On Saturday, January 28th, President Donald Trump signed three more executive orders, following the controversial refugee ban. Donald Trump has wasted little time, signing 17 executive orders in just his first week in office as President of the United States. The three executive orders pertain to the plan to defeat ISIS, a ban on lobbying, and reorganizing the National Security Council.
The Trump administration signed an executive order that formally states that ISIS is an enemy that must be defeated and had some vague ideas on how to defeat them. The executive order states: “It is the policy of the United States that ISIS be defeated.” It also adds a clause that may lead to possible uses of torture and detainment that would otherwise be against international law. The clause states: “recommended changes to any United States rules of engagement and other United States policy restrictions that exceed the requirements of international law regarding the use of force against ISIS.” According to the executive order: “Within 30 days, a preliminary draft of the plan to defeat ISIS shall be submitted to the President by the Secretary of Defense.”
The executive order that pertains to the ban on lobbying states:
I will not, within 5 years after the termination of my employment as an appointee in any executive agency in which I am appointed to serve, engage in lobbying activities with respect to that agency.
Trump is trying to prevent lobbying done by former heads appointed by the President. It also states, “I will not accept gifts from registered lobbyists or lobbying organizations for the duration of my service as an appointee.” It seems this is an attempt to prevent corruption by government officials and ex-government officials, however, it does state “registered lobbyists,” which may be a loophole that can be exploited.
An executive order restructuring the National Security Council to make it more geared toward and able to combat modern threats has been signed by President Trump. He said that it will bring “a lot of efficiency and I think a lot of additional safety.” Trump would like the National Security Council to be prepared to fight threats that exceed international boundaries.