CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON TRUMP BANNING EPA EMPLOYEES FROM SOCIAL MEDIA & SPEAKING TO THE PRESS

January 24, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WashingtonToday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding the news that President Trump has banned employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from posting on social media and speaking to the press.

“Today President Trump*** banned EPA employees from posting on social media and speaking to the press.  This is a move straight out of Orwell’s 1984.  Iconic American innovation and discovery have been founded on science and intellectual inquiry.  It’s bad enough that Trump – who had an Inauguration size smaller than Obama and Carter  – denies the irrefutable facts of climate change, but it is downright perilous to American democracy to restrict access to a free and open exchange of ideas.  The work by the EPA is a vanguard against environmental and public health ruin.  We are witnessing an American tragedy when the American President tries to suppress the truth on climate change by waging war on the free press.  Vladimir Putin would be proud of President Trump today.”

***In addition to losing the popular vote, Trump - as of January 20, 2017 - is in violation of the Emoluments Clause set forth in Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution due to massive conflicts of interests and his refusal to put his global business holdings in blind trusts.  Trump also benefitted from Vladimir Putin ordering a multifaceted and brazen Russian influence and cyber hacking campaign with the goals of undermining faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrating Secretary Clinton’s electability, and helping Trump’s election chances.

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