Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States today, and very shortly after taking oath of office, his administration began the fairly new and complicated digital transition process.
Over at whitehouse.gov, Obama’s action plans for issues like climate change, health care, and civil rights immediately disappeared. The new administration also removed the whitehouse.com/espanol website created in 2012 in an effort to attract more Spanish-speaking voters. Similarly, the whitehouse.gov/lgbt website launched in 2011 to engage with LGBT communities disappeared, too.
The new White House website now features a list of top issues the Trump administration will look to tackle. At the top of the list is the “America First Energy Plan,” which explains how the new President will work to eliminate the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule, among other things. (Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick to lead the EPA, sued the agency over these policies.)
“For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry,” the energy plan says. “President Trump will refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water.”
What’s also interesting is that the POTUS Twitter account was archived into: twitter.com/potus44 and a new account was created with zero followers for twitter.com/potus with no tweets. (It’s up to 10.5M followers and 1 tweet as I write this.)
Looks like the next 4 years are starting now and it will be an interesting ride.