Jan 22, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Trump's first round of executive orders

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

One of the best-wired Republican lobbyists in town emails Axios previewing the initial phase of Trump executive actions:

  • Look for a possible hiring freeze at executive branch
  • 5-year lobbying ban on transition and administration officials
  • Mexico City policy, which prevents foreign NGOs from getting U.S. family planning money if they provide abortions with non-U.S. funds. (It's already illegal to use U.S dollars on abortions.)
  • Task the Defense Secretary and joint chiefs to come up with plan to eviscerate ISIS
  • Report on readiness, and something cyber security related
  • Border/immigration: Something on sanctuary cities, expand E-Verify, an extreme vetting proposal
  • Trade: Withdraw from TPP and a thorough review of NAFTA

What else we're hearing: The Mexico City executive order could come as soon as today. Also, watch for dozens of EPA executive orders coming down the pike. Says a Trump source: "EPA has clean water-related and some 30,000 foot regulatory ones lined up [immediately]...We have dozens for the EPA...Starting Monday through the month of February. We have to roll them out gradually."

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