Can Donald Trump get rid of national monument protections?

President Donald Trump marked the week leading up to his 100th day in office by signing an executive order to reconsider the protected status of millions of acres of land and ocean seabed. Trump’s April 26 order covered more than 20 large parcels known formally as national monuments. The move prompted Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., to tweet, "The President doesn't have the legal authority to rescind a national monument designation." See Figure 1 on Some legal scholars dispute that claim, while others think it’s dead on. About the only point everyone agrees on is that the courts have never … >>More stories from National


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