Resumption of Refugee Admissions

I must admit I’m losing some edge in analyzing these executive orders. This one I have not completely grasped because of some vague language, but it appears to be sort of a “all’s good now that we have our ‘extreme vetting’ process in place” statement.

I wonder if it is another response to losing in the courts on this issue.

Official Title and Link: Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Sudan

Executive Order dated October 24, 2017


Six Memoranda

Sometimes life intervenes and the work of monitoring POTUS actions gets temporarily set aside.

Here are the six more or less routine actions labeled as memoranda signed since I last posted here. I say “labeled” because one of them is actually a proclamation.

Two are continuations of previously established national emergencies with regard to the Congo and Sudan.

The other three are memos to heads of departments and agencies – one to transportation regarding drones, one on the opioid crisis, and one about the temporary delay on release of some of the Kennedy assassination documents.

Official Titles and Links:

Memoranda signed from October 23 to 31, 2017

Minority Enterprise Development Week

Someone is asleep at the switch, or…?

This proclamation was not on the White House website yesterday when I checked, so it had to have been posted later yesterday or earlier today.

I think it was back-dated because the week was already in progress when he finally signed it after golfing over the weekend. Of course, that is pure speculation, but it if the shoe fits…

Also, is the focus of this proclamation and the lateness of its signing just a coincidence? I think this particular proclamation was simply not a priority, or perhaps even begrudging finally signed.

Official Title and Link: President Donald J. Trump Proclaims October 22 through October 28, 2017, as National Minority Enterprise Development Week

Proclamation dated October 20, 2017

New War Imminent?

Yesterday I read the latest executive order, but decided to wait a day to comment because I wanted a little more time to try to understand the implications.

After researching the sections of the statutes it refers to (sections 688 and 690 of title 10, United States Code), I am pretty sure I understand this correctly. This brief order authorizes the Secretaries of the various military services (e.g. Army, Navy, etc.) to recall retired military personnel. As best I can tell, it means any retired military, not just those most recently retired.

The order is an amendment to the original order by G.W. Bush done September 14, 2011 that ultimately allowed for the military build-up that preceded the 2nd Iraq war. Following is the language of the new amendment:

Amendment to Executive Order 13223. Section 1 of Executive Order 13223 is amended by adding at the end: “The authorities available for use during a national emergency under sections 688 and 690 of title 10, United States Code, are also invoked and made available, according to their terms, to the Secretary concerned, subject in the case of the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, to the direction of the Secretary of Defense.”

There is some evidence that action is already being taken as a result of this order. An Air Force Times article yesterday refers to a “shortage, retention crisis”. USA Today also posted a story on this yesterday.

The only explanation that makes sense to me is POTUS 45 is about to take us into war again. I hope I am wrong – on both, a. interpretation of the amendment language, and b. that a new war is imminent.

Official Title and Link:

Presidential Executive Order Amending Executive Order 13223

Executive Order signed October 20, 3017

Three Proclamations

All self-explanatory, as usual.

I have to say the irony of the last one is glaring.

Official Titles and Links:

Proclamations dated October 13, 2017