US POLITICS

The White House Climate Change And Civil Rights Webpages Are Gone

President Trump has wiped several official White House webpages and has replaced them with his own 6-part plan

US POLITICS
Jan 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET

That was quick.

Immediately after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, several official White House webpages and reports were wiped off the internet. It didn’t take long for the press to notice that the “climate change,” “civil rights” and “lgbt” pages on WhiteHouse.gov’s “Issues” section are gone. A Department of Labor report on advancing LGBT workplace rights was also removed. It’s not immediately clear on whether those pages will be replaced with something else.

The Trump administration instead replaced Obama’s “issues” directory with a new one of its own, listing six different initiatives. In his “America First Energy Plan,” he says that the Climate Action Plan, an initiative aimed at cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions, is “harmful” and “unnecessary.” In the “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community” section, President Trump argues for “more law enforcement.”

Just minutes into his presidency, Trump appears to be taking a scorched Earth approach — at least, in a digital sense — when it comes to eliminating his predecessor’s policies.

Trump has also taken the reins of the @POTUS Twitter handle. All of the Obama Administration’s tweets and follows have been moved over to @POTUS44, and surprisingly, Trump hasn’t sent a single tweet from his new presidential account yet.