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Friday, February 17, 2017

Law - President Trump's executive orders and memoranda

Gregory Korte of USA Today has had several valuable stories recently on President Trump's executive orders.

This story, from Feb. 14th, "White House posts wrong versions of Trump's orders on its website," is eye-catching in itself, but also links to the text of Trump's recent orders. From the story:

By law, the Federal Register version is the legally controlling language. But it can often take several days for the order to be published, meaning that the public must often rely on what the White House puts out — and that's sometimes inaccurate.
Reading some of the executive orders reminds the ILB of the famous Truman quote about President Eisenhower, as set out in this prescient, June 3rd, 2016 (worth-reading in full) NYT opinion piece by Eric Posner ("And if Elected: What President Trump Could or Couldn’t Do"):
Mr. Trump’s biggest obstacle to vast power is not the separation of powers but the millions of federal employees who are supposed to work for him. Most of these employees have a strong sense of professionalism and are dedicated to the mission of their agency. They don’t take kindly to arbitrary orders from above. As President Harry Truman said ahead of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency: “He’ll sit here, and he’ll say, ‘Do this! Do that!’ And nothing will happen.”
With that in mind, look at the text of this "presidential memorandum on a plan to defeat the Islamic State," directing the Secretary of Defense to "develop the Plan."

See also: On Jan. 24th, reporter Korte published this story, headed "Presidential memoranda vs. executive orders. What's the difference?"

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 17, 2017 09:41 AM
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