With just a couple of weeks in office, president Donald Trump has been very busy signing a flurry of executive actions which includes seven executive orders, two proclamations, and 11 memorandums.
Here is a complete list of the 45th U.S. president’s first executive orders so far:
- His most controversial executive order to date is the “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” which Trump signed on Jan. 27. With just a stroke of a pen, the new commander-in-chief put on hold the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 4 months. It also barred refugees and visitors from seven Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days. These countries include Libya, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. The Syrian ban was set indefinitely. Additionally, the directive blocks immigration benefits such as the issuing of visas to these countries and sets a limit to refugee admissions at 50,000 for this year. Furthermore, Trump granted priority to refugees that flee religious persecution which will mainly benefit Christians from predominantly Muslim countries.
- “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” which the president signed on Jan. 25 halts the catch-and-release practice benefiting immigrants . It also lays the groundwork for Trump’s “great, great” wall on the U.S.’ southern border.
- “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” was signed by Trump on Jan. 25. The directive is another sweeping action targeting illegal immigrants this time. Trump ordered the so called “sanctuary cities” to hand over illegal aliens charged with or convicted of a criminal offense to federal authorities. Additionally, any sanctuary city that fails to comply with federal immigration rules will lose their federal funding.
- “Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High-Priority Infrastructure Projects” (Jan. 24) seeks to streamline infrastructure projects that matter the most to the United States.
- “Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal” (Jan. 20) seeks to undo former president’s signature healthcare law aka Obamacare.
- “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” is Trump’s freshest executive action (Jan. 30). The POTUS imposed a new highly-controversial rule for federal agencies to ditch two old regulations for every new regulation. The directive is part of a larger plan to deregulate government affairs.
- And last but not least is the “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees” (Jan. 28) which bars former administration officials from lobbying the White House for five years after they left office. The move stems from Trump’s campaign pledge to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington. It is a widely-spread practice for former public officials to land on the boards of various companies or groups after they leave office and use their ties to lobby the government on their behalf. In addition, the executive order places a lifetime ban on lobbying coming from foreign entities, including states.
So far, the new POTUS has been very prolific with his executive actions. However, it remains to be seen whether Trump will outdo former president Harry S. Truman’s whopping 907 executive orders at the end of the presidency.
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