President Trump is already making big changes to the White House website
President Donald Trump and his team have pledged to completely remake American government. One of their first moves: overhauling the White House website to reflect the Trump administration’s political outlook.
The new whitehouse.gov no longer mentions things like climate change and the Affordable Care Act, which were major focuses of the site under Obama. Instead there is now language in the site’s “Issues” section that advocates for American law enforcement and “the shale oil and gas revolution.” With Trump expected to sign executive actions on immigration and other policies on Friday and into next week, the revamped whitehouse.gov may be the best indication yet of what happens next.
Though Trump has flip-flopped in some fashion on many major policy issues, the new website is as close to an agenda for the Trump administration as we’ve seen. (The Obama White House has a legacy web presence at obamawhitehouse.gov).
Trump’s whitehouse.gov has issue briefs that include “An America First Energy Plan” focused on reinvesting in fossil fuel-based energy production, the revenues of which will be used to “rebuild our roads, schools, bridges, and public infrastructure.” The plan discusses so-called clean coal but does not mention climate change.
Another issue brief: “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community.” It’s a call for “more law enforcement, more community engagement, and more effective policing.” Some language appears to be calling out the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement — “The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong.” — and gun rights are strongly supported.
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Donald Trump now also holds the keys to the @POTUS Twitter account, as well as other official social media accounts like @WhiteHouse. There is at least some continuity with the last administration on this front: Trump’s initial Twitter cover photo appears to be from Obama’s 2009 inauguration.