WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden
canceled his predecessor’s planned “National Garden of American Heroes” and revoked former President Donald Trump
’s executive orders aimed at social media
companies’ moderation policies and branding American foreign aid on Friday.
Biden, in his own executive order, disbanded Trump's task force formed to create the new monument, which the former president proposed last year.
It was to have featured sculptures of dozens of American historical figures, including presidents, athletes, and pop culture icons, and was envisioned by Trump as "a vast outdoor park featuring the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live."
Trump chose who would be included, including Davy Crockett
, Billy Graham
, Whitney Houston
, Harriet Tubman, and Antonin Scalia, but no site was chosen, and the garden was never funded by Congress
Biden's order also revoked Trump's May 2020 order directing the Department of Justice
and the Federal Trade Commission
to investigate social media companies for labeling or removing posts or entire accounts in what Trump claimed was a restriction on free speech, which came before Trump was removed from platforms such as Twitter
following the Jan. 6 insurgency at the Capitol
The president also revoked Trump's December 2020 directive to brand all US foreign aid with a single "logo that embodies the values and generosity of the American people
Trump also revoked his June 2020 order, which directed the federal government to “prosecute to the fullest extent permitted by Federal law” acts of vandalism and destruction to statues on federal property. That order was issued in response to the defacement of statues, particularly those honoring the Confederacy, during nationwide protests over racial injustice following the killing of George Flo.
Biden also criticized a Trump proclamation requiring immigrants to show that they would be covered by certain health insurance
plans within 30 days of entering the United States, or that they could cover medical costs.
“My Administration is committed to expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare,” Biden said in revoking the proclamation, adding that “we can achieve that goal without barring the entry of noncitizens who seek to immigrate lawfully to this country but lack significant financial means or have not purchased health insurance coverage from a restrictive list of qualifying plans.”