The former president last year proposed the monument to honor dozens of American historical figures.
On Friday, President Joe Biden put the kibosh in his predecessor’s “National Garden of American Heroes” and revoked former President Donald Trump’s executive orders aimed at moderating social media companies’ policies and branding him. American foreign aid.
In an executive order of his own, Biden abolished the working group formed by Trump to create the new monument, which the former president proposed last year. He must have presented sculptures of dozens of American historical figures, including presidents, athletes, and pop culture icons, conceived by Trump as “a vast outdoor park that will include statues of the greatest Americans. that they have never lived ”.
Trump himself curated the list of more than 30, which included Davy Crockett, Billy Graham, Whitney Houston, Harriet Tubman and Antonin Scalia, among others, but no place was selected and the garden was never funded by Congress.
Trump has repeatedly condemned the desecration and overthrow of historic statues by protesters during protests against racial injustice and police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.
“We will raise the next generation of American patriots,” Trump said during a speech last July at Mount Rushmore, where he announced his idea for the garden. “We will write the next exciting chapter of the American adventure. And we will teach our children to know that they live in a land of legends, that nothing can stop them and that no one can contain them ”.
Trump’s executive order establishing the garden said monuments should be given priority to former presidents, people, and events related to the European discovery of North America, the founding of the United States, and the abolition of slavery.
“None will have lived perfect lives, but it will be worth honoring, remembering and studying them,” the order, which has already been canceled, states.
Other Trump executive actions were revoked
Biden’s order also revoked Trump’s May 2020 order calling on the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate social media companies to tag or remove posts or entire accounts on what Trump claimed was a restriction on freedom of expression. That order came before Trump himself was removed from platforms like Twitter and Facebook after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
The president also ended Trump’s December 2020 order to mark all U.S. foreign aid with a single “logo that embodies the values and generosity of the American people.”
Trump’s June 2020 order was also revoked calling for the federal government to “process to the fullest extent permitted by federal law” acts of vandalism and destruction of statues on federal property. This order responded to the destruction of statues, especially those honoring the Confederacy, during national protests against racial injustice after the assassination of George Floyd while in police custody.
Biden also pointed to a Trump proclamation that forced immigrants to prove they would be covered by certain health insurance plans within 30 days of entering the United States or prove they could cover medical costs.
“My administration is committed to expanding access to quality and affordable healthcare,” Biden said in revoking that proclamation. “We can achieve this goal, however, without preventing the entry of citizens who want to emigrate legally to this country but do not have significant financial means or who have not purchased health insurance coverage from a restrictive list of qualifying plans.” .