Trump Blocked Govt. Websites Aimed at Aiding Minorities, Stopping Human Trafficking

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When Donald Trump served as President of the United States between 2017 and 2021, his White House administration reportedly blocked the creation of government websites that would have aided minorities, worked to stop human trafficking, and done other humanitarian services.

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The news comes via a Business Insider article, sourced from records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

Per the government documents, requests for new websites came from various agencies -- including big players like the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) -- at a time when Trump apparently felt the federal government's executive branch was a "deep state" conspiring to undermine his decisions.

Insider reports that just a few of the websites that were rejected by Trump's Office of Management and Budget are 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).

As you can see, many of these websites, such as FindShelters.gov and Telehealth.gov, would have assisted families struggling with housing and healthcare issues.

It is worth noting that, although these new ".gov" domains were rejected, the agencies were still allowed to amend their existing primary websites with new pages.

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The problem with this, however, is twofold. Not only does it make navigation challenging for users but URLs with numerous backslashes and subdirectories are not easy to remember.

The public records do not indicate a reason for the Office of Management and Budget's rejection of these numerous ".gov" websites.

Trump, who recently announced that he will once again seek the Republican Presidential nod in 2024, has been facing a number of legal issues, largely related to his taxes.

Recently, the House of Representatives petitioned the Supreme Court to release Trump's personal tax documents documents after Chief Justice John Roberts (R) placed a temporary hold on them.

Furthermore, the Trump Organization criminal tax lawsuit is ongoing in Manhattan, with company Controller Jeffrey McConney providing salacious details about how he skirted tax laws on the stand last week.

Although Donald Trump is not himself named as a defendant in the criminal proceedings, he has been facing an onslaught of his own legal problems following the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The businessman's Mar-a-Lago property in Florida was the subject of a now-infamous Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raid on August 8 and, per Bloomberg, the businessman "invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination on Wednesday [August 10] to avoid answering deposition questions in a civil probe of his family real estate business by New York Attorney General Letitia James."

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The raid had some Republicans calling for the release of the FBI's affidavit, pressure to which the investigative agency has not succumbed.

Trump recently came under fire for falsely accusing past Presidents George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama of keeping classified documents, as well.

All of this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Trump family's legal woes right now. Letitia James and her office have officially filed a $250 million civil suit against Trump, and the former President is also the subject of an ongoing 2020 election fraud probe in Georgia.

What do you think about Trump's administration blocking the creation of numerous government websites?

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