Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is warning that President Trump's decision to revoke the security clearances of top intelligence officials who've spoken out against the president's policies sets a dangerous precedent for the president to retaliate against those he disagrees with. "Security clearances are critical to our national security and decisions regarding security clearances ought to be based on national security issues. Our concern now is that security clearances are going to be used as a political tool to go after people that the president doesn't agree with or issues that the president may not agree with and we think that undermines the importance of security clearances particularly when it comes to national security," Panetta told CBS' "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan in an interview this week. Panetta was one of over a dozen former intelligence chiefs to sign onto a joint statement criticizing the president's order revoking the … [Read more...] about Leon Panetta warns security clearances could be used as “political tool” by Trump
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EXECUTIVE orders are a key tool for US presidents trying to make their mark without the approval of Congress. They are often in the news, and Donald Trump was not been shy to issue them during the early months of his presidency – but how do they work? Here's what you need to know... Donald Trump wasted no time in issuing executive orders to overturn Barack Obama's policies What is an executive order? The United States President, as the head of the Executive Branch, issues executive orders which are legally-binding. They usually direct officials in how they execute established laws or policies. However, in many instances they have been used to guide officers to carry out directions in contrary to established law. They are controversial for this reason because they allow the President to make major decisions, even law, without the consent of Congress. The basis of executive orders' authority lie in Article Two of the US Constitution. It states: "The executive Power shall be vested … [Read more...] about What is an executive order, how many has Donald Trump signed and what is the immigration order?
DONALD Trump has signed an executive order today to prevent migrant children being split up from their families at the US border with Mexico. Videos of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of kids crying for their mothers have quickly become a major crisis for the White House. While signing the order, Trump said: “It's about keeping families together. I did not like the sight of families being separated.” However, the brash billionaire added that his administration would continue its "zero tolerance policy" towards illegal immigration. The US President, speaking to reporters earlier at the White House, said he hoped that his measure would be matched with legislation. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen drafted the executive action for Trump that will direct her department to keep families together after they are detained crossing the border illegally. The effort to end the crisis for the Trump administration was outlined by two people familiar with Nielsen’s … [Read more...] about Donald Trump signs executive order to STOP ‘cruel’ treatment of children being taken away from migrant families
Darlene Superville Associated Press Published 1:47 p.m. UTC May 26, 2018 Washington – President Donald Trump on Friday signed a trio of executive orders to overhaul the federal bureaucracy by making it easier to fire federal workers for poor performance and misconduct, requiring that departments and agencies negotiate better union contracts and limiting the amount of time certain federal workers can spend on union business. Labor unions immediately criticized the moves. “These executive orders will make it easier for agencies to remove poor performing employees and ensure that taxpayer dollars are more efficiently used,” Andrew Bremberg, Trump’s chief domestic policy adviser, told reporters at a briefing. Bremberg said the orders fulfill Trump’s promise to “promote more efficient government by reforming our civil service rules.” Bremberg said surveys of federal employees show the vast majority do not believe their poor-performing … [Read more...] about Trump takes steps to ease firing of federal workers
Darlene Superville, Associated Press Updated 3:55 pm, Friday, May 25, 2018 Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 President Donald Trump give a thumbs up to members of the media as he arrives on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 25, 2018, after attending a graduation and commissioning ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. less President Donald Trump give a thumbs up to members of the media as he arrives on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 25, 2018, after attending a graduation and commissioning ceremony at ... more Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP Trump makes it easier to fire federal workers for misconduct 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday signed a trio of executive orders to … [Read more...] about Trump makes it easier to fire federal workers for misconduct