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Trump signs executive orders, targets TPP and federal hiring

President Trump signs executive orders on Monday in the Oval Office. (Source: CNN) President Trump signs executive orders on Monday in the Oval Office. (Source: CNN)
President Trump is shown in a meeting with business leaders. He signed executive orders Monday. (Source: CNN) President Trump is shown in a meeting with business leaders. He signed executive orders Monday. (Source: CNN)

(RNN) - President Trump signed executive orders and a memorandum on his first full work day of his presidency, some of which addressed campaign pledges he made.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer, in his first daily briefing, characterized the Trans-Pacific Partnership action as a "memorandum," which announced the intention of the nation to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

A second statement announced a federal government hiring freeze, and a third cut off funding for international groups that perform abortions, according to media reports.

Details of those actions were not yet available, but according to Politico, the military was exempted from the hiring freeze.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer characterized the abortion action as the "Mexico City Policy."

The policy, whoch had been rescinded since Jan. 23, 2009. "had required foreign nongovernmental organizations to certify that they will not perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning using funds generated from any source as a condition for receiving USAID family planning assistance," according to USAID.

Spicer said, "It is no secret that Trump is a pro-life president."

House Speaker Paul Ryan applauded the signing of the actions.

“President Trump is wasting no time acting on his promises," he said. "Already, he has laid the groundwork to protect Americans struggling under Obamacare. He has renewed President Reagan’s policy to ensure American taxpayers are not forced to subsidize abortions anywhere in the world. He has followed through on his promise to insist on better trade agreements. And by instituting a hiring freeze, he has taken a critical first step toward reining in Washington bureaucracy."

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader, noted that the Democrats have opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership and urged him to move beyond symbolic action.

“Democrats hope that today’s largely symbolic action will be followed by more serious steps to raise wages and create more good-paying jobs for hard-working Americans," she said. "If the president is serious about building an economy that works for American workers, Democrats are serious about working constructively toward common ground.”

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Obama administration had worked on, had been criticized by both Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Trump signed his first executive order on Friday, targeting Obamacare.

Reince Priebus, the chief of staff, also directed the heads of executive departments and agencies to enact a regulatory freeze. Except in the case of emergency, "send no regulation to the Office of the Federal Register (the "OFR") until a department or agency head appointed or designated by the President after noon on January 20, 2017, reviews and approves the regulation," the memorandum stated.

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