Two Actions August 15

Yesterday two official actions were taken by POTUS 45. One was a routine continuation of past actions dating to 2001 and the other was an executive order regarding infrastructure. The latter was to be the focus of his press conference and intended to be the story that dominated the news cycle.

That did not happen because he “went rogue” and proved again who he really is.

Official Titles and Links:

Memorandum and Executive Order dated August 15, 2017

Two Memoranda July 29

Not much has been posted in the past week, but a few days ago two memoranda related to continuing Lebanon as a national emergency situation were posted. One was the official notice for the Federal Register and the other a letter to Congress indicating the same.

As I have written before, designations of national emergency with regard to various countries or situations around the world automatically expire after 90 days unless the president issues notice of continuance. The emergency with regard to Lebanon was originally issued August 1, 2007 and has been continued since.

Official Titles and Links:

Memoranda dated July 29, 2017

Colombia Drug Trade

I overlooked this memorandum earlier when checking for updates of presidential actions. It dates back a few days.

It is a memo to the secretaries of State and Defense that announces a routine continuation of earlier action of 1995. The Subject: “Continuation of U.S. Drug Interdiction Assistance to the Government of Colombia.”

Official Title and Link: Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense

Memorandum dated July 21, 2017

Manufacturing Base

While this order appears to be routine, it may turn out to be much more than that. Essentially it orders the study of manufacturing and the defense industrial base. Within 270 days a report is to be produced that identifies problems and recommends actions to remedy the problems, including possible legislation.

I suspect the intent is to eventually create more ways for this administration’s cronies to benefits from defense spending.

Official Title and Link: Presidential Executive Order on Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States

Executive order dated July 21, 2017