TRUMP – A Year in Oval office – The Might of the Pen – Part 1

A Year in Oval office - Revolution or Not?
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The year 2016 was the year of Revolution in human perception and consciousness. The people spoke and for the first time they had a chance for their voice to be heard all over this planet. They still do! Internet, Social Networks, video platforms , underground media, alternative media, fabulous people, honest journalists, bloggers etc. Wonderful people indeed. People spoke and they had a tool to spread their voice. First thing that happened was BREXIT, The second one was TRUMP and the US Presidential elections of 2016. On January 20, 2017 Donald J. Trump has been inaugurated  as the 45th President of the United States of America.

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The Might of the Pen  – Part 1

On his first day at office President Trump made his first executive order. It was just one of many executive orders, laws, bills and proclamations that US president Trump signed in his first term. Take a look at list bellow and ask yourself these two questions:

  • Is Trump doing what he has promised and is he doing it in favor of United States and its people?
  • Would you like your representatives in our country to do the same for you and your country?

But be objective in answering these questions. It does not matter if you personally like someone or not because often:

“What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.” – Albert Einstein

Full list of all laws/bills and executive orders that has been signed by United States President Donald J. Trump from 20 January 2017 till this day:

January 20, 2017

Executive Order 1 : Minimizing the economic burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act pending repeal
This order empowers all relevant federal agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay” the enforcement of key rules under their jurisdiction relating to the Affordable Care Act that those agencies believe impose financial or regulatory burdens on them or individuals. It also directs agencies to encourage a “free and open market in interstate commerce” when it comes to insurance and care, and provide as much flexibility to individual states as possible.

Senate Bill 84 : A bill to provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces
US President Trump had nominated retired General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as his secretary of defense

Proclamation 1 : Declaring a National Day of Patriotism

Presidential Memorandum 1: Regarding Regulatory Processes for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies
All new agency rules and regulations are heading up the agency or department they pertain to for review. Previously submitted regulations not yet incorporated into the Federal Register—the repository of these rules—have to be withdrawn for review. And those incorporated but not yet enacted need to be suspended for 60 days for review.

January 23

Presidential Memorandum 4: Regarding Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement

Presidential Memorandum 3: Regarding the Federal Hiring Freeze
An indefinite moratorium on hiring new staffers at federal agencies, except those involved in national security functions. This memo is a mean of reducing corruption by shrinking the federal government by attrition.

Presidential Memorandum 2: Reinstituting the “Mexico City” Policy
This Pro life memo prohibits nongovernmental organizations outside of America that receive US federal funding through aid programs from offering abortions or even talking to women or policymakers about abortions.

January 24

Presidential Memorandum 8: To Advance the Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline
Keystone XL pipeline will efficiently transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of Canadian oil into the United States. This order invites the company behind the pipeline, TransCanada Corporation, to resubmit the project application for review and instructs the State Department to rapidly review it—reportedly within the space of 60 days, to the extent that is possible.

Presidential Memorandum 7: To Advance the Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline
The Dakota Access pipeline new order instructs the corps to complete its review and approve a route for the pipeline as quickly as the law permits.

Presidential Memorandum 6: To Promote the Use of Domestic Materials in the Upgrade or Construction of Domestic Pipelines
This memo tells the secretary of commerce to, within 180 days, develop a plan to make sure that domestic materials (specifically iron and steel) are, as often as possible, used. This is a clear support for US manufacturing from the Trump administration.

Executive Order 2: Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects
Trump’s administration telling the individuals in charge of reviewing the environmental impact of infrastructure projects to speed up as much as they can on projects deemed especially important. It is a signal of the Trump administration’s commitment to lessening what it sees as unnecessary, burdensome regulations.

Presidential Memorandum 5: To Expedite the Permit and Review Process for Domestic Manufacturing Projects
Trump administration is calling on relevant authorities to reach out to potential manufacturers and seek public comment on how people would like to see the regulatory process streamlined (i.e. what regulations people want to see cut or reduced), then to issue a report on what can be done or pushed for.

January 25

Executive Order 4: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements (Including Advancing the Construction of a Large Physical Barrier on the Southern Border) 
2006 Secure Fence Act (and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act) gives the Department of Homeland Security the right to build whatever infrastructure it deems necessarily to control the borders. The order instructs the relevant authorities to assess what existing appropriations can be diverted to the project ASAP. It also calls for planning, designing, and building the wall to begin “immediately,” and authorizes border control forces to enter federal lands—which may help them to circumvent some environmental concerns around the wall. Trump also instructs relevant agencies to report to him within 60 days with a breakdown of all federal aid money or assistance the government of Mexico has received from the US each year for the past five years. More broadly, it directs relevant agencies to “deploy all lawful means to secure the Nation’s southern border, to prevent illegal immigration into the United States, and to repatriate aliens swiftly, consistently, and humanely.”

Executive Order 3: Enabling Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
This executive order instructs relevant authorities to review the streams of federal money moving toward “sanctuary cities”—municipalities that, to varying degrees, don’t cooperate with immigration officials in their deportation efforts—and how those funds can be severed in a bid to force compliance with federal immigration policies. Weekly reports will be issued to the public listing criminal acts committed by aliens and detailing jurisdictions that ignored or “failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens.” It also empowers agencies to act with as much legal force as possible to penalize and remove aliens, and eliminates the Priority Enforcement program in favor of restoring the old Secure Communities program. Relevant authorities are told to prioritize deportation of, in this order: criminal offenders, those charged with criminal offenses, those that could be charged, those who have misrepresented themselves, those who have abused public benefits programs, those who have not complied with orders for removal, or anyone else deemed a threat. That’s a lot of potential deportees. The Department of Justice is instructed to provide resources for their prosecution. It establishes an office for advocacy for the victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, which will issue quarterly reports. It also calls for the collection of the immigration status of all incarcerated individuals, and indicates that the government will penalize any foreign nations if they refuse to take back citizens deported from America.

January 26

Proclamation 2: National School Choice Week 2017
Trump administration is inviting parents to “evaluate educational opportunities available for their children” and lawmakers to consider measures to “expand school choice for millions of additional students.” Unfortunately for those who would have liked to think about this stuff.

January 27

Presidential Memorandum 9: Rebuilding the US Armed Forces
The order instructs the Pentagon to review its capabilities and empowers Secretary of Defense James Mattis, alongside the Office of Management and Budget, to review various aspects of military readiness. It also asks the Pentagon to develop a national security strategy.

Executive Order 5: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
This order is establishing “extreme vetting” procedure of refugees and also temporarily halts all immigration from several Muslim-majority countries. It stops all refugee inflow for 120 days; after that, the Department of State and other government agencies will devise unspecified new and better vetting procedures for refugees. Syrian refugees are blocked from coming to the US indefinitely it is “detrimental to the interests of the United States.” The total number of refugees set to come to the US in 2017 is revised downward from 110,000 to 50,000. Citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Sudan are prohibited from entering the US for 90 days—after that, they can only come if their governments share information with the US about those prospective visitors, which some of those countries are unlikely to do for a variety of reasons. It also orders the government to “prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution,” it requires relevant authorities to, once every 180 days, gather and publish information on the number of foreign nationals in America who have been convicted of terroristic offenses, the number and types of gender-based acts of violence committed by foreigners in the nation, and the number of foreigners radicalized in America. Citizens of these countries could be potential terrorists and the Trump administration is working hard to prevent another 9/11.

January 28

Presidential Memorandum 11: Regarding the Development of a Plan to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
This memo instructs relevant agencies to come up with a draft plan within 30 days for defeating ISIS. It also requests the military to reconsider its rules of engagement and identify any restrictions that go beyond international law for how aggressively it might act.

Presidential Memorandum 10: Regarding the Organization of the National Security Council and Homeland Security

Executive Order 6: Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees
This order stipulates that former registered lobbyists appointed to government posts should not within two years do anything related to their old lobbying activities. Those leaving the administration should not become registered lobbyists interacting with the agencies they were once involved with for five years—and not lobby any covered executive branch official for the duration of the Trump administration. No former executive appointee can become a registered lobbyist for a foreign nation for life. No member of the administration should accept gifts from registered lobbyists. Violations can lead to further limits on future lobbying and perhaps to a lawsuit as well, as the oath is construed as contractual.

January 30

Executive Order 7: Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs
There is an incredible amount of redundancy, overlap, and pointlessness in federal regulations. So now whenever a federal agency (exempting the military and national security) recommends a regulation, it cannot (unless granted an exemption in case of an emergency) institute it until it has identified two relations under its purview for elimination. The order also imposes an annual cap on the cost of new regulations—for the rest of fiscal year 2017 that cap will be $0.

January 31

HR 72: GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017 
This law affirms that the Government Accountability Office—the federal government’s internal auditor—has the right to obtain whatever agency records it deems necessary for an investigation. To enforce this, the GAO is empowered to take civil actions against recalcitrant agencies. It is also empowered to access databases of recent federal hires. It also requires that agencies planning to act on GAO recommendations submit their plans to relevant congressional committees and the GAO for review.

February 1

Proclamation 3: National African American History Month, 2017
What It Will Do: This proclamation is calling recognition and deeper exploration of the often-neglected contributions of African Americans to the development of America. Trump also used the order to focus on education, stressing the right of African American children like all other Americans to “quality educational opportunities.”

February 2

Proclamation 4: Proclaiming February as American Heart Month 
In late 1963, a joint congressional resolution urged the president to issue an annual proclamation declaring February as American Heart Month to honor the lives lost to heart disease and resolve to improve its prevention, detection and treatment. Since then, February has been American Heart Month. For a while, February 3 has been National Wear Red Day, which is specifically to show support for women with heart disease. Trump is continuing both those traditions.

February 3

Presidential Memorandum 12: Delaying And Investigating the Impact of the “Fiduciary Duty Rule” 
All but a few of the financial service advisors (FSAs) in the nation are not by nature bound by fiduciary duties. That means they have to recommend you appropriate financial services, like retirement plans. This memorandum instructs the Department of Labor to review it to see if it is consistent with his administration’s goals. Specifically it asks the department to check whether the rule would disrupt retirement service markets or restrict Americans’ access to these services. If so, the department is supposed to propose the revocation or revision of the rule.

Executive Order 8On Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System 
The Wall Street reforms designed to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial collapse, this order tells the Treasury to speak with the heads of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and, within 120 days, report back on what “existing laws, treaties, regulations, guidance, reporting and record keeping requirements, and other Government policies” promote the administration’s financial regulatory priorities, what is inhibiting them, and what might be done to better facilitate the administration’s priorities.

February 9

Executive Order 12: Providing An Order of Succession within The Department of Justice 
Trump’s order leaves in place the current status for Jeff Sessions’s first few potential replacements in the event of his death, removal, or resignation: the deputy attorney general, the associate attorney general, and anyone else the attorney general should designate. But it specifies that after these individuals Sessions should be succeeded by, in this order: Dana Boente, the US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia ; Zachary Fardon, the US attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Tammy Dickinson, the US attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Executive Order 11: On a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety 
This order instructs new attorney general Jeff Sessions to form a task force with purpose of reducing illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime by identifying deficient policies, legislation, or crime-data resources and coming up with new initiatives. These will be presented to the president in at least one annual report.

Executive Order 10: Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers 
This order tells the attorney general to review existing laws regarding crimes against law enforcement and figure out how to better prosecute them. Sessions is also instructed to review and reconsider Department of Justice grants available for improving law enforcement safety and to consider new legislation on the issue, including potentially defining new violent crimes for prosecution or creating mandatory minimum sentences for existing crimes.

Executive Order 9: Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking 
This order places the attorney general, secretary of homeland security, director of national intelligence, and whoever else they deem necessary to involve in charge of the Threat Mitigation Working Group, created in 2011 by Barack Obama to identify transnational organized criminal (TOC) groups, like international drug cartels, that pose a threat to America. The group is tasked with figuring out how to improve information sharing between and support for various law enforcement and other federal agencies to better address TOC activities in the US. The order tasks them with reporting to the president within 120 days on their ideas and strategies, and once a year thereafter on their progress; they will also have to issue public reports every quarter on convictions related to TOCs.

February 14

HJ Res 41: Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission Relating to “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers” 

February 16

HJ Res. 38: Disapproving the Rule Submitted by the Department of the Interior Known as the Stream Protection Rule 

Blocking this rule will help to save 78,000 coal-mining jobs and up to 200,000 more related energy-industry jobs and avoid needless environmental regulations and bureaucratic bloat.

February 24

Executive Order 13: Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda 
This is another attempt to reduce extensive federal regulation, building on Trump’s executive order in January mandating a “one-in, two-out” rule for new regulations. This new order requires that federal agencies create a Regulatory Reform Officer (RRO) position within 60 days to make sure they are complying with other regulation-slashing measures. They should also all create Regulatory Reform Task Forces, which will usually be led by the RRO. The RRTFs are tasked with reviewing old regulations and flagging them for modification or elimination if they are deemed outmoded, ineffective, or inefficient—a task regulators are already supposed to be fulfilling. Rules to be slated for the axe under the “one-in, two-out” rule are to be prioritized. Agencies will issue regular reports—the first within 90 days of the order—to demonstrate their progress on this matter.

February 28

Executive Order 15: To Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities 
This order establishes a White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with a director designated by Trump to work with government agencies, philanthropic organizations, educational associations, and other groups to help HBCUs. It also directs some government agencies to find ways to strengthen HBCUs and orders the formation of committee of relevant stakeholders.

Executive Order 14: Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule 
This order requires the Administrator of the EPA and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works to review the rule and decide how to revise or revoke it—and any relevant orders, rules, regulations, guidelines, or policies enforcing it. The order also calls for future rules and actions to use a much narrower definition of which waters can fall under federal control.

HJ Res 40: Providing for Congressional Disapproval under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of The Rule Submitted by The Social Security Administration Relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 

HR 321: Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act 
The bill spends a fair amount of time recognizing the value of existing NASA programs aimed at mentoring girls and young women and inspiring them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It then instructs the NASA administrator to explore how to continue bringing women into STEM fields through these programs. It also instructs the administrator to issue a report to two Congressional committees within 90 days on how to develop more mentorship and engagement between K-12 STEM students and science-y folks, with special focus on how to bring retired astronauts and other experts into mentorship programs.

HR 255: Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act 
The bill starts by recognizing the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math professions and the low rate with which women with STEM degrees end up in STEM jobs. It encourages entrepreneurial programs to recruit and support women and to help women with STEM training pursue careers in the commercial world and not just the laboratory.

March 1

Proclamation 7: Proclaiming March 2017 as Women’s History Month 
This proclamation reaffirms America’s commitment to promoting women’s full access in all aspects of life in the nation and to advancing women’s issues around the world.

Proclamation 6: Proclaiming March 2017 as American Red Cross Month 
Trump specifically commended the organization for its role in provisioning America’s blood donation supply, educating Americans in life-saving techniques, and its direct role over the past year in responding to dozens of humanitarian incidents.

Proclamation 5: Proclaiming March 2017 as Irish American Heritage Month 
Trump’s proclamation acknowledges the role of Irish Americans in the Revolutionary and Civil wars, the foundation and operation of old cottage industrial and blue-collar industries, and the creation of a distinctive American culture. He also emphasizes how the Irish people are providing an example of people pulling themselves out of poverty.

March 6

Proclamation 8: Proclaiming March 5 Through March 11, 2017, As National Consumer Protection Week 
An annual week dedicated to helping people better manage their money and make informed decisions in the market. This year, the White House has decided to focus on helping consumers learn to secure their privacy and information in the digital sphere against cybercrimes like fraud or identity theft.

Executive Order 16Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States 
Trump has already explained that the seven nations previously banned from travel were designated as conflict zones, state sponsors of terror, or subject to a revocation of visa waiver programs in past government actions. He also cites legislators’ concerns about visa and refugee vetting procedures and notes that the FBI is investigating 300 people who entered the US as refugees as counterterror targets.

This order temporarily bans travel to the US from six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—all Muslim-majority nations that have either undergone significant conflict or (in Iran and Sudan’s cases) are antagonists of the US. This ban would be in place for 90 days.

-Notably, Iraq was named in the original list of banned countries but was removed from this revised list. According to the order, this is because Iraq supposedly has improved its collaboration with the US and is working to provide sufficient documentation to prove travelers from the nation are not a threat to America. (This seems to at least try to demonstrate that the ban is about security, not a bid at indefinite nationality-based lockdowns.)

The US refugee program is again frozen for 120 days while vetting procedures undergo a vague review, and thereafter capped indefinitely at 50,000 entries per year—down from 110,000 per year at the end of the Obama era. The order resolves to give states and localities as much say as is legally possible in accepting refugee placement.

The new order instructs the departments of State and Homeland Security and the National Intelligence agency to conduct a worldwide review of what the US needs from each nation to ensure visitors pose no threat. They are asked to issue a report on this within 20 days after the order comes into effect, inform nations of new requirements within 50 days thereafter (the requirements might differ by nation), and from there provide information on non-compliance to the president, who can declare travel restrictions on any nation of concern. Reports on the implementation of these measures are to be issued by the relevant agencies in 90, 120, and 150 days after the order comes into effect. These federal bodies are also required to create baseline procedures to vet travelers as potential fraudulent entries or terror risks, and to report on progress towards creating those baselines 60, 100, and 200 days after the order comes into effect.

-Relevant agencies are instructed to compile reports on all foreign nationals charged with or convicted of terrorism-related acts, the number of foreign nationals radicalized after coming to the US, and the number of gender-based violent incidents like “honor killings” perpetrated by foreign nationals in the US. The first report, to be issued 180 days after the order comes into effect, will include every incident from 9/11 onwards, and subsequent reports will be publicized every 180 days.

-Finally, the order also encourages the expedited completion of nationwide biometric entry scan systems, with reports on progress to be issued in 100, 200, and 365 days after the order goes into effect and then every 180 days after that until they are operation. It expands the US consular fellows program to increase America’s diplomatic capacity. Relevant agencies are also instructed to review visa reciprocity agreements and adjust our visa procedures with other nations to reach true reciprocity.

Presidential Memorandum 13: Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits, Ensuring Enforcement of All Laws for Entry into the United States, and Increasing Transparency Among Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government and for the American People 
This memo calls for more stringent and rigorous vetting of foreign nationals for security concerns before they enter the US. The departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and State are urged to implement whatever new protocols or procedures they can under existing law that they feel would improve screening. They, alongside other relevant agencies, are also empowered to issue new rules, regulations, and guidances to strengthen old or new enforcement provisions. Homeland Security and State are also instructed to issue monthly reports on the number and type of visas issued, disaggregated by country, alongside any other information they deem important to the American people; the first report (at the end of April 2017) will detail all visas issued from the day of the memorandum’s issuance onwards. Reports are also to be issued every 90 days on any changes in existing visa-holders’ or immigrants’ status or benefits. Other relevant agencies are instructed to issue a report within 180 days on the long-term costs of hosting refugees in America at the federal, state, and local levels and recommendations on how to reduce those costs. Another report is to be issued on the comparative costs of hosting refugees long-term in their nation of first asylum.

March 13

HR 609: To Designate The Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Center in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, As The “Abie Abraham VA Clinic” 
This bill is Exactly and exclusively what it says in the title.

Executive Order 17: A Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch 
This order directs the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to develop a plan for improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the federal government. The Director is directed to focus on cutting “unnecessary” agencies or some of their components or programs; the order specifies that “unnecessary” means anything adjudicators believe could be better handled by states or private firms, anything redundant, anything that’s not sufficiently cost-efficient, and anything that wouldn’t cost too much to merge or shut down. Every executive agency head is required to submit a plan for reorganizing itself within 180 days of the order. The Director will then solicit public comment for an unspecified number of days. Another 180 days after this comment period concludes, the Director is expected to submit a full plan to the president detailing administrative or legislative actions needed to make it a reality.
Who It Will Affect: The order creates a lot of work for OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, who is currently up to his eyes in American Health Care Act shenanigans, and the heads of some 440 agencies. But beyond that it is, for now, mostly more signaling of the administration’s stated commitment to shrinking government. America already has waste-fighting programs—a 2010 law requiring an annual accounting of pointless or duplicate government spending has already saved taxpayers tends of billions, so it’s unclear how much the OMB will find to slice. And no matter what they find, most real changes will have to be cleared through Congress.
For More: Read about how much money the government has spent in Afghanistan

“We are calling for a great reawakening of nations” – Trump

( The most important remarks from the speech that United States President Trump gave to the 72nd U.N. General Assembly on 21 September 2017. )

(This article is still been written and it is going to be published in its entirety very soon)

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