Something So Wrong: January 2017 (UPDATED)

  • On January 23, Trump issued an executive order formally withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The 12-nation deal, negotiated by the Obama administration, had not been ratified by Congress. The TPP would have reduced tariffs for US imports and exports with the TPP partner countries and would have imposed labor, environmental and intellectual property protections.
  • On January 24, Trump signed an executive order directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to delay and dismantle the Affordable Care Act to the maximum extent permitted by law.
  • On January 24, Trump issued a presidential memorandum calling for expedited approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  • On January 25, Trump issued an executive order directing to the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department to block federal funding to “sanctuary jurisdictions.” Sanctuary jurisdictions are loosely defined as states and cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement, but DHS has not issued a legal definition.
  • On January 27, Trump issued an executive order barring immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, banning all refugees for 120 days, and prohibiting, indefinitely, all refugees from Syria. The order gave preference to religious minorities (for example, Christians) in Muslim countries.
  • On January 28, Trump issued a presidential memorandum on the makeup of the National Security Council. The memo removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the Principals Committee and named presidential strategist Steve Bannon as a member of the Principals Committee.
  • On January 30, Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she refused to enforce Trump’s executive order (January 27) on immigration and refugees.
  • On January 31, Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Scalia in February 2016. President Obama had nominated Judge Merrick Garland for the position in March 2016, but the Republicans refused to hold a hearing on the nomination.

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