In case anyone is keeping score, Trump has filed 18 executive orders/memos within his first twelve days in office. That’s 18 shots, in case anyone’s playing a drinking game (although, I don’t recommend it).
Now, let’s compare. In Obama’s first twelve days in office, he issued 19 executive orders so it’s a pretty set standard; what makes it ironic is that Trump has notoriously tweeted about how many executive order’s Obama had made. Now, the majority of these seem to be reverse policies from previous candidates; essentially, undoing what Obama had done. Obama did the same thing for Bush’s administration and Bush for Clinton. It’s a never ending cycle and it’s bound to happen. The ‘Mexico City’ policy, for example, that withholds US funding for global abortions, has been revoked and re-administered every time there was a party change in the White House since the Reagan-era when it was first initiated.
Regardless of who spit-balled more executive orders within their first 12 days, Trump’s decisions have had a much more significant impact causing protests not just from inside the country, but from around the world, as well.Donald Trump officially signed seven executive orders (the remaining of the 18 simply being memos).
The most notorious would be the ‘not a muslim ban’ muslim ban that bars immigrants and refugees for 120 days from the following terror hot-spot countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan.
Now, according to NPR, not one of the countries mentioned above were responsible for any terrorist attack for over two decades (nope, not even 9/11). Notable radicalized Islamic terrorists that have knowingly committed attacks against the U.S hail from: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan.The Orlando Pulse night club shooter, Omar Mateen, is actually a U.S. citizen whose parents were born in Afghanistan, another country not on the ban list.
Essentially, this is a ban of refugees which has the entire world up in chaos. Acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, who was a leftover from the Obama Administration, was terminated after sending a letter to reporters stating that she questioned the legality of the law and would not support Trump’s decision. A White House statement called the act a betrayal claiming she was weak on borders and even moreso on immigration.
Other orders included a hiring freeze for government agencies (therefore, if you were hoping to apply for the F.B.I. this semester, you might have to wait a while) as well as lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a government. The order also issued a 5-year wait between the regular official to lobby position (source: Foxnews).
The border wall was, of course, one of Trump’s first executive orders to enable the construction of the infamous border wall as well as increase funding to border security. Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto claims he rejects the bill and recently canceled his visit to Washington to speak with Trump.
Hopefully, Trump will announce a budget proposal regarding the wall and how he will intend to pay it should Mexico refuse (which is likely). Taxpayer dollars may be skyrocketing any day now.