The White House Plagiarizes Exxon Mobil in Press Release
A White House press release praising Exxon Mobil Thursday for a "job-creating investment program" lifted an entire paragraph from the corporation's own statement less than an hour earlier, CNN and the Washington Post report.
White House press release plagiarizes paragraph from Exxon press release. https://t.co/hHEKVWUsDn— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1488842006.0
White House press release (left) contains full paragraph copied verbatim from Exxon press release (right). https://t.co/NlhoUvdqvd— Christopher Ingraham (@Christopher Ingraham) 1488838173.0
Exxon Mobil has pledged to pump $20 billion into the Gulf Coast region, a move President Trump has praised as "exactly the kind of economic development and job creation that will put Americans back to work." A spokesman for Exxon says the company had shared information about the announcement with the White House beforehand.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is the oil conglomerate's former CEO. He resigned his post prior to Senate confirmation hearings earlier this year.
This is not the first or even the second time the Trump administration has been fingered for plagiarism. Former Fox News contributor Monica Crowley, tapped by Trump to join his national security team, was found to have copied whole sections of her 2012 book as well as her dissertation at Columbia University. As Oklahoma attorney general, Scott Pruitt reportedly copied and pasted an oil and gas company's petition against federal limits on methane gas leaks into his own letter to the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is now the administrator of the EPA.