|The Buzz blog, May 5, 2017|
Of course, it was obvious that many of the orders, proclamations and general activity around the Resolute Desk were for show. As the Los Angeles Times just documented, only a few of the orders actually moved policy, and those that did, were often challenged in the courts. The prime example was the Muslim ban signed the second week in office. But, most are essentially appeals to his own administration to do something, which could have been accomplished with a White House call without handing out pens at a signing ceremony.
The LA Times reports:
- 18 created task forces, councils or committees (one related to voter fraud, another an infrastructure committee)
- 12 admit Congress is needed and only “encourage” or implement to the “extent permitted by law”
- 15 reversed Obama orders, mostly on the environment
- 43 required reports or reviews considered by the agencies as simply encouragement
Trump tends to refer to all of them as “historic” or “groundbreaking.”