Status of OFCCP-Related Executive Orders Under the Trump Administration

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 4, 2017

President Donald Trump's administration sent the same unyielding diplomatic message on multiple fronts Wednesday, making it clear that the president and his team are using the same blunt talk with world leaders that he used a year ago to rally crowds on the campaign trail.

Trump actually signed one fewer than Barack Obama at this point in his presidency.

Republican candidate Donald J. Trump finally assumed his position as the United States of America's (U.S.A.) 45 president on January 20 and he has been busy signing Executive Orders in his first week in the White House.

When President Trump signed his first order to ease what he labels the "burdens of the Affordable Care Act", he ultimately laid down a vague procedure set to disassemble the law with no set plan on how to replace it.

President Truman issued nearly 1,000 executive orders. "But for President Trump to sign this order on International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an insult to the memories of the Jewish refugees who were murdered when too few nations stepped up to shelter them". "[It's like saying] 'these are the priorities of the last president. So I would say, it's up to Mitch, but I would say, 'Go for it'"'. "We don't. We want to talk about the Muslim ban, or defunded women's reproductive services, policies that matter to people".

This is nearly entirely due to President Trump's extreme use of executive power, which, since his inauguration, includes the reinstatement of the Mexico City policy, fully constructing the Dakota Access pipeline and Keystone XL pipeline and starting the first phase of building a wall on the border of Mexico.

Also interestingly, it seems that Trump's transition team didn't even write many of their own executive orders.

In another example of the change of tone in US diplomacy, a transcript obtained by The Associated Press revealed that Trump threatened in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart to send USA troops to stop "bad hombres down there" unless the Mexican military does more to control them.

Finally there's Trump's infamous Muslim Ban. The order states that the Department of the State, Homeland Security and the director of national intelligence will compile a list of countries that do not have sufficient vetting standards during the 90-day-period. "If you attack one, you attack all of us". "My understanding of that not being a lawyer is that there are parts of the Immigration and Nationality Act that forbid bans on entry by nationality". And some Trump supporters do believe that one way to make the lives of working class Americans better is to end so-called illegal immigration. It also suspends the Visa Interview Program, which allowed people to skip the interview process when renewing their visas.

"Harry Truman issued about 116 executive orders per year, which is more like the pace than Trump is on if he continues his current schedule", notes McLennan.

The concept of an executive order is often misunderstood as something like a royal edict - a law passed down from on high by a ruler to the people below. At the event Washington Archdioceses Cardinal Wuerl said, "While we are very aware of the need for security, we also very much recognize that can not be at the cost of a failure to recognize the needs of people being persecuted". They want to repeal Obamacare and overhaul the tax code. "The president can't just wish it away".

During his campaign, Trump insisted that Mexico would help pay for the wall, but the Mexican president has repudiated any financial responsibility. "The orders and memoranda, along with orders reviving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, are likely to divide Americans rather than unite them - if it's possible to divide them more than they are". Trump's orders have been edited, but just slightly. In a startling combative response, White House spokesman Sean Spicer challenged those opposed to the measure to resign. "Trump has signed orders called "minimizing the economic burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act pending repeal", "expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects", "enhancing public safety in the interior of the USA", "border security and immigration enforcement improvements", "protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the US", ethics commitments by executive branch employees", and "reducing regulation and controlling regulatory costs".

When you don't follow the boss' directions you tend to get fired.

In phone calls with key European leaders, Trump is said to have described his plans for confronting the Islamic State group with the same hard-charging but vague rhetoric he used in the campaign, promising strong, but unspecified action.

Eight days in, Gallup's tracking poll found a majority of Americans disapproved of Trump's performance, the fastest any president has reached 51 percent disapproval since Gallup began tracking it in 1945.

He also had disparaging words for all foes who he decided were deserving of such, while, at the same time, overcoming all of his political and public shortcomings, which would certainly have failed other candidates doing the same things.

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