Trump kicked off his first full workweek with a breakfast with corporate leaders followed by a call with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi and meetings with union workers and congressional leaders.
Monday opened with a “listening session” with leaders of some of the country’s largest corporations – who stayed longer than planned to continue talking with Trump in the Oval Office. The president promised the group he would cut taxes, fast-track their plans to open factories and wipe out at least 75 percent of government regulations. In exchange, Trump said companies must stay in the country and continue employing Americans.
Trump signed a memorandum ordering the formal end of the United States’ participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a long-standing campaign promise, “We’ve been talking about it for a long time,” Trump said as he held up the order. “Great thing for the American worker.”
Then came an executive order that would implement a hiring freeze for many jobs in the federal government, another promise Trump made on the campaign trail. “Except for the military,” the president said as he signed the order. “Except for the military.”
Finally, Trump signed an order resurrecting an abortion-related rule known as the Mexico City policy. The policy forbids foreign nongovernmental organizations that receive federal funding from performing or promoting abortion services through their work in other countries. Since 1984, the rule has been in place under Republican presidents while being repealed by Democratic residents of the Oval Office.