By Aamer Madhani / Associated Press
President Joe Biden officially revoked a series of presidential decrees and memoranda signed by Donald Trump on Wednesday, including one that sought to cut funding to several cities the 45th president considered to be “anarchist” havens and another requiring buildings federals are designed in a classic aesthetic. .
Since taking office last month, Biden has revoked dozens of Trump’s orders and issued dozens more as he sought to target core aspects of Trump’s legacy and promote the aspect. of its own program without going through Congress.
The latest list of revocations targeted a bunch of issues, including a few that Trump signed off in his final months in office.
Trump issued a memorandum in September that sought to identify city governments that allow “lawlessness, violence and destruction in American cities.” The memorandum followed riots over anti-police protests and racism against the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. The Justice Department has identified Seattle, New York and Portland, Oregon as three cities that could see their federal funding slashed.
Those cities in turn have filed a lawsuit to invalidate the designation and fight the Trump administration’s efforts to withhold federal dollars.
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes welcomed Biden’s dismissal, saying he was “happy that this nonsense has been lifted from the bridges.”
Trump in his “Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture” intoned that America’s ancestors “wanted public buildings to inspire the American people and encourage civic virtue.” The memorandum added that architects should take inspiration from âAmerica’s beloved iconic buildingsâ such as the White House, the United States Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Treasury Department and the Lincoln Memorial.
Another suspended order was one issued by Trump in the final days of his presidency, dubbed “Ensure democratic accountability in agency rule-making.” He called for limiting the ability of federal agency employees to make regulatory decisions.
Biden also revoked a 2018 order that called on government agency heads to review social protection programs – such as food stamps, Medicaid and housing assistance – and to tighten work demands. for some beneficiaries.
Associated Press writer Gene Johnson in Seattle contributed to this report.