Trump wins 2016 presidential election, but what does that mean for science?


Everyone is scrambling to understand how the election of Donald J. Trump will impact the science and technology enterprise. In short, we know very little. Science, agriculture and natural resources where nearly nonexistent topics in the campaign. Having never held elective office there is also no Trump record to serve as a guide. Most decisions of funding and research priorities are determined by Congress and the political leadership of science agencies. Who will lead USDA, DOE, NOAA, NASA and NIH during a Trump administration is not yet known. The people selected to serve in key leadership roles will be key indicators of his priorities. The clearest indication of Trump’s views on federal science funding have can be found in answers to the questionnaire developed by ScienceDebate. The answers seem to recognize the importance of federal investments in research, but his responses are short on detail. The Washington Post tries to provide some insight into Trump’s science priorities from previous statements and interviews. The ASA, CSSA, SSSA Science Policy Office will continue to keep our members informed as this new administration takes shape.