RNC official: Obama lecturing Trump on executive orders ‘ironic’
A top Republican National Committee (RNC) official says it’s “ironic” that President Obama is advising President-elect Donald Trump against using executive orders to advance his agenda.
“It’s a bit ironic,” RNC communications director Sean Spicer told Fox News’s Bill Hemmer on “America’s Newsroom” Wednesday. “But in some ways, though, well-taken. President-elect Donald Trump is going to make sure he does that.”
Spicer said Trump would not hesitate to use executive power to reverse Obama’s own actions and implement his own.
“Day one is going to be a day of immediate change coming to Washington,” he said. “[Trump’s] got a stack of executive orders that will both repeal some of the actions of that have been taken over the last eight years but then also institute some of the reforms and actions that are needed.”
Spicer said Trump is resolute about immediately curbing the influence of lobbyists and changing trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
“The lobbying ban, for one, is going to come right away so people understand that they’re serving the government in this administration and not themselves. Withdrawing from TPP, the notification to renegotiate NAFTA, all of these things are going to happen on day one under President-elect Trump.”
Obama on Monday warned Trump against circumventing Congress when trying to enact his agenda.
“My suggestion to the president-elect is, you know, going through the legislative process is always better, in part because it’s harder to undo,” he told NPR’s Steve Inskeep on “Morning Edition.”
Obama said that Trump is “entirely within his lawful power” to sign his own executive orders but noted his “strong preference” was to cooperate with the legislative branch.
The president in 2014 famous vowed he would go it alone if Congress blocked his agenda.
“I’ve got a pen to take executive actions where Congress won’t, and I’ve got a telephone to rally folks around the country on this mission,” Obama said at the White House in January 2014.