- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A purported “resistance team” of National Park Service employees is battling it out with President Trump on his home turf: Twitter.

The Twitter account @AltUSNatParkService, which claims to be run by National Park Service employees tweeting during their off-work hours, has begun tweeting about climate change and blasting the president for his reported attempts to clamp down on social media use by government agencies.

“Can’t wait for President Trump to call us FAKE NEWS. You can take our official twitter, but you’ll never take our free time!” the account tweeted Wednesday.

The account was launched after the official Badlands National Park Twitter page on Tuesday tweeted several scientific facts related to climate change — tweets that were deleted just hours after they were posted. The tweets reportedly came from an ex-employee of the National Park Service who apparently still had access to the account.

The move comes after the official National Park Service account was temporarily shuttered last week after retweeting photos of Mr. Trump’s inauguration side by side with pictures from former President Obama’s inauguration in 2008.

The alternative National Park Service account has wasted little time in blasting the new president, taking aim at, among other things, his Tuesday executive order reviving the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

“President Trump will build a wall to keep people out of the US, & pipelines to make sure oil destroys our nature reserves. #resist #Keystone,” a Wednesday morning tweet reads.

It’s unclear whether the account is actually being run by Park Service employees, though the owner of the page has claimed that’s the case.

• Ben Wolfgang can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

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