Friday, 20 January 2017
Trump signs first executive order, targeting Obamacare
President Trump salutes participants during the inaugural parade in Washington. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters) President Trump signed his first executive order in the Oval Office late Friday, targeting Obamacare, as his administration ordered an immediate freeze on new regulations just hours after his inauguration. Asked to reflect on the day’s events, Trump told reporters: “It was busy, but good — a beautiful day.” Seated behind the iconic Resolute Desk, made from the timbers of a British exploration ship in the late 19th century, Trump also signed the commissions for his first two Cabinet nominees to win Senate confirmation: Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. He was surrounded by senior aides and advisers, including son-in-law Jared Kushner, Kellyanne Conway, Hope Hicks, National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, Stephen Miller and Marc Short. It was not immediately clear what the executive order would do to pave the way for Republicans to make good on their longstanding promise to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement. White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters the order would “ease the burden” of the law. He did not share further details.