Cancel Executive Orders Issued by Obama

Current Status: In Progress

As of

"[O]n the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:
FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

The wording of this promise is vague and can be interpreted in several ways. For instance, it could mean all Obama's Executive Orders, or it could just mean ones that Trump personally deems unconstitutional, leaving a lot of room for interpretation.

As of 21 January, 2017, after a full 24 hours in office, this promise had not been addressed. However, over the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, he did sign a number of executive orders aimed at Obama-era orders:

  • An order reviewing an Obama order that designated or expanded 554 million acres of land as protected national monuments;
  • An order changing the DOJ order of succession;
  • An order directing federal agencies to rescind any existing regulations that "unduly burden the development of domestic energy resources," and that also rescinds four of Obama's executive actions, two of his reports, and tells the Environmental Protection Agency to review Obama's landmark Clean Power Plan;
  • An order revoking an Obama order requiring federal government contracts over $500,000 go to companies that haven't violated labor laws;
  • An order directing federal agencies to revise the Clean Water Rule;
  • An order directing the Labor Secretary to review the "fiduciary rule," ordered by Obama;
  • An order that loosened some ethics restrictions that Obama put in place.

Whether any of these could be called unconstitutional or if these represent "every" unconstitutional order is open to interpretation.

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