Biden revokes Trump order to punish statue vandals

Joanna Estrada
May 15, 2021

Next, Biden axed the Trump order - issued on January 18 - that would've required the federal government to build a garden featuring sculptures of a dizzying 244 figures from history that the former president considered "American Heroes".

Trump proposed statues of "historically significant Americans" including presidents, athletes and pop culture icons including Frederick Douglass, Thomas Jefferson and Betsy Ross.

In an executive order of his own, Biden abolished the Trump-formed task force to create the new monument, which the former president proposed previous year.

The project was never funded by Congress and no site was ever picked. Trump has created the list himself.

Also revoked was Trump's June 2020 order that called for the federal government to "prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under Federal law" acts of vandalism and destruction to statues on federal property.

Biden has also ended Trump's May 2020 order calling for the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice to probe social media companies for removing or labeling posts or entire accounts in what the former president claimed was a restriction on free speech. That order came in response to protesters tearing down statues and monuments of Confederate generals and other racist figures from American history as part of a wave of racial justice demonstrations in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd in Minnesota.

The president also squashed executive orders trying to redefine certain categories of white-collar crimes to prevent "overcriminalization" and limit US foreign aid for certain countries.

Trump's proclamation in 2019 required that visa applicants verify they will be covered by an approved health insurer within 30 days of entering the USA or have the ability to pay for "reasonably foreseeable medical costs".

"Wouldn't it be weird if the CYBER-ATTACK that shutdown the United States' top fuel line was an INSIDE JOB to pretend Joe Biden isn't responsible for the insane increase in gas price", read a widely shared tweet by former Florida congressional candidate Chuck Callesto.

"My Administration is committed to expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare", Biden said in revoking that proclamation. These incidents include SolarWinds, Microsoft Exchange, and the Colonial Pipeline.

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