WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday put the kibosh on his predecessor’s deliberate “National Garden of American Heroes” and revoked former President Donald Trump’s govt orders aimed toward social media corporations’ moderation insurance policies and branding American international help.
In an govt order of his personal, Biden abolished the Trump-formed activity power to create the brand new monument, which the previous president proposed final 12 months.
It was to have featured sculptures of dozens of American historic figures, together with presidents, athletes and popular culture icons, envisioned by Trump as “a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live.”
Trump himself curated the record of who was to be included — Davy Crockett, Billy Graham, Whitney Houston, Harriet Tubman and Antonin Scalia, amongst others — however no web site was chosen and the backyard was by no means funded by Congress.
Biden’s order additionally revoked Trump’s May 2020 order calling for the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to research social media corporations for labeling or eradicating posts or whole accounts in what Trump claimed was a restriction on free speech. That order got here earlier than Trump himself was faraway from platforms like Twitter and Facebook after the Jan. 6 rebel on the Capitol.
The president additionally ended Trump’s December 2020 order to model all U.S. international help with a single “logo that embodies the values and generosity of the American people.”
Also revoked was Trump’s June 2020 order that known as for the federal authorities to “prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under Federal law” acts of vandalism and destruction to statues on federal property. That order got here in response to the defacement of statues — notably these honoring the Confederacy — throughout nationwide protests over racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd whereas in police custody.
Biden additionally took goal at a Trump proclamation that required immigrants to show they’d be coated by sure medical insurance plans inside 30 days of getting into the U.S. or show they may cowl medical prices.
“My Administration is committed to expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare,” Biden mentioned in revoking that proclamation. “We can achieve that objective, however, without barring the entry of noncitizens who seek to immigrate lawfully to this country but who lack significant financial means or have not purchased health insurance coverage from a restrictive list of qualifying plans.”
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