- Title: Trump adviser says speech is "elegant, beautiful, powerful"
- Date: 20th January 2017
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (JANUARY 19, 2017) (REUTERS) WHITE HOUSE BEAUTY SHOT
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- Keywords: Donald Trump Kelly Anne Conway inauguration speech
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0035ZR1RGN
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Donald Trump is preparing to sign executive actions on his first day in the White House on Friday (January 19) to take the opening steps to crack down on immigration, build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border and roll back outgoing President Barack Obama's policies.
Trump, a Republican elected on Nov. 8 to succeed Democrat Obama, arrived in Washington on a military plane with his family a day before he will be sworn in during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.
Aides said Trump would not wait to wield one of the most powerful tools of his office, the presidential pen, to sign several executive actions that can be implemented without the input of Congress.
"Every president has to sign into law executive actions that for example extend security for their families so it can take that nature or it can be more significant as well. It really depends. The president-elect said the very first day of business will be on Monday January 23rd," said counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.
Conway said that Trump has finished his speech and called it "an elegant, beautiful, powerful speech. It's beautifully written and powerfully delivered.
Trump plans on Saturday to visit the headquarters of the CIA in Langley, Virginia. He has harshly criticized the agency and its outgoing chief, first questioning the CIA's conclusion that Russia was involved in cyber hacking during the U.S. election campaign, before later accepting the verdict. Trump also likened U.S. intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany.
Trump's advisers vetted more than 200 potential executive orders for him to consider signing on healthcare, climate policy, immigration, energy and numerous other issues, but it was not clear how many orders he would initially approve, according to a member of the Trump transition team who was not authorized to talk to the press.
Signing off on orders puts Trump, who has presided over a sprawling business empire but has never before held public office, in a familiar place similar to the CEO role that made him famous, and will give him some early victories before he has to turn to the lumbering process of getting Congress to pass bills.
The strategy has been used by other presidents, including Obama, in their first few weeks in office.
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