Well, this is fun:
Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday and reviewed by The Associated Press detailed specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency’s social media accounts.
The Trump administration has also ordered what it called a temporary suspension of all new business activities at the department, including issuing task orders or work assignments to EPA contractors. The orders were expected to have a significant and immediate impact on EPA activities nationwide.
Similar orders barring external communications have been issued by the Trump administration at other federal agencies in recent days, including the Agriculture and Interior departments.
Well, if by fun you mean the potential destruction of our democracy. That sounds melodramatic, but a democracy can’t survive without free and open information–that’s why a Free Press is part of the Constitution. Now, we do get this:
Doug Ericksen, the communications director for Trump’s transition team at EPA, said he expects the communications ban to be lifted by the end of this week.
‘‘We’re just trying to get a handle on everything and make sure what goes out reflects the priorities of the new administration,’’ Ericksen said.
If true that’s good but since these prohibitions because the Interior Department sent out a Tweet which showed how much smaller the crowds were at Trump’s inauguration than they were at Obama’s in 2009, don’t be surprised if these types of prohibitions become common in the years ahead.