Donald Trump’s early days in White House shows him on top of the game


New Delhi: While Donald Trump’s first day in White House will be remembered for the new administration’s confrontation with the media over the size of the inauguration crowd, the US President has taken a slew of executive decisions in the last three days although none includes his campaign promise of deporting illegal immigrants or building wall along the Mexico border until Wednesday.

Here is a list of Trump’s actions since his first full working day in the office on Monday:

¦ Meeting with the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia. He addresses the staff, praising the intelligence community, with whom he hasn’t enjoyed a cordial relationship during the transition period due to an intelligence dossier. He reportedly took over the nuclear codes as well.

¦ Speaks to the Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and the Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto. Later in the day, he announces his intent to renegotiate North American Free Trade Agreement. He also called Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night and invited him to visit the US later this year.

¦ Trump clears hurdles and assemble his national security team. He signs an order granting a one-time immunity to James Mattis, his pick for defence secretary, from federal law barring former US service members who have been out of uniform for less than seven years from holding the top Pentagon job. Mattis had retired from the Marine Corps in 2013. Within few hours, Senata confirms Mattis for the job. Nikki Haley was confirmed on Tuesday as ambassador to the UN and committees approved three more of his nominees.

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¦ During the day, the White House chief of staff Reince Priebus issues a memo aimed at freezing some new regulations and halting ones the Obama administration had issued. This was done to review his predecessor’s orders.

¦ Executive order to roll back his predecessor’s Affordable Care Act. The initial order will partially repeal the Obamacare as the Affordable Care Act is popularly referred as. Trump order empowers the Health and Human Services Department and other federal agencies to delay implementing parts of the law that might impose a “fiscal burden” on states, health care providers, families or individuals.

¦ Halts a reduction to the annual mortgage insurance premiums borrowers pay when taking out government-backed home loans.

¦ Gets approval from the Justice Department for his son-in-law Jared Kushner to take a role in the White House.

¦ Issues executive order to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal negotiations.

¦ Trump is expected to sign executive orders starting on Wednesday that include a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.

¦ Trump took action on Tuesday to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline was rejected under former President Barack Obama, and Energy Transfer Partners LP’s $3.8 billion Dakota Access project was stalled when the Obama administration halted work on in on land near Lake Oahe in North Dakota amid protests by Native American groups.

¦ Trump met Tuesday with the chief executives of the big three US automakers as he looks to persuade car manufacturers to keep production within the country.