Trump Administration

Our experts and analysts weigh in on the latest developments in the Trump administration.

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Science Sidelined in Trump Rose Garden Fiasco

Having paved over the science on pandemics, the Trump administration puts up parking lots. Literally. Read more >

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White House Removes Public Health Experts from Coronavirus Discussions

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

This is President Trump’s approach to nearly every public health and environmental threat: find some way to exclude the experts, stop them from speaking publicly, and make decisions in a vacuum. The deliberate sidelining of public health experts and science leads to bad policy, and ultimately, to more sickness and death. Read more >

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Lunch in the Time of COVID-19: What Schools Need Now to Ensure Kids Don’t Go Hungry During a Pandemic

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

Regular readers will know that I take a pretty dim view of the Trump administration’s Department of Agriculture and many of its anti-science, anti-farmer, and just plain mean-spirited actions over the past three years. The administration is also getting a lot of things (very) wrong in its response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). But last week, the USDA got something right when it moved to help two states facing serious virus outbreaks ensure that schoolchildren can access free and reduced-priced meals even when schools are closed during this emergency. Unfortunately, schools and the children they serve across the nation are likely to need a lot more of this support in the weeks and months ahead. Read more >

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Environmental Racism in Action: The Trump Administration’s Plans to Gut NEPA

The loss of public input in the administration’s proposed changes has environmental justice leaders up in arms. For them, the silencing amounts to regulatory racism. To make sure residents cannot complain about proposed projects, the Trump administration is trying to severely limit the opportunity for mothers, fathers, seniors, and teens and community leaders to speak directly to the government. Read more >

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Bettina Elias Siegel’s “Kid Food” Explains My Daughter’s Love Affair with a Fast Food Chain

, Economist

I’m not a purist about much when it comes to parenting, and that’s by design. And so, I confess: on occasion, our family indulges in a fast food meal, mostly out of what feels like necessity—think ill-planned long car rides or exhaustion after a stomach bug that started at 1 AM. Read more >

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