Report: Trump using executive orders prepared for Romney in 2012

Report: Trump using executive orders prepared for Romney in 2012

The Trump White House is allegedly using more than than four dozen executive orders that were prepared for former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney if he had won the election.


Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt (R) told BuzzFeed that the potential orders were prepared during the 2012 campaign as part of the transition planning process and were never actually reviewed by Romney himself.


As one listed example, an order prepared for a potential Romney presidency was titled “Minimizing the Economic Burden of Obamacare Pending Repeal.” Trump on Monday signed an order with nearly the exact same title.


That executive order, however, was an updated version of the one to be considered by Romney, which called for the “prompt and complete repeal” of ObamaCare. Trump’s order, on the other hand, called only for a “prompt repeal,” leaving room for parts of former President Obama’s landmark healthcare law to remain in place.


Another document ordering a potential review of banned U.S. interrogation techniques and the CIA’s use of “black site” prisons overseas was also among the executive orders prepared for Romney, according to BuzzFeed.

Trump’s first days in office have been marked by a swift series of executive orders, ranging from a crackdown on illegal immigration to the reinstatement of a bygone policy banning funding to nonprofits that perform and discuss abortions abroad.