by Pamela Williams
President Trump spent Sunday in deep thought of the executive orders he would make on Monday, as he has declared Monday the true opening day of his Administration. His plans for Monday include the following according to inside sources:
1. Look for a possible hiring freeze at executive branch
2. 5-year lobbying ban on transition and administration officials
3. Mexico City policy, which prevents foreign NGOs from getting U.S. family planning money if they provide abortions with non-U.S. funds. (It’s already illegal to use U.S dollars on abortions.)
The Mexico City executive order could come as soon as today.
4. Task the Defense Secretary and joint chiefs to come up with plan to eviscerate ISIS
5. Report on readiness, and something cyber security related
6. Border/immigration: Something on sanctuary cities, expand E-Verify, an extreme vetting proposal
7. Trade: Withdraw from TPP and a thorough review of NAFTA
8. Watch for dozens of EPA executive orders coming down the pike. EPA has clean water-related and some 30,000 foot regulatory ones lined up [immediately].
Re-working of the North America Trade Agreement is high on President Trump’s list. He plans on meeting with Canadian and Mexican leaders, and he has stated they are working well together thus far. Trump will also be swearing in 30 new White House Staff members, having lunch with Vice-President Pence, and a one-on-one meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan.
He also intends to meet with the Inaugural security members, who protected him and his family during the Inauguration. He wants to thank them, and he appreciates their loyalty and hard work.
Trump has also had a talk with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, inviting him to Washington in February, and they also spoke of the war against the Islamic State, Iran, and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process…a lot for one phone call, but President Trump does not beat around the bushes.
Not mentioned in the White House summary of the call: A possible plan to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump had pledged to do so during his campaign — bucking 20 years of precedent by Democratic and Republican presidents — although press secretary Sean Spicer said the White House was “at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject.”
The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 requires the president to move the embassy to Jerusalem unless he certifies every six months that it’s not in the national interest. Every president since Bill Clinton has done so, including President Obama most recently last Dec. 1 — giving Trump until the end of May to make a formal decision.
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