President Donald Trump’s first months in agency ought to have filled with a flurry of activity, and he’s merely getting started.
The 45 th chairperson has signed 78 executive actions so far, with far-reaching results on Americans’ lives.
There are technically three types of executive actions, which each have different authority and results, with executive orderings holding the most prestige 😛 TAGEND
1. Executive orderings are allocated numbers and published in the federal register, similar to statutes passed by Congress, and typically direct members of the executive branch to follow a new policy or directive. Trump has issued 30 orders.
2. Presidential memoranda do not have to be published or numbered( though they can be ), and usually delegate tasks that Congress has already allocated the president to members of the executive branch. Trump has issued 27 memoranda.
3. Finally, although some proclamations like President Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation have carried immense weight, most are ceremonial observances of federal holidays or awareness months. Trump has issued 21 proclamations.
Scholars have typically used the number of executive orderings per term to measure how much chairmen have exercised their power. George Washington simply signed eight his entire time in agency, according to the American Presidency Project, while FDR penned over 3,700.