One week after taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump moved at a rapid pace to reshape the direction of the federal government. He signed numerous Executive Orders to change American policy, all of which were televised live and posted at http://www.Whitehouse.gov.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said of Trump’s first week, “There is Washington speed and then there is Trump speed. Washington has never seen the likes of President Donald Trump.” Here are some of the notable Executive Orders signed in the first week:
Citing a 17% increase in federal employees since President Bill Clinton left office in 2001, President Trump declared a freeze on federal hiring. What that means is the federal vacancies caused by retirements and resignations will not be filled. The freeze does not impact military positions.
President Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership. He supports bilateral trade agreements between the United States and one other trading partner. Disputes in multi-lateral trade agreements are addressed by international arbiters, who often don’t share America’s best interests.
The Keystone-XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline were green-lighted. Both 1100-mile projects will pipe crude oil to American refineries and ports near the Gulf Coast. Trump also issued an Executive Order to build the pipelines with American steel.
President Trump authorized the construction of the border wall between the United States and Mexico. The wall was authorized in the 2006 Secure Fence Act. The law was never fully implemented by Presidents Bush and Obama. The order also pledged to enforce existing immigration laws, stating, “Aliens who illegally enter the United States without inspection or admission present a significant threat for national security and public safety.”
Trump’s first week also included a meeting and press conference with United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May. Both leaders declared the historic diplomatic, military and economic bonds shared by the two English-speaking nations.