Inauguration Day is a celebration of American democracy: a symbol of the tradition of peaceful power transfers that has survived longer than any other nation on earth. The entire day is perfectly planned and choreographed down to the smallest detail.
Moments after President Trump took the oath of office, the White House website began to make its transition to the new administration. But it’s what was taken down from the website that has people paying attention.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Similarly, the climate change web page that existed under Obama was immediately scrubbed, with no mention of climate change under Trump’s energy plan.
Instead, he vowed to eliminate “harmful and unnecessary policies” such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the United States rule. The first represents a variety of efforts President Obama pursued to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions while the second is a rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency to protect not only the largest waterways but smaller tributaries that others believe should fall under the jurisdiction of states rather than the federal government.
The fact that the page was removed so fast is no accident. President Trump has hit the ground running in his effort to take the country in a completely different direction, and it’s telling that one of the details he’s focused on is rolling back some of the damaging regulations that were passed under President Obama.
The changes to the website weren’t limited to just taking down pages. President Trump’s staff immediately put up new policy initiatives that the new administration will attempt to achieve:
Just moments after President Donald Trump took the oath of office Friday, the official White House website was transformed into a set of policy pledges that offered the broad contours of the Trump administration’s top priorities — a list that included fierce support for law enforcement, an immediate elimination of the White House’s policy page on climate page and a notable absence of any directives involving President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
“Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter,” reads the law and order section, which calls for “more law enforcement” and “more effective policing.” “Our job is to make life more comfortable for parents who want their kids to be able to walk the streets safely. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus. Or the young child walking home from school.”
The changes to the website are an extension of the policies President Trump made on the campaign trail, signaling that he intends to keep his promises to the American people.
With the inauguration of President Trump now in the books, the new administration is getting down to the business of running the country. Now we’re getting a glimpse into just how President Trump plans to do that.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]