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Examining President Trump’s Use Of Executive Orders Compared To Previous Presidents

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Ted Goodman Contributor
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President Donald Trump has issued 12 executive orders in his first three weeks as president, immediately fulfilling a series of campaign promises made throughout the year and a half presidential campaign.

Former President Barack Obama had issued 14 executive orders by the end of his third week, two more than Trump. President George W. Bush only signed two executive orders in his first three weeks, according to the National Archives.

Incoming presidents will use executive actions to meet campaign promises early on in their term, or to eliminate policies of the previous administration.

Immediately after his inauguration, the president signed an executive order to ease the “regulatory burdens” of Obamacare. Since then, the president has issued executive actions that put in place a federal government hiring-freeze, officially withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific partnership and two orders reviving the Keystone XL pipeline.

The president also signed a controversial order imposing a 120-day suspension of the refugee program and a 90-day travel ban on citizens in seven countries identified as a terrorist hot spots.

An executive order is a type of written instruction that a president uses to advance policy goals through the executive branch, as described by the Heritage Foundation.

Trump voters have given the president high marks for his first few weeks in office, with a part of that approval due to his action on campaign promises.

Trump said he was going to repeal and replace Obamacare as central part of his campaign. The president followed through on his promise about an hour into his term, signing the executive order from inside the capitol Jan. 20.

The Number Of Executive Orders:

Carter: 320

Reagan: 381

Bush: 166

Clinton: 364

Bush: 291

Obama: 276

According to the Daily Signal, which compiled data from the National Archives, President Franklin Roosevelt issued the most executive orders, with 3,721 over the course of his almost four terms in office.

Some have criticized the president for his use of executive actions, charges that conservatives also leveled against Obama.

The president has recently focused his executive orders on his promise to “make America safe again.” The president signed three new orders after the swearing-in of Attorney General Jeff Sessions Feb. 9, which directs Sessions to establish a new task force on “Crime Reduction and Public Safety.”

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