Trump aides want to secure Trump’s conservative policies and transgressive views on immigration and trade as much as possible. Inside the Trump White House, Meadows, senior adviser Jared Kushner and White House adviser Pat Cipollone are leading the various last-minute policy discussions.
“People want to make sure that their policies in China will try to take advantage of that moment,” said a former senior administration official, citing actions in Chinese applications and interfaces or stepping up sanctions as possible moves.
“Since taking office, President Trump has never shied away from using his legitimate executive to pursue bold policies and deliver on the promises he made to the American people, but I will not speculate or comment on possible executive action.” said White House Deputy Secretary of State Judd Deere.
The White House talks come as Trump and some of his aides act as if they are starting a second term – even when Biden reveals a transition site, begins scrutinizing potential White House officials and Cabinet members, and announces teams of aides. and volunteers who will work within the organizations as soon as the formal transition process begins.
“Regardless of who’s president on Jan. 20, there’s a lot of work to be done this year,” said Dan Eberhart, CEO of the Canary Energy Company and a Trump donor. “The Trump administration needs to turn its own and push its Ts into its priorities. The president is understandably focused on counting the vote, but at some point soon, he has to turn his attention back to the lame-duck session and put a cornerstone in his first four years. “
In addition to implementing executive orders and actions, Trump’s plans for the coming weeks include firing cabinet officials who have outraged him or refused to follow his lead in investigations. The strikes began on Monday by the Secretary of Defense who tweeted, Mark Esper. In the coming weeks, Trump may also fire CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Ray. Haspel was spotted at the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday afternoon.
The presidents of both parties have long used the tedious duck period to bolster their agenda and cause headaches for the next administration. In 2008, as the administration of President George W. Bush came to an end, the federal government completed 105 regulations. In 2016, the Obama administration completed 127, according to data from the Center for Regulatory Studies at George Washington University
The process of overturning an unwanted regulation usually takes at least a year, and the reversal of an executive action can be achieved by signing, said Susan Dudley, who heads the Center for Regulatory Studies and previously oversaw the George W. Bureau of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Bush.
“Not every midnight regulation is inappropriate, but it gets more annoying if they rush without adequate analysis or criticism or commitment,” Dudley said. “Without prejudice, it also binds the hands of the next administration. This means that the next administration will have to devote resources to deciding whether to change it. “