White House Briefing: Trump administration did not order media blackout
The Trump administration pushed back on reports that the EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture were given directives limiting them from speaking to the press or posting on agency social media accounts.
White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, said that the media blackouts were not ordered by President Trump.
“From what I understand, they’ve been told within their agencies to adhere to their own policies,” said Spicer. “that directive did not come from here.”
According to Spicer, President Trump’s focus has been on getting the job done and not worrying about tweets from government employees.
Though nobody has stepped forward to take responsibility for the media blackout, not all agencies are staying quiet.
South Dakota’s Badlands National Park which is part of the National Park Service, tweeted climate change facts on Tuesday. The National Wildlife’s Federation’s web site also posted climate change facts. Both had their posts deleted, but not before they could be widely shared.
When asked about the tweets, Spicer reiterated that the White House had nothing to do with the media blackout and directed all questions regarding social media policies to the agencies.