The Trump administration continues its war on women following Trump’s “Bleeding Facelift” tweet attacking MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.
…to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017
Politico Reports that the Council on Women and Girls, founded under Obama administration, is on the chopping block.
President Barack Obama set up the program in 2009. According to Politico, The Council is an official office within the White House designed “to monitor the impact of policy changes and liaise with women’s groups.”
However, the office has so far been “defunct” under the new Trump administration.
White House Spokesperson Hope Hicks told Politico that they “want the input of the various agencies to understand the assets they have so that we make this office additive, not redundant”:
She added that the White House “is evaluating the best positioning of this office going forward (and other legacy Obama offices)” and flagged other policy initiatives, including adviser Ivanka Trump’s push for paid family leave and STEM education for girls, that will address gender disparities.
And here’s another fun fact for those who believe that the GOP isn’t engaged in a “war on women.” Former President George W. Bush also disbanded a similar office set up by his predecessor President Bill Clinton. Clinton established a White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach, which functioned as a public liaison for addressing women’s issues.
The Council, created only three months into Obama’s term, was designed as a near replica of Clinton’s program “which helped the Democratic administration maintain open lines of communication with women’s groups but was much-hated by conservative groups.”
Politico reports, “veterans of Obama’s White House say the existence of a robust office supporting women and girls sends a strong message about the president’s priorities — and that the lack of such an office does as well.”
Here’s a little reminder of what a real president looks like. Check out this video of President Obama announcing the creation of the White House Council on Women and Girls.
Now let’s take a look at a comparable video showing Donald Trump addressing women’s issues close to the same time frame.
Yeah, there’s a subtle difference there. Did you catch it?