The Environmental Protection Agency building in Washington DC [Image: Thinkstock/Getty Images].


Put this together with the ‘alternative facts’ put forward by the Trump administration’s representatives and it seems we have a US president who wants propaganda, rather than press spokespeople.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture have been placed under de facto gag orders by the Trump administration, according to documents obtained by news organizations.

The president has banned EPA employees from “providing updates on social media or to reporters,” according to interagency emails first obtained by the Associated Press, and barred them from awarding new contracts or grants as well. Trump is reportedly planning massive cuts and rollbacks for the agency.

Over the weekend, the Department of the Interior’s social media privileges were briefly suspended by the president after the National Park Service published a picture comparing Trump’s inauguration crowd to that of Barack Obama in 2009.

Source: Trump bans agencies from ‘providing updates on social media or to reporters’ | US news | The Guardian

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