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WH Press Release on Exxon Includes Paragraph Almost Identical to One in Exxon Press Release

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A White House press release commending Exxon for its $20 billion investment program contains a paragraph almost identical to a paragraph in the company’s press release.

The president today applauded the “Growing the Gulf” expansion program from ExxonMobil––whose CEO was up until recently Secretary of State Rex Tillerson––and had this to say on Twitter:

However, as first flagged by Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham, this paragraph from the ExxonMobil press release

ExxonMobil is strategically investing in new refining and chemical-manufacturing projects in the U.S. Gulf Coast region to expand its manufacturing and export capacity. The company’s Growing the Gulf expansion program, consists of 11 major chemical, refining, lubricant and liquefied natural gas projects at proposed new and existing facilities along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Investments began in 2013 and are expected to continue through at least 2022.

…is almost identical to this paragraph from the White House press release, which does not give direct attribution to the Exxon statement:

Exxon Mobil is strategically investing in new refining and chemical-manufacturing projects in the United States Gulf Coast region to expand its manufacturing and export capacity. The company’s Growing the Gulf program consists of 11 major chemical, refining, lubricant and liquefied natural gas projects at proposed new and existing facilities along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Investments began in 2013 and are expected to continue through at least 2022.

Both CNN and NBC News have a statement tonight from a White House official responding to this:

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