Chelsea Clinton Looks To Take A Swipe At Trump, But Hits Obama Instead

Chelsea Clinton, who has been very active on social media of late, called out the EPA on Twitter seemingly to take a shot at President Donald Trump, but the article she linked was critical of actions taken by the Obama administration.

The former first daughter tweeted on Wednesday:

Clinton received this response among many to her post: “Baffling when libs slam failings of same agency they think is the only thing standing between us and the apocalypse.”

Clinton responded tweeting:

 

Whether she intended it or not, Clinton was accusing the Obama administration of not being “science based and public health-focused.”

The STAT article she linked took the Obama administration to task for not changing regulations regarding lead levels in soil:

“During the last two years of the Obama administration, staff at the Environmental Protection Agency assured…local officials in…communities nationwide that they would soon issue new, more stringent guidelines for assessing the risk of lead contamination in soil. Those guidelines were expected by many to lower the threshold deemed dangerous for children and compel owners of contaminated properties to fund cleanup efforts. The effort was aimed at cutting the allowable level of lead at some of the nation’s most contaminated waste sites in half,” Sheila Kaplan writes for STAT.

She continues: “But in the final days of the Obama administration, the EPA instead issued an internal memo — obtained by STAT — that sidestepped the issue of a specific new threshold for acceptable lead levels. … It did not…lower the threshold for soil cleanup to one that would translate into a blood level of 5 micrograms per deciliter, down from the current level of 10, as was expected.”

“The memo shocked outside experts and even some EPA officials, who privately expressed alarm about the issue,” Kaplan recounts.

Dr. David Bellinger, a Harvard Medical School professor who has served as an EPA adviser and who has studied the effects of lead on children told STAT: “There’s scientific medical consensus that adverse effects are occurring at level 5 or below. The cleanup target ought to be health-based, and based on the most current scientific information.”

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Many responded to Clinton’s tweet making sure to point out she was actually targeting the Obama administration and not Trump.

Political observers have taken note of Clinton’s increased presence on social media addressing current events and speculating whether if it presages a political run.

Clinton, 37, who currently serves as a senior executive at the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative, told Variety this week nothing is in the offing, but she is leaving the door open.

“I am not running for public office,” she said. “I really am constantly surprised by the stories of me running for, fill in the blank: Congress, Senate, City Council, the presidency.”

She added: “If someone steps down or something changes, I’ll then ask and answer those questions at that time.”

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