Trump Signs 3 Executive Orders: Withdraws From TPP, Freezes Federal Hiring, Limits Overseas Abortion Funding

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As we previewed and was widely expected, President Trump has just signed 3 executive orders: one officially withdrawing the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership, a second one instituting a federal hiring freeze except for the military, and a 3rd executive order limiting abortion funding overseas.

“It's a great thing for the American worker, what we just did,” Trump said on Monday after signing an order withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership accord with 11 other nations. He didn’t sign any actions to direct a renegotiation of the Nafta accord with Mexico and Canada, yet he said on Sunday he would begin talks with the two leaders on modifying the accord, BBG reported. “We’ve been talking about this a long time,” Trump said.

As the AP notes, the move is basically a formality, since the agreement had yet to receive required Senate ratification. Trade experts say that approval was unlikely to happen given voters' anxiety about trade deals and the potential for job losses.  It remains unclear if Trump would seek individual deals with the 11 other nations in TPP— a group that represents roughly 13.5 percent of the global economy, according to World Bank figures. Trump has blamed past trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and China's entrance into the World Trade Organization for a decline in U.S. factory jobs.

Trump’s trade focus fulfills a campaign promise to rewrite America’s trade policy during his first days as president. In declaring his determination to renegotiate Nafta, Trump would rework an agreement that has governed commerce in much of the Western hemisphere for 22 years. By scrapping the Trans-Pacific Partnership accord negotiated by former President Barack Obama, Trump will delight many of his most fervent supporters as well as a good many Democrats, while opening an economic vacuum in Asia that China is eager to fill.

Trump campaigned against the TPP and other trade deals, including Nafta, during his campaign for the White House. In a video released in November, Trump promised to exit TPP “on day one,” calling it “a potential disaster for our country.”

The TPP, a 12-country deal that sought to liberalize trade between the U.S. and Pacific Rim nations including Japan, Mexico and Singapore, was a signature piece of former Obama’s attempt to pivot U.S. global strategy to focus on the fast-growing economies of Asia.

With TPP now history, Trump will next focus on NAFTA.

The president said Sunday that he’ll meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to begin discussing NAFTA, which he has routinely blamed for the loss of U.S. jobs. The newly sworn-in president praised Mexico for being “terrific” and signaled that he’s willing to work with the U.S.’s closest neighbors.

“We’re going to start renegotiating on Nafta, on immigration, and on security at the border,” Trump said at the start of a swearing-in ceremony for top White House staff. “I think we’re going to have a very good result for Mexico, for the United States, for everybody involved. It’s really very important.”


Officials in Canada, which is the biggest buyer of U.S. exports, have indicated they want to avoid getting entangled with the Trump administration’s targeting of imports from Mexico and China. The three countries are the biggest trading partners of the U.S.


David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., told reporters his focus is on avoiding Canada being "collateral damage" in trade actions.

We wish David the best of luck, especially since the ball is now entirely in Trump's court.

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 A second Executive order confirms a federal hiring freeze, “except for military,” President Trump tells reporters while signing order.

President Donald Trump is signing a memorandum that freezes hiring for some federal government workers as a way to reduce payrolls and rein in the size of the federal workforce.


Trump's directive is fulfilling one of his campaign promises. He tells reporters that members of the military will be exempted from the hiring freeze.


The new president has vowed to take on the federal bureaucracy and the action could be the first step in an attempt to curtail government employment.


The memorandum signed by Trump's is similar to one that President George W. Bush signed at the start of his administration in 2001.

And a third executive order saw President Donald Trump is reinstating a ban on providing federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option.

The regulation has been something of a political football, instituted by Republican administrations and rescinded by Democratic ones since 1984.


Most recently, President Barack Obama ended the ban in 2009.


Trump signed it one day after the Jan. 22 anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States, the date which is traditionally when presidents take action on the policy.


The policy also prohibits taxpayer funding for groups that lobby to legalize abortion or promote it as a family planning method.

As we laid out before, here is a brief summary of what Trump can (and can not do) on day one. Exhibit 3 lists the President’s “Contract with Voters”, which includes several items that can be accomplished through executive action but involves significant legislative activity as well.

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BabaLooey's picture

Keep going Trump.

All 3 excellent E.O.'s

NoDebt's picture

That sound you just heard was the noise Obama's "legacy" makes when it's foundations start crumbling.

D Nyle's picture

Beware, A Liberal tear Tsunami may soon hit your area

NoDebt's picture

Reinstate the work search requirement for Welfare recipients.  That would be the very next Obama EO I'd undo.  It was absolutely ILLEGAL what he did with that EO wiaving the work search requirement that was HARD CODED into the welfare reform act of 1996.


nyse's picture

The absolute MAD MAN!

FireBrander's picture

Sometimes, in order to fight "MAD EVIL MEN", you need a different kind of "MAD MAN".

GGuy's picture
GGuy (not verified) xythras Jan 23, 2017 1:30 PM

me rikey rots

Motasaurus's picture

Ding ding the bitch is dead. Ding ding the TPP is dead.

It's hilarious from the perspective of Australia to see all the people who fought hard to stop the TPP (a futile fight, since literally no one in this country had ever heard of it before wikileaks and by then it was 9/10ths done) are lamenting the presidency of Trump. He's done in a few days what all the protesting could never do and kill that disgusting thing.

Thank you Trump, you can be my God-emperor any time. You saved me, my children and therapy future generations from being raped by wall street and more than we already are.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Clean out the DOJ and State Department, and fucking INVESTIGATE PIZZAGATE.


J S Bach's picture

As Grandpa Joe said in Willy Wonka...

"Sign away, Charlie... we got nothin' to lose!"

OfAllElaboratePlans's picture
OfAllElaboratePlans (not verified) J S Bach Jan 23, 2017 2:27 PM

That was before he drank too much of the sugary bubble pop, floated up, and had to burp his way down, right?

Mr. Universe's picture

You stole Fizzy Lifting drinks (the presidency) and contaminated the chamber(our gop/dem pizza party) which will need to be cleaned(impeached) get nothing (they will reset soon).

cheka's picture

doj is attack dog for exec branch -- need to get some rabid skype hunters in there

Yog Soggoth's picture

Pizzagate is the swamp bottom. Round them up, and heads will roll with the ENTIRE WORLD backing.

Clashfan's picture

Pizzagate needs to be shouted from the rooftops everywhere. Pizzagate!

Oh and don't forget, Gosch is Gannon.


J Jason Djfmam's picture

That looser better find an escape goat fast.

nufio's picture

does this mean that when i go to airports there will finally be more passengers than TSA personnel?

kellys_eye's picture

I've still not seen, read or heard of any reasoned argument against these initial proposals. 

What's the matter all you snowflakes - heat getting too high?

HenryHall's picture

Making abortions more difficult for impoverished single women will aggravate the world's most deleterious problem. Which is overpopulation.

Only the Chinese have ever actually done anything effective to combat world overpopulation.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

The Red Chinese were prolific mass murderers.  Estimates of 85 to 100 million deaths have been attributed to the Chinese Communist government.

kochevnik's picture

True.  Liberals should create a fund.  Even good causes should not be funded by extortion, i.e. taxation.  There is crowdfunding and other options. 

JamesBond's picture

This EO does nothing to limit access abortions in the first 2 trimesters.  

The messge to communists and socialists is, not on my dime.

Tha is what you are bent about.  The transfer of wealth has stopped.

Correct me if I am wrong.



Snout the First's picture

Liberals don't provide valid arguments. They rant, and demand, and call you a racist. But its futile to expect an intelligent exchange of ideas with them.

Yog Soggoth's picture

UMMM Ahhh, well those executive orders are un a contitutional so said some librarian. Sorry, I was trying to mindmeld with the focus group when my brain froze. It was probably winter storm whatever. Seriously, should we name every front in an el nino year a serious winter storm? Yknot kname it afghan mi? Sorry,I got the message back and it actually hurt my brain while I was typing. I would not recommend being a psychic. You could actually damage your brain.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


federal hiring freeze "except for the military"


Wake me when he closes some of our overseas military bases, or fires the first government worker.

The United States maintains about 800 military bases in at least 160 countries, according to a military scholar.


gladih8r's picture

Its virtually guaranteed that Soros will step in and fill the abortion funding gap, with only a minor caveat that the fetuses be Fedexed to his lair overnight.  No biggie.  He has his "needs" you know.

Abitcoinbrain's picture

sweet waste soros money that stupid jew

Meat Hammer's picture

Yes, let all of these "compassionate" snowflakes open up their own fucking wallets and pay for their own utopia.  I shall be ignoring the invoice.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

There are strong connections between:




And these connections could not  be any more evident in any one person than... George Soros.

dogismycopilot's picture

For we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places. 


Mlittle's picture

sweet waste soros money that stupid jew

he is an evil be exact

JamesBond's picture

I am thinking Trump has Soros in his crosshairs.



Yog Soggoth's picture

Nahhh, Putin. Suaron is obviously a Khazar King. The Khazars have hated the Russian populace since their expulsion from the Steppes. It only enrages the one eyed one that Trump's wife is Russian. Even worse was his plan to take down America before he dies.

East Indian's picture

Were there organized expulsion of Jews from Ukraine area in the 19th Century? Or was it just an unorganized flow? Was the Czar hated for his anti-Jewish acts? Any books, links? 


Asked earnestly. No sarcasm or any other hidden agenda.

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groaner (not verified) gladih8r Jan 23, 2017 1:41 PM

Eugenics for 90% of the serfs.. They want to kill us.. 

Abortion, Planned Parenthood is eugentics and just the start. These Anti God people are EVIL. They have been destroying the family unit, pushing SODOMY as good, Transgender, Attacking countries and murdering civilians in the name of ??? This will not be allowed to go on much longer..[search_id]=4e484a7c-036a-4aef-a131-074a0da80fb4&insight[search_result_index]=1

kochevnik's picture

Actually your monotheistic god is the root of fascism.  Theo-fascism specifically.  Islamic jihad being one example

Dancing Disraeli's picture

If you can't discern the differences between Islam and Christianity, there's no hope for you.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Who cares? I am nieither, but I still am perspicacious enough to discern the true enemy of mankind. If you do not know it is the Khazarian Mafia then there is no hope for you.

East Indian's picture

Russians worship the Trinity, not the monotheistic God of Judaism or Islam. 

jeff montanye's picture

imo the right has lost the war over abortion, contraception, homosexuality, transgender, etc. etc. etc.

i talk to middle school students and they are utterly blase about the latter two, knowledgeable about the second and regard the first as an individual choice but one made where access to legal abortion is assumed.

as for sodomy, don't you remember it was part of the three legged stool that supported the royal navy in its glory years?  that, rum and the lash.

glad trump whacked the tpp and that hellish, kafkaesque court it tried to establish.  watch that kind of shit; it makes the rule of law into the rule of men.  and of corporations.

quadraspleen's picture

"Wake me when he closes some of our overseas military bases, or fires the first government worker."


I think you may be asleep a while

nufio's picture

well the mic is more than a corporate handout. i think its primarily a jobs program that employs restless young males and prevents them from creating local unrest.

kochevnik's picture

Funding abortion would be MUCH, MUCH cheaper than 600 bases in the abroad.  Moreover many men do not matriculate to the military, and instead rot in USA's largest prison system in the world, growing 400% in twenty years

azusgm's picture

So...killing the innocent is better than jailing the guilty?