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Trump wants clocks pegged at daylight savings time

AFP-JIJI

Americans pushing for an end to the annual ritual of losing an hour’s sleep on changing clocks to daylight savings time got a new ally Monday: President Donald Trump.

U.S. clocks go forward by an hour each spring and back an hour in November, ahead of winter. The switch, which took place at 2:00 a.m. in Washington on Sunday, now means more daylight in the evenings.

Left groggy by the disruption, critics say the back-and-forth of the clock is unnecessary and maybe even dangerous. Trump seems to agree.

“Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!” he wrote on Twitter.

Political momentum for leaving the clocks on summer schedule year-round is building in state legislatures from California to Florida. The U.S. Congress would have to give a final approval.

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