President Signs Three Executive Orders on TPP, Federal Hiring, and NGOs

An image showing President Trump holding up one of the executive orders he signed to withdraw from the TPP, to initiate a non-military Federal hiring freeze, and to bring back the Mexico City Policy.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday to officially withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trump also signed orders to freeze non-military Federal hiring and block federal funding for international organizations that provide abortion services. The language within the orders has not yet been made public.

The orders were signed shortly before noon eastern time. “Everybody knows what that means, right? We’ve been talking about this for a long time,” Trump said as he signed the order to withdraw the nation from the TPP. “A great thing for the American worker.”

The President’s order regarding the TPP is his first action in addressing the nation’s trade concerns.  Negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico are anticipated to begin soon. The order has drawn praise and criticism from both sides of the aisle.

“This decision will forfeit the opportunity to promote American exports, reduce trade barriers, open new markets and protect American invention and innovation,” Arizona Senator John McCain said. “It will create an opening for China to rewrite the economic rules of the road.”

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders welcomed the withdrawal. “I am glad the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead and gone. For the last 30 years, we have had a series of trade deals — including the North American Free Trade Agreement — which have cost us millions of decent-paying jobs and caused a ‘race to the bottom,’ which has lowered wages for American workers,” said Sanders.

Executive orders were also signed to initiate a non-military Federal hiring freeze. The order will prevent any non-defense focused agency from obtaining new hires. House Speaker Paul Ryan issued a statement praising Trump for “wasting no time acting on his promises.” The statement went on to say that “by instituting a hiring freeze, he has taken a critical first step toward reining in Washington bureaucracy.”

The last executive order signed restored Reagan’s ‘Mexico City policy.’ The policy would require all foreign organizations receiving Federal funds to neither provide nor promote abortion services. The exact language within this and the remaining three orders has yet to be made public.

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