Despite the Trump administration’s efforts to implement President Donald Trump’s agenda, some federal agencies continue to operate in support of the agenda of former President Barack Obama.
A new report reveals that the most egregious push back to Trump’s agenda relates to issues of climate change.
On Tuesday, the main headline on the homepage of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration read, “Globe had 3rd warmest year to date and 5th warmest November on record.”
Despite Trump calling global warming a hoax, in numerous reports following Trump’s election, career staffers at NOAA continue to claim that climate change is real, serious and man-made.
Trump’s political appointees at the Commerce Department–which oversees NOAA–have complained to its staff but have not insisted on changes or alterations of the claims.
“Everything coming out of NOAA does not reflect this administration,” said David Schnare, a retired lawyer for an industry-backed think tank, who served on Trump’s transition team. “It reflects the last one.”
NOAA is not alone in its resistance to the Trump agenda. An estimated two million career federal workers “have found ways to obstruct, slow down or simply ignore their new leader, the president.”
The report cites such employees at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the State Department, among others, who are working to thwart Trump’s agenda.
“The bureaucracy is generally resistant, no matter what the hell you’re trying to do,” said Leon Panetta, who guided presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama through transitions, adding that Trump’s ambitious plan to revise or rescind Obama-era policies “is gonna take a hell of a lot longer.”
Bureaucrats have devised other tactics to foment the continuance of programs that were implemented prior to Trump’s election, such as “calling them something new or describing them in different ways.”
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