Biden revokes Trump order to punish statue vandals

Trump plans RETURN to rally circuit with three upcoming events this summer

Biden Dissolves Controversial Trump Orders On Race And Culture

Trump visited Mount Rushmore in the state of South Dakota on the eve of July 4 Independence Day previous year, accusing "angry mobs" of waging "a merciless campaign" to wipe out USA history while pledging to construct a "National Garden of American Heroes" that will feature statues of "the greatest Americans to ever live".

The envisioned garden was a pet project of Trump's that he first announced in July 2020, and then updated two days before leaving office.

Also on the list was Houston, hailed as one of the United States' greatest ever pop stars, who tragically drowned while high on drugs in February 2012.

Other statues planned by Trump included late Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, underground railroad heroine Harriet Tubman, cookery book writer Julia Child and evangelist Billy Graham.

Aside from the sculpture garden of American Heroes, Biden also canceled an order that sought to protect Confederate-era monuments.

However, no site was determined for the National Garden of American Heroes, and Congress never funded the proposition.

The rollback blitz was announced by the White House without much fanfare in a statement saying Biden had used the "authority vested" in him to scrap former President Donald Trump's orders, several of which were issued in the lame-duck period after the 2020 election.

It followed demonstrators targeting statues, many dedicated to figures from the pro-slavery Confederacy, during US-wide protests following the murder of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These demonstrations later spread around the world.

Biden also revoked an executive order that would rebrand United States foreign aid and another order meant to encourage the Justice Department to prosecute people for destroying a USA "monument, memorial or statue".

That order came before Mr Trump himself was removed from platforms like Twitter and Facebook after the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

Trump's proclamation in 2019 required that visa applicants verify they will be covered by an approved health insurer within 30 days of entering the United States or have the ability to pay for "reasonably foreseeable medical costs".

"My Administration is committed to expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare", including for non-citizens, Mr Biden said as he revoked that proclamation.

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