CNN anchor dubs Trump 'hypocrite-in-chief' for signing 50 executive orders

CNN anchor Erin Burnett labeled President Trump the "hypocrite-in-chief" on Thursday after the president signed his 50th executive order in office.

"Hypocrite-in-chief — President Trump doing something today he harshly criticized President Obama for doing. Trump signed his 50th executive order today," Burnett said on her show "Out Front." 

Trump earlier Thursday signed an executive order directing government agencies to begin to roll back parts of ObamaCare, after Republicans in Congress failed to pass legislation to repeal and replace former President Obama's signature health care law. 


Burnett noted that on the campaign trail Trump frequently took to criticizing Obama for signing executive orders when he was in office.

"We have a president that can't get anything done so he just keeps signing executive orders all over the place," Trump said in January 2016, according to The Washington Post.

“Nobody wants to listen to [Obama], including the Democrats, so he just goes around signing executive orders," he said in November 2015. 

However, his criticism of Obama's executive orders goes back further than the campaign trail. 

"Why is @BarackObama constantly issuing executive orders that are major power grabs of authority? This is the latest," Trump tweeted in 2012.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony This week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill US-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' MORE (R-Ky.), who was also critical of Obama's past executive action, defended Trump's health care order on Thursday, saying Trump was not creating a new law with the measure. 

"We've read the original law and we believe what the president did today is basically an interpretation of the original law, and doesn't create new territory," Paul said on CNN.