President Trump's first days in office
President Donald Trump's first days in office are moving quickly after a weekend of worldwide protests against his administration. But advisers to the president tell the public his attention remains on fulfilling some of the promises he made while campaigning.
After his Friday inauguration, President Trump didn't waste any time going after former president Barack Obama's legacy legislation, the Affordable Care Act. The Washington Post reported Trump signed an executive order that appears to give agencies the ability to eliminate ACA requirements and taxes. The Post reports that the executive order also seems to grant relief to not only individuals but also hospitals, doctors, insurers and others affected by the law.
In his first few hours as president, Trump also dismantled Obama's latest attempt to make mortgages more affordable as interest rates continue to skyrocket, according to the Post. Trump also waived the clause that would have prevented Gen. James Mattis from waiting the full seven years before leading the Defense Department.
The weekend didn't bring on any rest either. Saturday, President Trump spoke at the Memorial Wall at CIA headquarters, where he told the intelligence community, "I know maybe sometimes you haven’t gotten the backing that you’ve wanted and you’re going to get so much backing," according to the Washington Post. His remarks come after Trump and his team were openly skeptical about the intelligence community's reports on Russian hacking during the presidential election.
That same day, the new White House press secretary Sean Spicer picked a fight with the media over its coverage of the president's inauguration, specifically how the press pointed out the difference in crowd size between Obama's 2009 inauguration and Trump's. CNN reported Spicer told the room full of media, "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," which is not true.
Spicer also told journalists that they "intentionally framed" photos to make the Trump crowds look smaller, according to CNN.
On Sunday, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus continued the media blasting. The Huffington Post reported the Trump administration is vowing to fight "tooth and nail" against what he says are unfair attacks, "The point is the attacks and the attempt to delegitimize this president in one day," Preibus told "Fox News Sunday," according to Huffington Post. "And we’re not going to sit around and take it."
Monday, the president's first full day in office, is already causing controversy. With just his signature, the National Post reports Trump dismantled the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, implemented a hiring freeze in the federal government and banned taxpayer funds from supporting international groups that perform or provide information on abortions, known as the "Mexico City policy."
The president also laid out what to expect next, including a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a looming "substantial" border tax for companies jumping the border and an immigration crackdown that will start with criminal immigrants, according to the National Post.