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Trump Administration Is Accused Of Deleting And Hiding Data Unfavorable To Initiatives

When anything and everything about your administration is gone over with a fine-tooth comb, the best course of action calls for you to make sure that your administration has all of its ducks in a row.

That doesn’t seem to be the case with the administration of President Donald Trump, and the examples are many. Politics aside, there have been far too many instances in which members of the government have delivered mixed signals to the press. That leads to suspicions being raised, and whether or not there’s anything to be suspicious about is irrelevant at that point. A team that can’t get on the same page about facts that should be pretty clear cut gives the impression that all is not well at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

As the Independent Journal Review shares, some actions taken by the Trump administration have also given the appearance that there’s some general confusion on things. For example, there’s a whole host of data that used to be readily available on data.gov that’s no longer there. That, of course, leads to the question of why, and the speculation centers on the fact that the data in question may not reflect too favorably on specific items on the Trump agenda.

Whether that’s the case or not is open to debate, but the can of worms has been opened nonetheless. That will lead to an endless amount of questioning about what’s going on, and confusing answers that do anything but put the matter to rest.

“This is the policy that's existed from the beginning of time since they were kept,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Spicer was referring to the administration’s decision to end the practice of placing certain ethics waivers online. His explanation was incorrect, as the White House’s new policy is a reversal of course from the Obama administration. Other officials have spoken to the press directly to try to clear up the confusion, but they have made it worse in the process.

“The President has made a commitment that his administration will absolutely follow the law and disclose any information it is required to disclose,” according to an official.

A mainstream media that hangs its hat on splitting participles every which way they can will have a field day with the above statement. There’s plenty of different things that can be read into that statement, and White House officials that fail to provide clarity with their statements, comments, and leaks have no one to blame but themselves when the press portrays them as a gang that can’t shoot straight.

Source: IJR
Photo: TheWhiteHouse/Flickr

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