- The Washington Times - Friday, March 29, 2019

President Trump said Thursday the Great Lakes have “record deepness” during a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“I support the Great Lakes. Always have. They’re beautiful. They’re big. Very deep. Record deepness. Right,” the president said to a crowd of supporters. 

Not only are the Great Lakes not the deepest lakes in the world, but they’re also not the deepest in the United States.


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According to Geology.com, Oregon’s Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the country, with a maximum depth of 1,949 feet. The deepest Great Lake is Lake Superior who’s deepest point only sits at 1,332 feet.

However, Lake Superior does hold the U.S. record for the lake with the largest surface area, covering 31,700 square miles.



The deepest freshwater lake in the world is Lake Baikal in southern Russia, with an estimated depth of 5,387 feet deep, leaving Lake Superior far short of “record” breaking.

Mr. Trump promised the crowd “full funding” for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, despite a proposed 90 percent cut to the program in his 2020 budget.

“I’m going to get, in honor of my friends, full funding of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative,” the president said.

However, Mr. Trump’s budget would slash $270 million worth of funding of that $300 million and would be the third year in a row the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been cut, The Detroit Free Press reported.

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