3. The do-over
Trump insists the first executive order rollout went marvelously. Most others — with some notable exceptions like senior policy adviser Stephen Miller — think it was a flop.
Either way, it's clear White House officials are trying to get it right this week, rolling out a new executive order with more prep and agency-level input.
They're doing three things they should have done the first time around:
- Seeking broader legal input on how to craft the order so it can't be easily stopped by the courts.
- Letting the public know it's coming. Trump broke the news a week ago, and it's been discussed at length ever since.
- Working more openly with Congress so members aren't blinded-sided.
But, but, but ... We hear paranoid White House officials continue to keep the specifics secret, fearful of last-minute pushback.