Routine Memoranda

Yesterday four action items were posted on the White House website. Three were fairly routine, although important, memoranda. A fourth is an executive order that I will review separately.

Two are extensions of the national emergency declarations made by previous presidents with regard to North Korea and the Western Balkans.

The third is delegation for presidential authority on one section of the bill cited.

Official Titles:

All signed June 21, 2017

Cuba and Father’s Day

Yesterday two actions were posted – one routine (Father’s Day Proclamation) and the other not so routine. On the other hand, maybe we will need to start considering the actions taken to undo accomplishments of the Obama era as routine, because we are seeing so many of them.

The controversial action of yesterday was the rollback of some of the provisions in the Obama agreement with Cuba to move toward more normalized relations between the two countries.

In several of the media reports, Marco Rubio (2nd generation Cuban American) is mentioned as a key player behind this action. Even though the memorandum cites two memoranda of President Obama, I find it somewhat interesting this action is just a memorandum rather than an executive order, that might have more legal effect. Perhaps it is because this memorandum is largely about making changes to regulations that require a long process of public reaction time before going into effect.

No matter, the intended goals of this action are not truly in the best interest of the United States or the Cuban people as it claims. Many will be negatively affected by the return of more stringent restrictions on travel, for example.

Official Titles:

Memorandum and Proclamation signed June 16, 2017

Hiatus is Over

The last two-week period has been the longest stretch between actions for this president. Today for the first time since June 1, several actions have been posted on the White House website. Three are dated yesterday (June 13) and two are dated today.

The first three are routine memoranda extending decisions made by previous presidents.

Those dated today include the standard proclamation of Flag Day and Flag Week.

Dated June 13, 2017:

Dated June 14, 2017:


Jerusalem Embassy Delayed (Again)

Given promises made publicly and prominently earlier by POTUS 45 to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, I was curious to know what he would actually do when faced with the expiration of the previous order. Today we have the answer – he followed the lead of his predecessors and signed the waiver as has been done every six months since the law was passed in October 1995 citing “national security”.

Temporary sanity prevails, at least on this one issue.

For a little more detail on this subject, see my December 1, 2016 post.

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State

Memorandum dated June 1, 2017

Four Proclamations May 31

Back from his first international trip, the hiatus of actions ends.

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims June 2017 as Great Outdoors Month

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims June 2017 as African-American Music Appreciation Month

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims June 2017 as National Ocean Month

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims June 2017 as National Homeownership Month

Proclamations dated May 31, 2017

Five Proclamations

Proclamations signed May 19, 2017