The President of the United States has had a science advisor going back to the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941; Roosevelt’s science advisor at the time was Vannevar Bush.
Some notable science advisors have included Isadore I. Rabi (Eisenhower, 1956), Frank Press (Carter, 1977), William Robert Graham (Reagan, 1986), my U of M colleague Rosina Bierbaum (Bush, 2001), and John Holdren (Obama, 2009).
So, allow me to show you a photo of Donald Trump’s science advisor, hard at work in her OSTP office:
And, here is a photo of the scientists who work alongside Trump’s science advisor at OSTP:
Yup, you guessed it. For the first time in decades, the White House lacks a scientific advisory committee.
(Or, is it only a matter of time before Ivanka Trump or Jared Kushner are appointed as Trump’s science advisor?)
This is not normal.
It’s July 5th, 2017.
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