All over the news the last few days in anticipation, this now official act recognizes the capital of Israel as Jerusalem and declares the U.S. embassy will be moved there. Because it is getting so much coverage, I will make only brief comments this time.
Some have questioned the timing of the action. On the one hand, it may well be doing this now provides a needed distraction from other controversies, such as the Russian investigation and the tax bill, and that is why routine extension was not the chosen action. On the other hand, some kind of action was going to be needed under any circumstances, because every six months since the late 1990s presidents have delayed moving the embassy to Jerusalem for purposes of stability and peace negotiation in the middle-east.
I am in agreement with the majority of the world in believing this action is more likely to create conflict and bloodshed than aid in any peace agreement.
[Ed. Note: For a little more background, see what I wrote about this in June and also last December.]
Official Title and Link: Presidential Proclamation Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel and Relocating the United States Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem
Proclamation dated December 6, 2017
Yesterday a routine memorandum was posted that delegates authority of the president to the Secretary of State as authorized by the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act. This time is has to do with Iraq.
Official Title and Link:
Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State
Memorandum dated December 5, 2017
One brief memorandum was signed and posted yesterday. Following a report on the adequate supply of oil from other sources, the sanction on Iranian oil continues.
Official Title and Link: Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of Energy
Memorandum dated November 16, 2017
Official Title and Link: President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 9, 2017, as World Freedom Day
Proclamation dated November 8, 2017
Yesterday four more routine memoranda were posted. All are related to extensions of declarations of national emergencies. Iran and Burundi are the countries cited in three of them. The other one is with regard to proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Most likely all of these were in the works before POTUS 45 began his current trip to Asia.
Official Titles and Links:
Memoranda dated November 6, 2017
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
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