Pres. Donald Trump takes Day One executive actions
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News January 20, 2017 Updated: 9:31 PM
Shortly after his inauguration President Donald Trump signed an executive order on his first day in office to start a review of Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, as Congress works to repeal and replace it. He has also vowed to pull the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal.
The order, titled "Minimizing The Economic Burden Of The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal," directed the administration to show maximum flexibility in applying the law to states, hospitals, health insurers, patients and, notably, medical device manufacturers.
Vice President Pence swore in Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus ordered government agencies to freeze any regulations that haven't already been published.
During his inauguration speech Trump called for unity, and pledged to put "America First" in every decision. Trump said he would create jobs, tighten immigration control, and rebuild the economy. He finished by calling on people throughout the country to "make America great again."
The White House said under Trump's "America First" policy, the government would pull the US out of the TPP. It said Trump is also determined to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The regulatory freeze memo ordered all agencies to hold off on publishing any regulation until Trump's Cabinet members are confirmed and can sign off on them. The White House may make exceptions for "health, safety, financial, or national security matters."
The Senate approved the appointments of James Mattis as Defense Secretary and John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security.
In his first formal statement as president, Trump thanked the Senate for confirming Mattis and Kelly, and added: "I call on members of the Senate to fulfill their constitutional obligation and swiftly confirm the remainder of my highly qualified cabinet nominees, so that we can get to work on behalf of the American people without further delay.”