Trump's debut: What got done
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Although there were plenty of distractions, Trump had a fairly active week 1. He was the get-it-done businessman his supporters want to see. He took steps toward several of his biggest campaign promises and crushed Obama's previous record for number of executive actions in the first week.
What got done (click on the links for more Axios-style details):
- Day 1, told the government to buckle up for repeal and replace of Obamacare.
- Ordered a hiring freeze for the federal government, excluding military and the VA.
- Ditched the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
- Cut off federal funding to foreign charities that provide abortions.
- Called for a cut in manufacturing regulations.
- Dakota Access Pipeline's a go, and so is the Keystone Pipeline. Construction on both pipelines was halted at the end of Obama's administration.He included a guideline that pipelines use only U.S. labor and materials.
- The wall's gonna get built — and there are ideas on how to make Mexico pay for it.
- Told the deportation forces to make some hires and enforce the law.
- Ordered an end to "catch and release" and sanctuary cities.
- Signed an action to start some kind of extreme vetting
- Told the Pentagon to build up the military. (He didn't offer much more detail than that.)
- Held a meeting with CEOs.
- Took a ride in Air Force One.
- Called the Mexican President, despite a cancelled meeting.
- And even knocked out some diplomacy, meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May.