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Aspen-area officials send climate message to Trump children

By: The Associated Press
March 22, 2017 Updated: March 23, 2017 at 6:36 am
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ASPEN — Aspen-area lawmakers sent a message about climate change to the children of President Donald Trump during their visit to the ski resort town.

The Pitkin County commissioners placed full-page ads in both of Aspen's newspapers Tuesday that included a letter signed by commission chairman George Newman welcoming them to the area and focusing on the negative effects of climate change.

It asked them to use their influence to steer the president's policies in a climate-friendly direction.

The Trump family's visit has been low-profile, but Eric Trump and his wife, Lara, have posted some photos on social media, including one on the slopes with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

The chairman of the county Republican Party, Bob Jenkins, said spending public money on a "blatantly political advertisement" is not good policy, The Aspen Daily News reported. The ads cost about $1,000.

The county also placed ads in 2013 containing a letter to then-first lady Michelle Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden asking them to oppose oil and gas drilling in the Thompson Divide on national forest land near Aspen, county spokesman Pat Bingham said.

Democrat Hillary Clinton won 70 percent of November's vote in Pitkin County, one of the highest shares in the country.

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