President Trump Plans Executive Orders On Wide-Ranging Topics In Final Days In Office

( For those who were surmising that President Donald Trump had already removed himself from the responsibilities of the office, think again.

According to White House senior aides, the president plans to push through some conservative policy in his final 10 weeks in office. These executive orders could include action on trade, China, school choice, health care and immigration, the aides said, according to Politico.

Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, had his senior aides on a call Monday, telling them each to provide him with three goals by the end of this week that the administration could do before Joe Biden is inaugurated president in January. The staffers have been hard at work preparing about 15 ideas that could be put into action through either finalizing agency rules, executive actions or executive orders.

According to the aides, the administration wants to finalize an immigration rule that would make H-1B visas stricter. Those visas currently allow employers in the U.S. to hire foreign workers if they need specialty occupations.

Another potential order would provide coronavirus relief funds to parents whose public school districts have shut down because of the pandemic. These funds could be used by the parents to help send their kids to parochial or private schools, if they still desired their children to have in-person learning.

The aides said that Trump wants to begin issuing these orders as quickly as possible. At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services and other are scrambling to finalize rules they have been working on.

Some have questioned how legally binding these moves would be. Executive orders are mostly symbolic, and don’t hold a ton of long-lasting power. Still, the do have the effect of forcing the hand of Biden once he takes office.

As White House economic adviser Stephen Moore said:

“It will put pressure on Biden because a lot of the ideas are popular things. It would be a little politically tough for Biden to go into the White House and cancel them.”

Biden has already said that he plans to immediately undo some of Trump’s policies through his own executive orders. These potentially include overturning travel bans for countries with Muslim majorities, giving protections back to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. when they were children, re-entering the Paris climate accords, and other environmental and public health regulations.

Even still, senior aides said the president wants to make sure that his conservative ideas remain in place for as long as they possibly can. That’s why Meadows has implored senior aides to create this list, and he’s also been having discussions with Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, and Jared Kushner, a senior adviser, on other policy ideas.

Judd Deere, the deputy press secretary for the White House, said:

“Since taking office, President Trump has never shied away from using his lawful executive authority to advance bold policies and fulfill the promises he made to the American people, but I won’t speculate or comment on potential executive action.”