Trump Update


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President Donald Trump during a campaign rally Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Melbourne, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

The 45th President, Donald J. Trump, has only been in office for about a month, but he’s accomplished a lot in that time.
Within hours of his inauguration, Trump took his first step toward appealing the Affordable Care Act, signing an executive order calling on government agencies to “ease the burden” of the policy.
Trump asked federal agencies to “prepare to afford the states more flexibility and control to create a freer and open healthcare market.”
He signed a presidential memorandum withdrawing the United States from the trade deal with Asia. The pact has been criticized by people skeptical of its benefits and worried over its potential to kill U.S. jobs. Proponents of the deal worry that pulling out could harm relations with key allies in the region.
President Trump signed an executive order to strip federal grant money from so-called “sanctuary cities” — U.S. municipalities that protect undocumented immigrants from federal prosecution. Trump’s order also seeks to hire 10,000 additional immigration officers, build more detention centers and prioritize immigrants for deportation.
He also signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prepare for immediate action on building on a wall on the U.S. Mexico border- a controversial project that was at the center of his presidential campaign.
Trump signed an executive order to provide new resources and equipment to strengthen the U.S. military. The order promises to rebuild American armed forces and upgrade national and global security as part of a strategy that dictates peace through strength.
He has called for more intensive security checks for foreign nationals seeking U.S. travel visas as well as adding Steve Bannon to the National Security Council.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the CIA was added to Trump’s National Security Council — something that wasn’t done by former President Barack Obama due to the creation of the national intelligence director post in 2005.
He ordered the Labor Department to review a rule from former President Barack Obama requiring financial managers to act in their clients’ best interests when handling retirement accounts.
Trump issued an executive order prioritizing efforts to prosecute foreign-based crimes like drug and human trafficking. It calls for stricter enforcement of laws already on the books and efforts to identify, interdict, disrupt, and dismantle transnational criminal organizations.
An executive order to ease U.S. fiscal regulations in the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 — which was a response to the financial crisis and Great Recession that Trump’s administration called “overreaching” was signed.
President Trump ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to create a new federal task force to share information among agencies, develop strategies, identify deficiencies in current laws, evaluate criminal data and make recommendations for greater safety of U.S. citizens.
He signed House Joint Resolution 38, which scraps an Obama administration environmental rule to protect waterways from coal mining waste. Trump’s administration said the rule puts mining companies at a competitive disadvantage.
President Donald Trump has done a number of things to start off his presidency with big change, and will continue to keep signing and enforcing more orders for as long as the rest of his presidency.