This past week has marked a landmark in executive orders. Trump is fulfilling many of his campaign promises and has signed a number of executive actions. In total , he signed five executive orders and eight presidential memorandums this past week.
Here is the breakdown:
INAUGURATION DAY (3 executive orders)
- General James “Mad Dog” Mattis confirmation and signing him into office as Secretary of Defense.
- John Kelly appointed to office as Secretary of Homeland Security.
- Rolling back Obamacare by “minimizing the economic burden of the patient protection and Affordable Care Act pending appeal”.
MONDAY (3 presidential memorandums)
- United States withdrawal from the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) negotiations.
- Hiring freeze for federal workers, except the military.
- Reinstated the Mexico City Policy that prohibits federal funding to non-governmental organizations that promote or perform abortions. This was a policy revoked by every Democratic president only reinstated by their Republican successor since initially introduced by Ronald Reagan in 1984.
TUESDAY (1 executive order/ 4 presidential memorandums)
- Expediting environmental reviews and approvals for infrastructure projects.
- Advancing the Keystone XL Pipeline.
- Advancing the Dakota Access Pipeline.
- Instructions to commerce to “submit a report recommending how best to streamline manufacturing permitting” and “to reach out to manufacturers and the public to identify regulations that are hurting them from moving forward.”
- Commerce Secretary is to lead a study into building the Keystone XL and Dakota Access and future pipelines with steel, pipes and other materials only made in the USA.
WEDNESDAY (2 executive orders) – See Building the Wall
- Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements– Direct federal funding to the Department of Homeland Security to begin building “the wall” along the southern most border of the U.S.
- Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States – Removal of illegal immigrants convicted of a criminal offense and stipping federal grant monies from “sanctuary cities” who defy federal immigration laws to protect illegal immigrants.
The first executive order also provides mandates to repair existing areas of fencing along the frontier between the US and Mexico. It will also increase staff at Customs and Border Protection by 5,000 to help stop the flood of migrants fleeing violence in Central America.
The second executive order directly relates to illegals with criminal offenses where the charge hasn’t been resolved and committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense or is “in the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security.”
THURSDAY (No presidential directives)
On Thursday, he delayed an executive order concerning voter fraud claims. He declared a State of Emergency for the State of Georgia hit by storms. Other duties that he performed that day includes cancelling a joint meeting with Mexcian President Enrique Peña Nieto, he named Kristine Svinicki chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, he named veteran energy regulator Cheryl LaFleur as acting chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and signed his first presidential proclamation, declaring this week “National School Choice Week.”
FRIDAY (1 executive order/1 presidential memorandum)
- Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States
The last executive order he signed in his first week of office included his “extreme vetting directive”. It suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days and immigration from countries with ties to terror, including Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya, for a period of 90 days.
“I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I have determined that sufficient changes have been made to the USRAP to ensure that admission of Syrian refugees is consistent with the national interest.” It also halts the issuing of visas and other immigration benefits to people from countries of “particular concern” and caps the entry of refugees in 2017 at 50,000.
“Upon the resumption of USRAP admissions,” priority will be given to refugees fleeing from religious-based persecution, “provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.”
- Rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces
Trump signed the memorandum for the defense secretary and the Office of Management and Budget director to conduct several reviews aimed at rebuilding U.S. Armed Forces.