President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Friday (June 14) to cut back the number of advisory committees by at least a third by the end of September, according to a statement from the White House. The federal advisory committee system is the formal structure for government agencies to seek advice from experts including scientists. The number of science advisory committees decreased by 20 percent between 2016 and 2017, and committee membership declined by 14 percent, according to a study by the Union for Concerned Scientists (UCS). "Now they're removing the possibility of even making decisions based on robust science advice."
A 17-state poll conducted in March showed the president trailing former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in 11 states. The Trump campaign responded with an odd mash-up of denials. Trump told his aides to claim that the polls, which were conducted in late March, didn't actually exist. When Trump's 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale was confronted with the actual numbers by ABC News, he said, "These leaked numbers are ancient, in campaign terms, from months-old polling that began in March before two major events had occurred: the release of the summary of the Mueller report exonerating the President, and the beginning of the Democrat candidates defining themselves with their far-left policy message." Trump himself called the numbers "phony polling information" and asserted that his polling was actually "the strongest I've ever been." And, now, the campaign has, according to the New York Times, fired three of its five pollsters.
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has announced that she will be leaving the Trump administration at the end of June, according to a tweet Thursday from President Donald Trump. read more