Proclamation for January

After a little searching online, it appears the designation of January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month began with congressional authorization in 2010, and first proclaimed by President Obama for January 2011.

While this is now and annual routine, it still remains important.

Official Title and Link: President Donald J. Trump Proclaims January 2018 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Proclamation dated December 29, 2017


Two Actions Before Break

Yesterday POTUS 45 signed two routine actions – one executive order and one proclamation – before he left for Florida for several days over the holidays. Nothing much to say on either one.

Official Titles and Links:

Executive Order and Proclamation dated December 22, 2017

Blocking Property of Individuals

I have not looked into this deeper yet, but it appears to be a continuation of previous orders based on the Magnitzky act (as well as other laws). The list of individuals in the Annex to the order is shorter than I expected it to be and only includes a few Russians.

Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption

Executive Order dated December 21, 2017

Signing Statement on Defense Act

Upon signing the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018”, POTUS 45 issued a signing statement (now his seventh) that identifies concerns with the Congress’ attempts to limit or usurp executive authority.

This is not a new concern with Defense authorization bills. A year ago, President Obama also issued a strongly worded signing statement identifying several items as unconstitutionally attempting to control the executive branch.

While I have not taken the time to fully read and analyze the bill (and, at this point, I have no inclination to do so), based on some media reports earlier about what some members of Congress were trying to do, I suspect as least some of the provisions POTUS 45 objects to are related to putting some restraints on preemptive war, and, in particular, preemptive use of nuclear weapons. If that is the case, I applaud Congress’ efforts.

Official Title and Link: Statement by President Donald J. Trump on H.R. 2810

Signing Statement dated December 12, 2017

Space Exploration

Yesterday a memorandum was signed that revises a June 2010 policy directive regarding space exploration. The operative part is quoted below:

The paragraph beginning “Set far-reaching exploration milestones” is deleted and replaced with the following:

“Lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities. Beginning with missions beyond low-Earth orbit, the United States will lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization, followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations;”.

Official Title and Link: Presidential Memorandum on Reinvigorating America’s Human Space Exploration Program

Memorandum dated December 11, 2017

Four on 7th and 8th

Since my last post, four actions have been signed by POTUS 45.

On December 7th, the standard remembrance of Pearl Harbor proclamation was issued.

The following day, two proclamations and an executive order on various issues were signed. Nothing of great import, as far as I can tell.

Official Titles and Links:

Proclamations and Executive Order signed December 7 and 8, 2017