Capping off a busy first full week in office, President Donald Trump signed three more executive actions on Saturday.
On a day when protests broke out at airports around the country over the president’s executive action on Friday that bans travel from seven predominantly Muslin nations, Saturday’s efforts garnered little attention.
In addition to imposing a five-year lobbying ban for administration officials, Trump ordered a reorganizing of the National Security Council and called for a plan within 30 days on how to defeat ISIS, according to The Hill.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 29, 2017
“People have been talking about this for a long time, like many years,” Trump said as he signed the National Security Council order.
Of the three executive actions signed on Saturday afternoon, the NSC restructuring may raise the most eyebrows, based on who is being added and who is getting dropped.
More from The Hill:
The measure adds White House chief strategist Steve Bannon to the NSC, while removing the Director of National Intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stating that they “shall attend where issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed.”
Bannon is the former head of Breitbart News who joined Trump’s campaign as its chief executive in August.
The president briefly engaged with the press after he signed the three orders, saying the previous day’s action, which he insisted is “not a Muslim ban,” was “working out very nicely.”
“We’re going to have a very very strict ban and we’re going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years,” he added.
- ‘That’s it, we’re hanging up now’: Chuck pokes the poke-police in absurd call with ‘CDC’ - July 30, 2021
- Sen. Bill Hagerty pushes bill to stop Biden WH from colluding with Big Tech in censoring Americans - July 30, 2021
- Times ‘hit piece’ on how DeSantis press secretary got hired backfires spectacularly - July 30, 2021