Qualcomm vs. Broadcom

The most significant executive order in quite some time was issued yesterday. From reading it (and what little I have heard about it in the media so far), this is an action I can fully support, as rare as that is with this POTUS!

The threat to national security is enormous if the takeover of Qualcomm by Broadcom was to occur. Having non-U.S. companies own near monopoly technologies that are essential to contemporary communication networks is not an acceptable reality.

It is very good that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States issued its warning on March 4 so the threat would be taken seriously by this White House.


Official Title and Link:

Presidential Order Regarding the Proposed Takeover of Qualcomm Incorporated by Broadcom Limited

Executive Order issued March 12, 2018

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Catching Up

Life sometimes intervenes to delay my review of recent POTUS actions, but sometimes just plain disgust with the whole regime, including the GOP Congress and party as a whole, settles in and motivation to read, review, and comment is so diminished I just procrastinate. Example of procrastination: Today I finally got around to publishing a post I drafted a week ago, then forgot.

To catch up, here are the actions posted by the White House since February 8. I’m going to just list them for the record (in order of their appearance on that site) without comment, because I have only given them a cursory reading and they all appear to be more or less routine.

[Ed. Note: With this post, I have decided to create and use tags that are being used on the White House website. A while back, the site was redesigned and the two things I noticed immediately were: 1) tags to categorize the presidential actions, and 2) inclusion of “Nominations and Appointments” to their listings. The former might prove to be useful, the latter just clutters up the site. I would have preferred they added “Signing Statements” to this list instead, but so far they must still be found in a different place.]


Official Titles and Links:

  • Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense
  •  Presidential Message to the Congress of the United States
  •  Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Libya
  •  Presidential Message to the Congress of the United States
  •  Presidential Sequestration Order for Fiscal Year 2019

Memoranda and Proclamation dated from February 9 through 15, 2018

Delegation to Defense

This appears to be yet another routine delegation of authority. Following is the operative section of the memorandum:

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby delegate to the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Director of National Intelligence, the functions and authorities vested in the President by section 1238 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Public Law 115-91).


Official Title and Link: Presidential Memorandum on the Delegation of Certain Functions and Authorities under Section 1238 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018

Memorandum dated February 5, 2018

School Choice Week

Apparently too busy changing his mind on DACA last week to sign this proclamation before the week it begins. I’m guessing a certain constituency of his is not amused.


Official Title and Link: President Donald J. Trump Proclaims January 21 through January 27, 2018, as National School Choice Week

Proclamation dated January 22, 2018

Sanctity of Human Life Day

According to this brief article, the original designation of this day was done by proclamation of President Reagan in 1984 as a bold declaration in support of the anti-abortion movement. The date chosen, January 22, 1984, was the eleventh anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision of the Supreme Court.

Reagan and his immediate successor continued the annual proclamation. Presidents Clinton and Obama did not continue the practice, but G.W. Bush did.

Although POTUS 45 was in office in time to do so last year, this year is the first time he has issued a similar proclamation.

So far, this is the first proclamation I can recall reviewing (dating back to November 2016) that is so blatantly partisan. It is, in effect, issued for a minority of the current American population.


Official Title and Link: President Donald J. Trump Proclaims January 22, 2018, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day

Proclamation dated January 19, 2018