In a bombshell new report, the Trump administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — which has not yet been purged of Obama’s staff yet — to halt all of its grant spending, an unnamed agency source reports.
Global warming, air quality monitoring and education grants have stopped being handed out by the EPA during the freeze. The Huffington Post reports that the giant agency also told employees not to discuss the spending freeze outside the agency.
“The Huffington Post also received a message that was reportedly sent to staff Monday that seems to cover the current agency guidance on talking to the press in general, not just about the directive on grants,” HuffPo senior reporter Kate Sheppard wrote. “The memo states that the agency is imposing tight controls on external communication, including press releases, blog posts, social media and content on the agency website.”
HuffPo claims its source is an EPA staffer who remained anonymous to avoid retaliation. ProPublica later confirmed the spending freeze with transition officials, describing it as a “holding pattern.”
It should be no surprise that an Obama staffer ran to Huffington Post with this report, but it just makes those who elected President Trump glad that he’s already cutting spending and reallocating tax dollars to benefit Americans.
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