The National Park Service quickly experienced life under the Donald Trump administration after reportedly having its Twitter privileges revoked in response to some unflattering tweets about the 45th President.
A retweet posted to the federal agency's feed Friday noted the difference between crowds gathered for President Obama’s inauguration and Trump’s inauguration. A similar RT linked to an article reporting how healthcare, climate change and civil rights pages had all been removed from the White House website. The Washington Post confirmed an order to suspend Twitter activity issued after the unflattering tweets regarding President Trump went public.
“All bureaus and the department have been directed by incoming administration to shut down Twitter platforms immediately until further notice,” said an email circulated to Park Service employees. The National Park Service's account remains active, but the tweets in question have been removed.
President Trump has previously used Twitter for similar purposes, directly lashing out at Saturday Night Live, U.S. Representative John Lewis, the cast of Hamilton, and countless other targets. Saturday morning, the National Parks Service Twitter feed issued an apology for what were referred to as "mistaken retweets" from the account and hinted at future posts being focused on other things besides throwing shade at President Trump.
We regret the mistaken RTs from our account yesterday and look forward to continuing to share the beauty and history of our parks with you pic.twitter.com/mctNNvlrmv— NationalParkService (@NatlParkService) January 21, 2017