How the Trump administration has harmed public health and safety in its first six months The Trump presidency has shown a clear pattern of actions that threaten public health and safety by eroding the role of science in policy.
Since President Trump took office in January 2017, his administration (aided and abetted by Congress) has waged a war on science—undermining the role of science in public policy, giving industry undue influence on decisionmaking processes, creating a hostile environment for federal scientists, and reducing public access to scientific information.
This pattern of anti-science actions threatens the health and safety of the American people, with the greatest impacts likely to fall on the nation’s most vulnerable populations. The science community and the general public have responded to this threat with vigorous resistance, and we must continue to stand up for science if we are to prevent the worst potential consequences of the Trump administration’s actions.
These are the findings of a new UCS report, Sidelining Science Since Day One, that details dozens of cases where science has been ignored, denied, distorted, silenced, or hidden from public view over the administration’s first six months.