Russian asbestos company using Trump images to market products

19 Jul 2018 by under News

asbestos Trump Russia Facebook image OAO 100x100 Russian asbestos company using Trump images to market productsA Russian asbestos company is using images of President Trump and citing former Environmental Protection Agency () administrator Scott Pruitt to market its cancer-causing products on social media.

Uralasbest, which operates a giant asbestos mine in the Ural Mountains, stamped pallets of products with a seal donning Trump’s face and the text “Approved by Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States,” then posted photos of the stamped pallets on its Facebook page. “Donald is on our side,” the company’s photo captions said.

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was commonly used in building materials like insulation because of its fire-resistant qualities. In the 1980s, use of asbestos began to be restricted after scientific evidence linked asbestos exposure to serious health risks.

Asbestos can cause the incurable lung disease asbestosis, lung cancer, and , a rare but serious form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs or other internal organs. It can take decades for the disease to present, and most victims die within 12 to 24 months of diagnosis.

Yet, Trump has expressed skepticism about the health risks associated with asbestos exposure as far back as 1997. In his book “The Art of the Comeback,” he wrote that he believed the mob led early anti-asbestos efforts. In 2002, he tweeted that the World Trade Center would not have burned down had asbestos in the building not been removed years prior.

The United States was getting most of its asbestos from Brazil and a small percentage from Russia until recently, when Brazil issued a ban on the mining, use and sale of the dangerous mineral, according to Chemical & Engineering News. A handful of lawmakers have expressed concerns over Russia filling the asbestos void left behind by Brazil.

Source: Washington Post

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