Since taking office President Donald Trump has signed a slew of executive orders (EO), citizens and politicians alike are feeling overwhelmed. Some think the president is using these directives to divert attention from his real intentions. Others question his ability to run the United States.
As expected, Trump did not quit using Twitter as an outlet for his tantrums and demeaning others. What makes the president’s actions worse, is that the entire world is watching America and Americans unravel.
Logic dictates that any person who is beginning a new job refrain from jumping in feet first. This is particularly the case for President Trump. A more efficient manner would be to observe, ask questions, and tackle small tasks. Primarily, one should be trained before making significant changes.
Trump has been in office for 15 days and has signed so many directives that statisticians are behind in their tallies. Moreover, the legalese with which they are written makes it difficult for laypersons to comprehend.
Below is an extremely short list of the orders provided by The University of California; The American Presidency Project:
- EO No. 13765 – Minimizing The Economic Burden Of The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal
- EO No. 13766 – Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High-Priority Infrastructure Projects
- EO No. 13767 – Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
- EO No. 13768 – Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
- Unnumbered EO – Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
- Unnumbered EO – Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees
- Unnumbered EO – Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs
Every president, even George Washington, issues executive orders. Franklin D. Roosevelt averaged 312 per year over his 12 years in office. Barrack Obama’s average each year was 35, which is one less than George W. Bush.
At the rate Trump is going he may break the record set by Roosevelt.
Facebook Members Respond
If ABC News 7 Bay Area’s Facebook page is any indication, the feelings and opinions are extremely varied.
Here is someone who thinks Trump walks on water:
GOD BLESS DONALD TRUMP. He is the only true president we will have or that we have had in a long time. – Mary Reid
Now, a person on the other end of the spectrum:
This orange clown thinks that he still in reality television!!! Whether you support him or [are] against him he will raise our taxes to pay for his wall! If you were around in the 1940’S then you know what dark era we were in….. It seems like it’s happening again for the new generations to […] witness. – Lori Ch
Lastly, one that brings everything into a rational perspective:
Obama uses executive orders: Democrats happy, Republicans crying. Trump uses executive orders: Republicans happy, Democrats crying. – Adam Bunch
Advisors Complain About President Trump’s Behavior
In an email blast, Huffington Post’s Sam Stein poses a question then provides the answer: “What is your tolerance for pain? Whatever it is, Donald Trump is pretty sure that his is higher.”
Apparently, White House staffers, in particular, Trump’s advisors mimic Stein’s opinion. They have suggested a good way avoid his tantrums on Twitter is to cancel his account or taking away his phone. One solution is to have him tone down the rhetoric causing unrest in the country. All of the suggestions they have made were dismissed by Trump.
People Were Warned During Trump’s Campaign
It is not surprising to anyone with a modicum of intelligence that the ex-reality star craves and thrives on attention. In fact, personality experts contend Trump is narcissistic, so much so, that he might retaliate with more than nasty tweets.
People were warned during the campaign that he was a petulant child-man. They wholeheartedly contended he would be better after he won the election. The past two weeks since President Trump took his oath to office has revealed the man the world saw during his rallies last year.
Opinion by Cathy Milne
The University of California: The American Presidency Project
The Huffington Post: Donald Trump Thinks He Can Endure More Controversy And Pain Than You
The New York Times: Trump’s Impulses Now Carry the Force of the Presidency
Washington Post: The leaks coming out of the Trump White House cast the president as a clueless child
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