President Donald Trump is now the face even of an asbestos company- literally. A Russian company has branded their product with the American president’s face.
Uralasbest, which operates a mine in the Ural Mountains, has placed Trump’s image on pallets of asbestos with the words, “Approved by Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States.”
The company even posted a photo of pallets full of Trump stamps on the social media platform Facebook last month. It had a caption that said, “Donald is on our side.”
A translation from the Environmental Working Group stated that the said company also wrote of President Trump: “He supported the head of the United States Environment Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who stated that his agency would no longer deal with negative effects potentially derived from products containing asbestos ‘100% safe after application.”
Asbestos is used before in building construction as a fire retardant and as insulation. It is also classified as a “known carcinogen” and is mostly banned.
EPA under Pruitt’s leadership decided not to ban “new uses”’ of asbestos products. Pruitt resigned last week, however, from the agency following a series of controversies.
Reports from media say the mining company has links to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Guardian reported that the said mining company is locatd in Asbest, referred to as a “dying city” because of allegedly high incidence of lung cancer and other illnesses associated with asbestos.
Trump has expressed his belief that asbestos is “100% safe, once applied.’
Trump and Putin will meet in Helsinki on July 16 for a one-on-one summit.