Pelosi rips Trump administration's 'thought control' on CDC
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiRoby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism Mellman: (Mis)interpreting elections Overnight Health Care: Trump officials score a win against Planned Parenthood | Idaho residents to vote on Medicaid expansion | PhRMA, insurers weigh in on Trump drug pricing plan MORE (D-Calif.) ripped the Trump administration on Saturday for its ban on the use of certain phrases in official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents, calling it an attempt at controlling people's words and thoughts.

"DANGER! Trump Admin is going further down a dangerous and un-American path of word and thought control. @POTUS has no respect for and has banned words," Pelosi tweeted, including the terms "vulnerable," "diversity," "transgender," "evidence-based" and "science-based."

Top CDC budget officials forwarded the list of "forbidden" words and phrases to CDC policy analysts on Thursday. They are reportedly prohibited from using the terms in official documents related to the 2019 budget, which is expected to come out in February. 

The Democratic leader's comments follow Rep. Gwen MooreGwen Sophia MooreOn The Money: Trump defends tariff moves as allies strike back | China says it's ready for trade war | Maxine Waters is done with 'nice guy' politics | ZTE allowed to resume some operations Maxine Waters is done with 'nice guy politics' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump: `A very great moment in the history of the world’ MORE (D-Wis.) calling the decision "deeply disturbing and offensive." 

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Critics have called the move a politicization of scientific findings, in line with past moves by the administration to remove mentions of climate change and renewable energy initiatives from government websites.

The abridged vocabulary for administrators could affect the CDC's recommendations regarding populations such as transgender people, who are statistically at a higher risk for sexually transmitted diseases. 

Pelosi, a vocal LGBT advocate, has previously lashed out against the administration's efforts to prevent transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military.