Trump using executive orders at unprecedented pace–71GH.,B12-1
President Trump signed the 30th executive order of his presidency on Friday, capping off a whirlwind period that produced more orders in his first 100 days than for any president since Harry Truman. The rash of executive orders underlines Trump’s focus on reversing as much of the Obama administration’s policy agenda as he can, even as the new administration struggles to find legislative victories in Congress.
It fits Trump’s showman persona, as well: signing ceremonies for his orders are often in the Oval Office or in a well-furnished executive building, and see the president surrounded by administration officials, members of Congress or everyday Americans who, Trump says, he’s trying to help.
Trump and his aides have touted the orders as they have put a shine on his first 100 days in office. “No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days,” Trump declared earlier this month at a Kenosha, Wis., event.
“When you look at the totality of what we’ve accomplished on job creation, on immigration, on trade, it is unbelievable what he has been able to do,” press secretary Sean Spicer said earlier this week. “When you think about what he started — he’ll move forward on tax reform, healthcare, on immigration, on trade — it’s been a hugely successful first 100 days.”
Trump’s ban on travel to the United States by people several predominantly Muslim nations has been stopped twice by the courts, to Trump’s consternation. A directive to take away funding from sanctuary cities was also blocked by a federal judge.
“Executive orders sort of came about more recently. Nobody ever heard of an executive order, then all of a sudden Obama — because he couldn’t get anybody to agree with him — he starts signing them like they’re butter, so I want to do away with executive orders for the most part.”
Trump’s orders span industries and policy areas, from his inauguration day order on the Affordable Care Act to immigration, education and financial services.
No sector has drawn as much of the Trump administration’s attention than energy and the environment.
Trump signed an order in March aiming to undo President Obama’s entire climate change agenda, including a cornerstone regulation on greenhouse gas emissions. He’s also signed orders to reconsider fuel standards for vehicles, review monument designations he says stifle energy development and begin the process of advancing oil drilling in the Arctic.
source–the hill, devin henry, tim cama