Trump Silences Scientists From EPA, USDA

Trump Administration Tells Government Scientists To Stop Speaking To Public Reports

The Trump administration has issued a memo this week ordering the U.S. Department of Agriculture's research arm to stop publishing "outward facing" documents and research, according to reports from multiple media outlets including BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and Politico.

"Starting immediately and until further notice, ARS will not release any public-facing documents", ARS chief of staff Sharon Drumm wrote in a memo to her staff on Monday, BuzzFeed reported.

The US Department of Agriculture has banned scientists and other employees in its main research division from publicly sharing everything from the summaries of scientific papers to USDA-branded tweets as it starts to adjust to life under the Trump administration.

The US Agricultural Research Service has been stopped from issuing news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds or any social media content, until further notice.

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A memo sent to EPA staff said that there should be no press releases sent to "external audiences" and that "no social media will be going out", according to a report by The Hill. This gag order operated in the same vein as Trump's attempts to silence the EPA, National Park Service and Department of Transportation and Department of Health and Human Services. The ARS now has about 750 pending projects dealing with issues like food safety, crop protection, aquaculture and climate change.

USDA-ARS officials have confirmed that effective immediately, the ban includes the release of news releases, photos and other material to the public.

The USDA-wide memo, issued by the department's acting deputy administrator, Michael Young, was meant to offer guidance on "interim procedures" until a new secretary takes over USDA. The orders are expected to have a significant and immediate impact on EPA activities nationwide.

On Tuesday, a Twitter account for Badlands National Park, in South Dakota, posted a series of tweets about climate change, an issue that President Trump has called a hoax while promising to promote the drilling and use of fossil fuels. However, after a day of strident and vocal backlash against the rule from both the scientific community and American public, the department relented.

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