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The Trump administration arrived in Washington in 2017 viscerally opposed by both the political and the scientific establishments. Establishment scientists pre-denounced Trump administration policies as a War on Science, in response to the many Trump campaign positions deemed hostile to the “scientific consensus.”1 As Trump settled into his presidency, the most significant repudiation of the Establishment’s consensus was the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, followed soon by the administration’s reform of select Obama-era environmental regulatory initiatives.2
As with much other Trump administration policy, science initiatives have been piecemeal and limited. The Trump administration has pushed through few reformist appointments to federal scientific agencies, whose permanent bureaucracies remain Establishment bulwarks; hence the president’s vocal disbelief in the November 2018 Fourth National Climate Assessment, jointly released by the government’s environmental...