Reporters were welcomed into the White House this last Friday (March 31, 2017) to document the latest executive order signing ceremony. But President Donald Trump left the room after promising the public would see some “very very strong results very very quickly.”
This, of course, prompted reporters to start asking questions before he stepped out, which the president ignored. As one reporter continued to ask Trump about his latest tweet regarding Michael Flynn’s immunity, the president pointedly looked anywhere but at the cameras behind him, choosing instead to converse with Vice President Mike Pence.
Once the door closed, reporters had to turn to their brothers and sisters of the media and ask “So he did not sign them?” Them being the executive orders clearly stacked and waiting on the president’s desk.
The camera then panned over to Steve Bannon to make sure the executive orders were “not pre-signed” and must be signed in person.
According to CNN, The White House confirmed Trump did sign the executive orders aimed at “identifying and targeting foreign trade abuses” behind closed doors.
One of the two executive orders “commissions a 90-day study of US trade deficits” with some of our country’s biggest trading partners. This will help us “identify potential trade abuses and cheating.”
The second of the two orders is a “stricter and more effective enforcement of US anti-dumping laws.” This will help “prevent foreign manufacturers from undercutting US companies” by marketing goods at “unfair prices.”
Trump has made a show of signing executive orders at his White House desk. His love for presenting these signed orders to the camera has sparked a lot of memes, ranging from crudely drawn alphabet lines, to drawings of trains, to smiley faces.
These orders come a week after the Republican bid to replace Obamacare “imploded in Congress.” President Trump is supposed to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week in Florida to discuss trade tensions.