Here’s Every Action Trump Took In His Second Week As POTUS
It’s only been two weeks? It sure has felt like much longer. A lot has changed since Donald Trump took the oath of office. From the controversial Muslim immigration ban to his current effort to roll back Dodd-Frank, President Trump has been making moves.
Since Trump can sometimes be hard to follow, we’ve decided to make tracking Trump’s unprecedented, or in his words “unpresidented,” presidency a weekly segment at Rantt.
In his second week, Trump signed 7 executive actions (3 executive orders and 3 memorandums). The smaller amount of executive actions is in no way indicative of how busy this week was.
Here is every action President Trump, and his administration, took during his second week as President of the United States:
Second Weekend (Jan 28–29)
- President Trump signed a memorandum on Saturday reorganizing the National Security Council (NSC). The NSC consists of staff within the White House that coordinates foreign policy and national security matters with the President and outside departments like the Department of State and Defense. In this order, he elevated his Chief Strategist Steve Bannon to a position on its Principals Committee, making him one of the most powerful men in Washington.
- President Trump signed an executive order on Saturday creating a 5 year lobbying ban for members of his administration after their government service is complete
- President Trump signed a memorandum on Saturday ordering the National Security and Homeland Security councils to produce a new plan to defeat ISIS within 30 days
- On Sunday, a Trump-approved military raid in Yemen resulted in the death of one SEAL Team 6 member and the 8 year old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, the former leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
- After two days of protesting and people being unlawfully detained at airports, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly released a statement reversing part of the the Muslim travel ban executive order. Permanent residents, including green card holders, who were from one of the seven muslim nations outlined in the executive order, were now allowed to enter the United States
Second Week (Jan 30–Feb 3)
Monday, Jan 30
- After acting Attorney General Sally Yates refused to enforce President Trump’s Muslim travel ban, because she was not “convinced that the Executive Order is lawful,” Trump fired her
- President Trump signed an executive order outlining that “for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination”
Tuesday, Jan 31
- President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court
Wednesday, Feb 1
- The former CEO of Exxon, Rex W. Tillerson, was confirmed by the Senate on a 56-to-43 vote. He was later sworn in as the 69th Secretary of State
- The Trump administration put “Iran on notice” in a response to an Iranian missile test. They provided no details at the time as to any further action that would be taken
Two reports dropped, exposing President Trump’s phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia:
- After Trump took to Twitter last Thursday, declaring that if Mexico wouldn’t agree to pay for his border wall then they should cancel their upcoming meeting, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto did just that. The day after the cancelation, the two had an hour long phone call where Trump reportedly told Nieto:
“You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”
- On Saturday, President Trump spoke to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The Washington Post reported that Trump berated Turnbull, bragged about his electoral college win, and abruptly ended the phone call. At one point he told Turnbull “this was the worst call by far.” He also shared his thoughts on the refugee agreement between the two nations:
“This is the worst deal ever,” Trump fumed as Turnbull attempted to confirm that the United States would honor its pledge to take in 1,250 refugees from an Australian detention center.
Trump, who one day earlier had signed an executive order temporarily barring the admission of refugees, complained that he was “going to get killed” politically and accused Australia of seeking to export the “next Boston bombers.”
Thursday, Feb 2
- The U.S. Treasury Department eased economic sanctions on Russia, “allowing some cyber-security transactions with the Russian Federal Security Service accused of meddling in the U.S. electoral process”
- The Trump administration issued a statement urging the Israeli government not to expand the construction of Jewish settlements beyond their current borders in the West Bank
- Representing the Trump Administration, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley stated at the United Nations that the US “would not lift sanctions against Russia until it stopped destabilizing Ukraine and pulled troops out of Crimea”
Friday, Feb 3
- President Trump signed an executive order beginning the process to scale back the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory framework which was created in response to the housing crisis. What he signed today orders the Secretary of the Treasury, yet to be confirmed Steve Mnuchin (a man who profited from the housing crisis), to meet with various agencies and produce a formal review of the regulations created under Dodd-Frank within 120 days
- President Trump signed a memorandum seeking to roll back and review the fiduciary standard for financial advisors. This rule was set up, as a Forbes contributor notes, to:
“Make sure that, if you hired a financial advisor to help with your retirement planning and assets, the financial advisor acted in your best interest, avoided conflicts of interest when possible, and was transparent with you about his or her compensation and fees.”
- After “putting Iran on notice” earlier in the week, the Trump administration imposed new sanctions on Iran
Although President Donald Trump signed only half as many executive actions as he did last week, he nominated a Supreme Court Justice, dabbled in foreign policy, and some in his administration began to consolidate power. Things are changing rapidly, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.