In his first five frenzied days in office, President Donald Trump has turned campaign rhetoric into executive action on issues ranging from building a wall on the U.S. - Mexico border to trying to unraveling years of energy and environmental policy. He signed orders intended to resurrect the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and to fast-track ''high priority'' infrastructure projects by truncating the review process for environmental impacts. Trump issued a freeze on hundreds of pending government regulations until his administration can review them, especially those involving environmental issues.
Energy and environment in the foreground
Many of Trump’s first actions have sparked major controversy. He has put a gag order on many federal agencies, forbidding them from communicating with Congress, the public and the media in a blatant attempt to gag dissent. Some of his most controversial actions have involved energy and the environment. In addition to breathing the possibility of new life into the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, he has begun efforts to dismantle dozens of regulations designed to protect clean water and air and to combat climate change. The president also remains obsessed with election results in which he won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote and has ordered an investigation of U.S. voter fraud, even though no credible evidence of any serious fraud exists.
A change of course in many areas
Trump also has acted rapidly to try to reduce the number of refugees allowed to settle in the United States and to prevent Syrians and others from ''terror prone'' nations from entering the U.S. In addition, he has threatened to strip cities and towns who assist undocumented immigrants of their federal funding. Trump told The New York Times that he sits in his private quarters obsessing on cable news at night - often blasting out tweets on major issues based on his emotional reaction to what he sees and hears. His wife and son remain in Trump’s New York City penthouse, though he said they will visit him on weekends.