Trump administration seeks to muzzle U.S. agency employees
– Valerie Volcovici and P.J. Huffstutter (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has moved since he took office last week to curb the flow of information from several government agencies involved in environmental issues, in actions that may have been designed to discourage dissenting views.
Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have seen directives from the newly minted leadership seeking to limit how they communicate to the public, according to multiple sources.
Between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused him to lose the popular vote
-Donald Trump (not exact quote)
Meeting with congressional leaders
Days after being sworn in, President Trump insisted to congressional leaders invited to a reception at the White House that he would have won the popular vote had it not been for millions of illegal votes, according to people familiar with the meeting.
Trump has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud caused him to lose the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, even while he clinched the presidency with an electoral college victory.
The Trump Administration’s First 100 Lies Aren’t Accidents But a Deliberate Counter-Reality. The harder the 45th President and his team insist on “alternate facts,” the harder objective reality pushes back.
– MICHAEL TOMASKY
The Trump era started out more creepily than I could have imagined.
From the dystopian inaugural address to that Sean Spicer catastrophe to the Kellyanne Conway “alternate facts” fiasco to the President’s Nero-esque performance at the CIA to Donald Trump’s own lies about the size of his… inaugural crowds and weather, it was a lot scarier than I thought it would be.
What did I expect? I didn’t expect much. But I didn’t expect this. These were not, to use a commonly employed euphemism of mainstream journalism, the “missteps” of a green new administration. These were deliberate acts that fell into two categories.
The new president made 36 promises about his first day, but kept only two of them.
– Ryan Koronowski – Research Director at ThinkProgress
Before being inaugurated president on Friday, Donald Trump promised many things (663, to be exact). Many of those promises are things he said would be done on his first day in office. According to a ThinkProgress analysis of Trump’s public statements, 36 of them, he said, would be done or start on his first day.
Now, 24 hours after Trump took the Oath of Office, he can safely say he kept two of those promises, and broke or ignored 34.
…paid great respect to the wall
Trump’s Twitter post referring to an address he gave at CIA Headquarters in front of the Memorial Wall.
Watch for yourself and see. In front of those stars that memorialize people who gave their lives for their country, he ranted about the media, the size of crowds, ratings, it’s about him, it always always always has to be about him.
Is self-aggrandizement respectful behavior?
This was the largest crowd to ever witness an inauguration. Period.”
White House Press Conference
trumpalternativefacts.com website post author’s thoughts:
President Trump used his first full day in office on Saturday to unleash a remarkably bitter attack on the news media, falsely accusing journalists of both inventing a rift between him and intelligence agencies and deliberately understating the size of his inauguration crowd.
In a visit to the Central Intelligence Agency intended to showcase his support for the intelligence community, Mr. Trump ignored his own repeated public statements criticizing the intelligence community, a group he compared to Nazis just over a week ago.
He also called journalists “among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” and he said that up to 1.5 million people had attended his inauguration, a claim that photographs disproved.
Later, at the White House, he dispatched Sean Spicer, the press secretary, to the briefing room in the West Wing, where Mr. Spicer scolded reporters and made a series of false statements.