NYT Blasts Trump’s Executive Actions
by Stephen Lendman
The Times is militantly anti-Trump, blasting him irresponsibly throughout the campaign season, continuing its assault post-election, still unrelenting since he took office.
Its unstated concern is over how he’s challenging some long established policies – like killing TPP, TTIP to follow according to his chief trade advisor, wanting Obamacare repealed and replaced, as well as saying he’d like to improve relations with Russia.
The Times: He’s “pumping out executive orders and memorandums aimed at turning his campaign pledges into action…”
“He has issued more than a dozen orders and memorandums, often without significant review by Congress or federal lawyers, and always with little regard for the agencies responsible for overseeing the outcome.”
Fact: Though not constitutionally authorized, executive orders in America are longstanding, issued by presidents to set forth and manage administration policies – subject to congressional or legal challenge.
Nearly all presidents used them, beginning with George Washington, issuing 8 EOs. Lincoln issued 48, Theodore Roosevelt 1,081, Woodrow Wilson 1,803, Franklin Roosevelt the all-time EO issuer with 3,522.
Bill Clinton issued 364, GW Bush 291 and Obama 275. Trump has a long way to go to catch or surpass them. Obama issued more presidential memoranda than any other US president.
Combined with EOs, he issued more executive actions than any US president since Harry Truman, including the imposition of illegal sanctions on Russia and Iran. No Times outrage followed.
All presidents rely heavily on advisors and administration officials, Trump no exception. The Times saying he’s “pumping out executive orders and memorandums” on his own without review is utter nonsense.
They’re written by lawyers in clear, precise, detailed language so they’ll hold up under legal scrutiny – even though at times they can judicially be ruled unconstitutional if challenged in federal courts.
The Times wants Trump denigrated and delegitimized, his agenda undermined. In contrast, it supported Obama’s worse crimes, along with the horrors committed by the Clintons and Bush/Cheney.
Trump blasted media “dishonesty,” “lying” and “fake news” numerous times. In three January 28 tweets, he said:
“The failing @nytimes has been wrong about me from the very beginning. Said I would lose the primaries, then the general election. FAKE NEWS!”
“Th(e) coverage about me in the @nytimes and the @washingtonpost has been so false and angry that the times actually apologized to its…..”
“…dwindling subscribers and readers.They got me wrong right from the beginning and still have not changed course, and never will. DISHONEST.”
He justifiably explained both publications, others, and most television news produce “false and angry” reports about him.
He’s using his bully pulpit to fight back – reaching over 23 million followers via Twitter alone, the number growing daily.
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