What Trump’s (Many) Executive Orders Tell Us About His Administration’s Intentions

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Since the election, it seems like every day the news on both sides of the aisle is the latest trending drama. With the president’s tweets, it can be especially hard to keep track of what real and important actions President Donald Trump has made since the inauguration. In his first 100 days as POTUS, Trump has signed 31 executive orders, more than any president since Truman’s presidency 72 years ago and almost as many as Obama averaged in one year, Business Insider reported. Unlike tweets, these executive orders shows a clear direction of where the administration is pushing the U.S.

Re: Climate Change

Some of Trump’s executive orders have major impacts on climate change, including the pullout from the Paris Climate Agreement. His administration has reviewed and repealed climate initiatives such as reversing the Clean Power Plan that restricted greenhouse gas emissions at power plants, reversing restrictions of offshore drilling and expediting the construction of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines.


Re: Economy

One of Trump’s biggest executive orders regarding the economy was withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

He also signed orders promoting American workers and goods, requiring agencies to review their policies on American-made goods and limiting the use of waivers from the Buy American Act. The order calls to investigate whether aluminum, steel, iron and cement imports and their potential affect on national security.


Re: Reproductive Rights

One of Trump’s first executive orders was to reinstate the Mexico City policy, which prevents non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, abroad from performing or promoting abortion if they are to receive any funds from the U.S, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. 


Re: Immigration

Trump’s actions on immigration have prominently affected countries south of the border and the Middle East. The executive orders signed have directed the secretary of homeland security to begin planning, designing and constructing a wall along the US-Mexico border, Politico reported.

Trump has ordered the hiring of 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and 10,000 additional immigration officers. Federal funding to “sanctuary” cities has also halted.

Trump has also instructed for daily documentation of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities, and the creation of an “Office for Victims of Crimes Committed by Removable Aliens” (of which many people have prank called to report aliens from space).

The “travel ban,” the executive order barring people from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. (which is the revision of the first order that was rescinded accordingly when the new order was signed), also reduced the number of refugees allowed in America.

In Trump’s order to promote American-made goods, he also included a direction for departments to review programs like the H-1B program for skilled foreign workers.

Trump campaigned on many different issues, and some he has stuck to while others he has shown to be more flexible with (like remaining in the NAFTA agreement). While we can spend time every day commenting on whether tweets sound presidential or like they come from a toddler, we shouldn’t forget to pay attention to the actual actions coming from the Oval Office.


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