Donald Trump has signed more executive actions in two weeks than any other President
The Republican has signed eight orders and 12 memoranda, rolling back progress on minority rights, climate change and financial regulation.
Donald Trump has issued more executive orders and presidential memoranda in his first two weeks than former President Barack Obama – or any President since Franklin Roosevelt.
The Republican has signed eight orders and 12 memoranda so far, which signify one of the highest uses of power that the President has. Mr Obama signed one less – 19 – over the same period. Mr Trump’s number was far higher than George W Bush (4), or Bill Clinton (10) in the first two weeks of office.
Mr Trump tweeted in July 2012 that Mr Obama was flexing his Presidential muscle too much and too early on in his term.
“Why is Barack Obama constantly issuing executive orders that are major power grabs of authority?” he asked.
Ronald Reagan, who Mr Trump has often modelled himself on, did not sign any in the first two weeks in office.
If Mr Trump continues at his present pace, he will sign 1,040 actions this year, which would be almost four times as many as Mr Obama signed throughout his entire time in office.
Both orders and memoranda take immediate effect, the only difference is that a memorandum should be published in the Federal Register to have “general applicability and legal effect”. Neither need approval by Congress.
With each sweep of his pen and photo opportunity, Mr Trump has moved to dismantle laws that Mr Obama instated over his eight years in office.
Mr Trump has worried critics that he is rolling back rights for women, LGBT members, people of colour and is dismissing climate change.
The Republican’s reinstating of the Mexico City Policy, banning aid to foreign organizations that even talk about abortion, his orders to build the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL Pipelines, as well as his request to build the wall along the border, are just three of the 20 orders. He has also ordered a review of all the Obama-era regulations on the financial and investment industry which were put in place after the 2008 credit crisis.