The incoming Trump administration wasted no time posting its platform on the White House website — which it did almost to the second Donald Trump was inaugurated on Friday. In doing so it has apparently eliminated any trace of President Obama’s policies, indicating that at least publicly it is installing it’s “Day One” plan of rolling back the 44th president’s work — including his policies on civil rights, health care, the environment, the economy and LGBTQ concerns.
The navigation bar at the top of WhiteHouse.gov has removed the Obama executive team completely and placed bios of President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and their spouses.
But more importantly in the “issues” pulldown, Trump’s ideas have replaced Obama’s with his “America First Energy Plan” where he pledges to get rid of the “Climate Action Plan” and the “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Instead, Trump announced plans to burn more coal and drill for more shale, oil and natural gas.
He also proposes plans to protect police in his “Standing Up for Our Law Enforcement Community” lodging an apparent veiled threat to movements like Black Lives Matter and other social justice organizations.”The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump Administration will end it….Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter.”
At present, there does not seem to be any pages on the website dedicated to addressing the concerns of those innocent who have been harmed or affected by police violence.
But most notably — and palpably — absent was the online literature on civil rights, voting rights, combating discrimination or diversity that existed on the website during Obama’s tenure. Also, health care, the signature accomplishment of the Obama years, which was intricately detailed to give readers a complete understanding of the Affordable Care Act, is completely gone.
What’s more, Trump has no health care plan whatsoever now on the website. He pledged during his campaign to “repeal and replace” the ACA on the first day of his administration. The Senate and House both took votes on the first step to begin the dismantling of the law, but it was a procedural vote that got no support at all from Democrats and which several Republicans criticized because of the lack of a replacement health care policy.
It is unclear if any of these things will be added to the website in the coming days and weeks or how the Trump administration plans to address any of the missing issues — if at all.
However, for those of us who are interested in studying the Obama administration’s policies of the last eight years, they have been safely archived for all to see at obamawhitehouse.archives.gov.