"This protects your beautiful Gulf and your beautiful ocean, and it will for a long time to come," Trump said in Jupiter, Florida, just before signing a presidential order in front of officials from the three states.
He said the decision to extend and expand the drilling ban comes after close consultation with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.), as well as Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.).
The trip to Florida comes as Trump steps up his travel to battleground states 8 weeks before the election. From Florida, he headed to a campaign rally in North Carolina, another must-win for his reelection, before returning to the White House late Tuesday.
Trump called out Biden at the event at Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, saying that Biden's policies "will destroy jobs; cause energy prices to double and triple and quadruple, to skyrocket beyond belief; and the environment will be badly hurt." He warned that Biden and the radical left could potentially take away Florida residents' energy independence.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Tuesday praised the action taken by the Trump administration as "good news" but warned "we must remain vigilant in the conservation and preservation of our coastline."
The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), an industry group, said in a statement on Tuesday that offshore drilling provides jobs as well as raw materials for plastics such as that used in medical equipment.
"Our preference should always be to produce homegrown American energy, instead of deferring future production to countries like Russia and Iran, which do not share American values," the group said in its statement on Tuesday. "Limiting access to our offshore energy resources only shortchanges America and dulls our national outlook."