West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin shared some high praise for President Trump on his energy policies, while condemning Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, for slapping too many regulations on the coal industry.
"He's been a good energy president," Manchin said of Trump on Fox News on Thursday.
He was answering host Neil Cavuto, who asked what he thought of Trump's support for coal, which includes rolling back Obama-era regulations that targeted the industry.
"I told him. I said, 'Give us some stability in the market.' That's what you've done," said Manchin, who hails from West Virginia, where coal mining is an important industry. "The coal market as we knew it before when I was governor in 2009 and '10, we were doing 150 million tons of production a year. We're down to half of that now. All the 150 won't come back."
Instead, Manchin said the industry can "stablize," while also finding a balance between the economy and environmental regulation.
"You can't throw caution to the wind for the environment," Manchin said.
He then took a shot at Obama, whose environmental regulations are being overturned by Trump, including an 11th-hour coal mining rule back in December that sought to prevent waste from entering waterways.
"You don't have to over-regulate me where you smother me and I can't breathe. That's what happened in the previous administration," Manchin said. "I appreciate President Trump on his energy," he added.
The Trump White House has dubbed the last week of June "Energy Week" to highlight Trump's energy priorities.
Manchin wasn't so supportive of Trump's latest series of tweets, which said insulted "Morning Joe" co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, and said that Brzezinski was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" on New Year's Eve.
"It's uncalled for. Totally uncalled for ... I hope it doesn't continue," he said.