In a week where President Trump has been trying to convince the world that he’s doing something right, he’s also being forced to face a backlash against his new fishing restrictions.
The president’s announcement of the new regulations comes on the heels of the release of a report from the Federal Maritime Commission that found there was “no evidence of an impact” on boats in the waters around San Francisco Bay.
That report found “no significant adverse impact on the fishery” on fishing boats, though it noted “some boats are experiencing limited access to the water” and “there may be some fishing opportunities in certain locations.”
Trump has called the report “unfair” and a “fraud.”
“The FAIR report was based on an incorrect methodology, which does not account for the changing fishing conditions, the impacts of weather and other factors, and the effects of current trends,” the White House said in a statement.
“Fisheries are protected by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and all vessels entering or leaving the United Kingdom should follow the same rules.
The United States is a proud and open trading nation, and we will continue to pursue fair trade.”
In his statement, the president also blasted the report for not mentioning the United Nations’ International Court of Justice’s ruling in 2014 that fishing in the world’s busiest fishery was illegal.
The court’s ruling declared fishing in waters off the coasts of China, the Philippines and the South China Sea illegal and in violation of the U.N.’s charter.
The U.S. was one of four countries that voted against the court ruling.
The FAO said the commission’s findings were based on “limited data and an analysis of data from individual vessels.”
The commission said it would continue to collect data on the impact of the Trump administration’s new rules.
Trump is expected to announce the details of his plan on Monday.