Day 1 Presidential Activities and Actions:
- Meets with business leaders
- Signs executive orders
- Meets with union leaders and worker representatives
- Meets with congressional leaders from both parties
- Meets with House Speaker
- Names Air Force Secretary – Frm. Congresswoman Heather Wilson
Today, the first traditional work day for a newly minted president, President Donald Trump was a chief executive in action. The president held meetings, signed executive orders, and engaged in other executive activties.
This morning, President Trump held a meeting with chief executive officers of several major U.S. corporations, including the CEOs of Dell Technologies, Lockeed-Martin, US Steel, Johnson & Johnson, Ford Motor, Under Armor, Dow Chemical, Arconic, Corning, Tesla and SpaceX, International Paper, and Whirlpool. Trump reiterated his promises to cut taxes dramatically; and to reduce regulations, asserting that he wanted to cut regulations hindering business by 75%. He also reiterated his campaign pledge to impose a stiff tariff on any U.S. company outsourcing production, and subsequently, attempting to sell products produced outside the U.S. to U.S. consumers.
Trump’s tax and regulatory policies will create a more friendly business environment, and thereby encourage large U.S. companies to invest in America, expand their operations, and create jobs. He has planned to meet with these leaders again in one month, and at least four times a year. What is particularly important is Trump’s posture; that being, to listen to business executives to gain an understanding from their standpoint of what they need to spur job creation in the U.S.
The President will meet with union leaders and front-line workers this afternoon, including leaders of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, North American Building and Construction Trades Department, Sheet Metal Workers Union, Laborers International Union of North America, and other union organizations, to discuss his pro-worker agenda.
As promised during the campaign, the President signed an executive order that formally withdrew the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership trade arrangement between the U.S. and 11 countries, that would ultimately result in an unfair trade arrangement for the U.S. He signed another executive order directing a hiring freeze on all but military federal workers. Trump is signaling his intention to cut the size of government. Further, he also executed an executive order reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which bans the use of federal funds to finance abortions. Trump intends to act in support of his pro-life position. These orders were in addition to the order he signed over the weekend, ordering federal agencies to restrict the enforcement of Obamacare regulations on businesses and individuals; a pre-cursor to the anticipated congressional action to repeal and replace the law.
Trump spoke with Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi, restating his support for the bilateral relationship between the two countries. They also discussed having a meeting at the White House in the near future.
Trump will meet with Congressional leaders early this evening, including both majority and minority leaders, to discuss his legislative agenda. He will meet afterward separately with House Speaker Paul Ryan, to discuss moving his legislative agenda through congress.
Trump named former New Mexico Congresswoman Heather Wilson as Secretary of the Air Force. She is currently the president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota. She is an Air Force Academy graduate, and a Rhodes scholar, earning a Doctorate from the University of Oxford.
Clearly, Trump is moving quickly and strongly to implement his campaign pledges. His actions demonstrate seriousness of purpose in reconstituting America’s manufacturing job base, and doing it as quickly as possible.
By Allen Sutton