Business Insider just released a new report that reveals that Former President Donald Trump and his administration blocked the creation of a number of government websites that had such goals as easing homelessness and preventing fraud.
The outlet obtained this information by way of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
That request was for records of government websites – that is, “.gov” websites – that the administrations of Trump and President joe Biden both rejected and approved.
According to the records, the website proposals were made by numerous agencies during the second half of Trump’s presidency.
The agencies include the Department of Defense, Department of Labor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Central Intelligence Agency, and Environmental Protection, among many, many others.
According to Business Insider, the proposed websites that the Trump administration rejected include – again among many others – “HumanTrafficking.gov (Department of State); ReportFraud.gov (Federal Trade Commission); Telehealth.gov (Department of Health and Human Services), FindShelters.gov (Department of Housing and Urban Development), and FiscalData.gov (Department of the Treasury).”
It is not known why the Trump administration rejected the creation of such websites. In its report, Business Insider, nonetheless, clearly implies that Trump was wrong to do so.
Neither Trump nor his associates have responded to the report in any way.
A completely different approach
As stated, Business Insider obtained not only records from the Trump administration but also the corresponding records from the Biden administration.
What these records show is that, whereas Trump rejected the creation of most of the proposed government websites, President Biden has taken the opposite approach: approving the creation of the suggested government websites.
The Washington Examiner reports, “between January 2021 and September 2022, Biden’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved 85 of the 89 requests, and the four were not voluntarily withdrawn.” The outlet adds that, “conversely, Trump’s OMB only approved 60 of the 104 requests from July 2018 to January 2021.”
It will probably not come as a surprise to most that under the Democrat Biden’s leadership, the U.S. government has only continued to grow, whereas Trump, a Republican, tried to stop its growth and even reduce its already overgrown size.