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Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Trump wasted no time in starting to undo the Obama legacy. Here's a comparison of what the two presidents did at the start of their administrations, and what Trump is doing to erase his predecessor.

Trigger happy?

Obama: Set a then-record with 9 executive actions in the first 10 days of his presidency, although he ended up with fewer executive orders per year since Grover Cleveland.

Trump: Set a new record with 12 executive actions after just three days.

Transparency

Obama: One of his first actions as President was to set ethical guidelines for government agencies to boost transparency, noting that, "transparency and rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency." That legacy is still up for debate.

Trump: Within the first three days of his presidency, the administration instructed the EPA not to share reports on social media or with the press. He also gave similar gag orders to the USDA and HHS. However, the gag order may only be in effect until the secretaries are confirmed, and USDA has already rescinded theirs.

Torture

Obama: On his third day he banned the CIA's torture practices and began an effort to close Guantanamo prison.

Trump: On his third day a draft of an executive order surfaced, calling for the reopening of the CIA's "black site" prisons and the use of Gitmo for "the detention and trial of newly captured" detainees. No final order yet.

Abortion

Obama: On January 23, 2009, he got rid of the Mexico City policy, which prohibited Federal funding from going toward non-federal agencies that provide for abortions.

Trump: On January 23, 2017, Trump reinstated that order.

Immigration

Obama: Toward the end of his presidency, he signed his DACA executive order, which protected young children brought into the country — "Dreamers" — from deportation, as well as their parents.

Trump: He hasn't decided what to do about the DACA program, but he has already signed two executive orders, which will ramp up border security (the wall) and has suspended some travel from 7 countries.

Economy

Obama: In 2010 Obama signed the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law, which was designed to curb the financial excesses that caused the 2008 financial crisis.

Trump: Trump signed an executive action on Friday that calls for a review of the Dodd-Frank regulations, which he promised to repeal during his campaign.

"We expect to be cutting a lot out of Dodd-Frank because frankly, I have so many people, friends of mine that had nice businesses, they can't borrow money. They just can't get any money because the banks just won't let them borrow it because of the rules and regulations in Dodd-Frank." — Donald Trump to business leaders yesterday

Go deeper

Using apps to prevent deadly police encounters

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Mobile phone apps are evolving in ways that can stop rather than simply document deadly police encounters with people of color — including notifying family and lawyers about potential violations in real time.

Why it matters: As states and cities face pressure to reform excessive force policies, apps that monitor police are becoming more interactive, gathering evidence against rogue officers as well as posting social media videos to shame the agencies.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
11 hours ago - Technology

TikTok gets more time (again)

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The White House is again giving TikTok's Chinese parent company more to satisfy national security concerns, rather than initiating legal action, a source familiar with the situation tells Axios.

The state of play: China's ByteDance had until Friday to resolve issues raised by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), which is chaired by Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin. This was the company's third deadline, with CFIUS having provided two earlier extensions.

Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA

DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children a chance to petition for protection from deportation.

Why it matters: DACA was implemented under former President Obama, but President Trump has sought to undo the program since taking office. Friday’s ruling will require Department of Homeland Security officers to begin accepting applications starting Monday and guarantee that work permits are valid for two years.