President Donald Trump Signs Bill for James Mattis
President Donald Trump signs his first bill, passed earlier by Congress, that will allow retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as defense secretary by waiving the legal requirement that he be out of the military for seven years before dong so, according to press secretary, Sean Spicer. Mattis still needs to be confirmed by the Senate. This action is expected for later this afternoon.Trump was surrounded by congressional leaders as he signed the order.
President Donald Trump is Ready to Get the Show Going
Spicer said Trump worked through the bills he wants to deal with today versus the weekend or Monday and Tuesday. The president was briefed on some of the orders he wants to do and the sequencing thereof. Today Trump’s aides said he will sign ceremonial and logistical executive orders. However, they left the door open to more policy-oriented actions and announcements in Trump’s first 12 hours in office.
Advisers are preparing for announcements, on a number of items, today, into the weekend, and early next week, whenever the newly elected president gives the signal. The announcements are most likely being prepared for Obamacare, fighting ISIS, immigration, and a lobbying ban.
Although Trump originally announced his “Day One” would be on Monday, his advisers have sought to dispel that idea. Spicer has insisted repeatedly that Trump and his administration will hit the ground running on Friday following the inauguration and work through the weekend.