>> Watch what you say in public if you work for the US Government. That's the word going around Washington as President Donald Trump's administration aims to muzzle several agencies that may harbor dissenting views. Sources telling Reuters that employees at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Health and Human Services have seen directives from the new leadership that seeks to limit how they communicate to the public.
Now a source at the EPA says Trump's team has also told staff not to talk to reporters or publish anything, not even a Tweet. Reinforcing concern that Trump, a climate change doubter, could try and sideline scientific research showing that emissions from fossil fuels contribute to global warming. On Tuesday, the Badlands National Park, part of the Department of Interior, posted a series of tweets about climate change.
Those were quickly deleted. And it's not just tweets about global warming. Last week an employee of the National Park Service retweeted an image of aerial footage of Obama's inauguration in 2009 compared with Trump's swearing in, which the new administration has taken issue with. Sure enough, that got cleaned off the Park Service Twitter feed as well.