As the White House brags about President Trump signing “more executive orders than any other president in over a half century,” here is a reminder of how little Donald Trump thought of Executive Orders and the Presidents who signed them.
Trump On Executive Orders: “I Don’t Like Them And Our Country Wasn’t Based On Executive Orders.” “John Dickerson: Let me ask you about executive orders in general. Like them, don’t like them, that the president uses them to go around Congress? Donald Trump: Well, I don’t like them. And our country wasn’t based on executive orders…” [“Face the Nation,” CBS, 1/3/16]
Trump: Here’s A Guy Just Goes — He’s Given Up …. Just Goes And Signs Executive Orders On Everything. “Nobody really knew that we even had an executive order, such a thing. It’s supposed to be you get along with Congress, and you cajole, and you go back and forth, and everybody gets in a room and we end up with deals. And there’s compromise on lots of other things, but you end up with deals. Here’s a guy just goes — he’s given up on the process and he just goes and signs executive orders on everything.everything.” [“Face the Nation,” CBS, 1/3/16]
Trump: “You Shouldn’t Do It Through Executive Order.” “President Obama has been hitting the Second Amendment, and he would like to hit it very hard. Number one, you shouldn’t do it through executive order. You should get together with the Republicans, and the Democrats, and work something out. And, that’s the way it’s supposed to be done, not by the signing of an executive order.” [“Fox News Sunday,” Fox, 1/10/16]
Trump: “All He Does Is Sign Executive Orders.” “Now, he’s done executive orders, he’s done it on the border, he’s done it all over the place. I mean, I don’t think — does he meet with anybody anymore? All he does is sign executive orders. The one on the border was just overturned, and who knows what’s going to happen, but it’s a big legal mess.” [“Fox News Sunday,” Fox, 1/10/16]
Trump Opposed President Obama’s Use Of Executive Orders: “I Have A Real Problem With The Way It’s Done.” “But, you got to get the people in a room, and you got to talk to them, and cajole them, and see if we can do something. So, I have a real problem with the way it’s done, and I have a real problem anytime you start knocking, and taking chunks out of the Second Amendment.” [“Fox News Sunday,” Fox, 1/10/16]
Trump On Executive Orders: “It’s Supposed To Be Negotiated…. He Doesn’t Want To Do That Because It’s Too Much Work … He Wants To Go Back And Play Golf.” “You know, the one thing that is just before we even get to that is the executive order concept. You know, it’s supposed to be negotiated. You’re supposed to a cajole, get people in a room, you have Republicans, Democrats, you’re supposed to get together and pass a law. He doesn’t want to do that because it’s too much work. So he doesn’t want to work too hard. He wants to go back and play golf.” [“New Day,” CNN, 1/4/16]
Published: Apr 25, 2017