There’s been a lot of speculation surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Trump. What will he say in his speech? What celebrities will or won’t perform? How will security unfold with all of the protests planned? Which members of Congress are planning to boycott the event?
What hasn’t been getting quite as much attention is what Donald Trump is going to do on his first official day in office. However, if his transition team is to be believed, Trump is planning on hitting the ground running.
From the Washington Examiner:
President-elect Trump is expected to issue four to five executive orders as soon as he enters the White House on Friday, according to his transition team.
“He’s got a few of them, probably in the area of four to five, that we’re looking at on Friday,” incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at the Trump transition headquarters in Washington on Wednesday.As to what the content of those executive orders might be, here’s a little hint: Trump has previously said he intends to undo all of President Obama’s immigration-related executive orders, in addition to reversing certain climate regulations imposed by the current administration. The incoming Republican president could also take steps to begin dismantling the Affordable Care Act on his first day in office.
While the inauguration is a a spectacle, a time to celebrate the American tradition of peacefully transferring power, it’s also a time for a president to set the tone for their administration. After eight years of disastrous policies, it appears Trump is going to set the country on a brand new course within hours of taking the oath of office.
While a lot of Donald Trump’s agenda, such as fully repealing and replacing Obamacare, strengthening our border, and revamping the tax system will require working with Congress, other items on his to-do list can be done with the stroke of a pen. Unlike legislation, executive orders signed under a president can be repealed by the next president without having to go through congress. Moreover, crucial elements of the enforcement of Obamacare were put in place by executive order, meaning Trump can start the process of dismantling the law immediately.
There’s been no official word on exactly what executive orders Trump plans to sign on the first day, but if his past statements on the matter are any indication, we can expect he has some great ideas up his sleeve.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]