back.