Newswire: The White House’s science policy division is now empty, so that’s cool

Earlier tonight, Elle Celeste, an assistant director at the White House’s Office Of Science And Technology Policy, which helps advise the president on scientific matters, posted the following tweet/mic drop, revealing that the science branch of the office—which, overall, employed more than 100 people during the Obama administration—is now empty:

science division out. mic drop. pic.twitter.com/RoYTJqLoXa

— Elle Celeste (@elleabella1112) June 30, 2017

CBS News confirmed the message, stating that the few Obama-era holdovers in the department (and their expertise) have now taken their leave of the Executive Branch. And while the White House assured reporters that the office itself—presumably the technology side of things—still employs 35 people, and that, “All of the work that we have been doing is still being done,” it’s still a little alarming to hear that Donald Trump is no longer being advised by dedicated science …

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