Barack Obama has been thoroughly criticized during his administration for his liberal use of executive orders in attempting to achieve certain goals (the most controversial pertaining to gun control and immigration).
He may have been introduced as “President Barack Obama” at the inauguration, but he is now part of that group known as the “former presidents,” and it is time for a new leader. President Trump has a number of executive orders of his own prepared for his first day in office today.
As Reuters reports:
Trump is preparing to sign executive actions on his first day in the White House on Friday to take the opening steps to crack down on immigration, build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border and roll back outgoing President Barack Obama’s policies.
Trump’s advisers vetted more than 200 potential executive orders for him to consider signing on healthcare, climate policy, immigration, energy and numerous other issues, but it was not clear how many orders he would initially approve, according to a member of the Trump transition team who was not authorized to talk to the press.
Trump is expected to impose a federal hiring freeze and take steps to delay a Labor Department rule due to take effect in April that would require brokers who give retirement advice to put their clients’ best interests first. He also will give official notice he plans to withdraw from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.
Trump is expected to sign an executive order in his first few days to direct the building of a wall on the southern border with Mexico, and actions to limit the entry of asylum seekers from Latin America, among several immigration-related steps his advisers have recommended.
That includes rescinding Obama’s order that allowed more than 700,000 people brought into the United States illegally as children to stay in the country on a two-year authorization to work and attend college, according to several people close to the presidential transition team.
Advisers to Trump expect him to put restrictions on people entering the United States from certain countries until a system for “extreme vetting” for Islamist extremists can be set up. Trump also is expected to extend prohibitions on future lobbying imposed on members of his transition team.
Sounds like a productive first day, no? Only 1461 days more to go — or maybe more?
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]