The Complete Guide to President Trump’s Executive Actions

The Complete Guide to President Trump’s Executive Actions

In his first 11 days, President Trump has signed more executive actions than any president in history. Find each one outlined without bias, below.

Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal

The President’s first executive action was as much a letter of intent as it was the birth of a new policy. The order directed federal agencies to give states, insurance companies and consumers the maximum amount of flexibility in complying with the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” It also declared an intent to repeal and replace the act by an unspecified date.

Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement
President Trump’s executive actions have dominated headlines since Inauguration Day.

President Trump’s executive actions have dominated headlines since Inauguration Day.

President Trump signed an order to remove the United States from this 12-state trade agreement with countries in the Pacific Rim. Strongly supported by President Obama, the agreement was likewise opposed by well-known figures on both sides of the aisle.

Mexico City Policy

Also known as the global gag rule, this policy restricts the use of federal funds to support organizations that encourage abortion. Rescinded during the Obama tenure, the reinstatement of this policy resulted in the Women’s March on Washington.

Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline

The project is a 1,179-mile cross-border energy pipeline stretching from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska, USA. The Obama administration had refused the proposal citing the potential for environmental degradation in the event of a leak. The Trump administration has supported the pipeline citing the potential for job creation and cheaper energy.

Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

This 1,172-mile energy pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois was met with heated protests from indigenous groups and environmentalists culminating in the Standing Rock Protest. President Trump has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review and approve the pipeline in an expedited manner.

Construction of Pipelines with American Steel

President Trump has ordered the Secretary of Commerce to review ways to mandate the use of American steel in all future pipeline projects.

Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects

This order sets up a new procedure for fast-tracking infrastructure projects. Any governor or cabinet secretary can ask the chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality to designate their project as high-priority, and if approved the proposal goes immediately to the front of the line.

Streamlining, Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing

This order asks the secretary of Commerce to streamline manufacturing regulations so that domestic projects can commence quicker.

Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
President Trump now holds the record for most executive actions in the shortest amount of time, breaking the previous record held by President Obama.

President Trump now holds the record for most executive actions in the shortest amount of time, breaking the previous record held by President Obama.

“Build the wall” was the rallying cry of many Trump supporters during the election cycle. This is their order, one that directs the Customs and Border Patrol to secure the southern border with the immediate construction of a physical wall. The order also calls for the hiring of an additional 5,000 border agents. The order does not specify in what manner the wall is to be built.

Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

This order cuts off federal funding to “sanctuary cities,” or cities that have laws in place to support, shelter and protect illegal immigrants that meet certain criteria.

Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States

This order declares a ban on entry for people coming from seven countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – for a period of 90 days. The order was blocked by federal judge James Robart and its legality remains in limbo.

Rebuilding the US Armed Forces

This order requires the Pentagon and Office of Management and Budget to devise a plan for bolstering military capabilities including a review of nuclear defense.

Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Employees

This order imposes a lifetime ban on administration officials lobbying foreign governments.

Plan to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

This order gives the Secretary of Defense 30 days to develop a plan for defeating the Islamic State in totality.

Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

This order requires agencies to rescind two existing regulations for every one new regulation they impose. President Trump has also administered an annual quota of regulations that all federal agencies must not exceed.

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