The Latest: Trump to raise money for GOP in 2 Texas cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s trip to Texas on Wednesday (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

President Donald Trump is heading to Texas to raise re-election money in two areas that backed his Democratic opponent in 2016.

Trump is to stroke donors at separate events Wednesday in San Antonio and Houston.

Republican Party Chair Ronna McDaniel said the pair of fundraisers would bring in at least $6 million to be shared by Trump’s re-election effort and the Republican National Committee.

In between fundraisers, Trump planned to sign a pair of energy-related executive orders.


12:37 a.m.

President Donald Trump will announce an executive order during a trip to Texas on Wednesday that could make it harder for states to scuttle pipelines and other energy projects based on concerns about their impact on water quality.

Trump has made it a priority to expand energy development, in part by rolling back government regulations.

Pointing to Washington state and New York, Republican lawmakers have complained about states using the permitting process to stop energy projects.

Trump will order the Environmental Protection Agency to issue new guidance that states will have to follow to comply with the Clean Water Act.

A second executive order will streamline the process for infrastructure projects that cross international borders. The move follows Trump’s decision to issue a new permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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