Trump Didn’t Even Read Major Executive Order He Signed, So The Memes Were Right

by Alexandra Svokos

President Donald Trump is apparently happy to sign executive orders without reading them, although he's not always happy with the results of those signed orders.

The definitely-not-failing New York Times reported over the weekend the president is growing increasingly more frustrated that he doesn't know what's going on with those pesky executive orders he's signing to allow things like an immigration and refugee ban.

One of the biggest things Trump is annoyed about is how he allowed the rise of his chief strategist, Steve Bannon.

Trump added Bannon to the National Security Council's principals committee, which is the top group in the council, last week.

This move has been worrying many who care about national security. Aside from a lack of political experience, Bannon, former president of Breitbart News, has been tied to anti-Semitism and white nationalist views.

Retired Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for George W. Bush and Barack Obama, wrote,

Putting aside for a moment Mr. Bannon's troubling public positions, which are worrisome enough, institutionalizing his attendance threatens to politicize national security decision making.

Some have called this move a "coup" and a sign that Bannon is really the one in charge of the country.


That's what makes this detail from the Times so alarming. The article says Trump was angry that he was "not fully briefed on details of the executive order he signed giving his chief strategist a seat on the National Security Council."

Apparently that order is annoying Trump more so than the immigration ban, despite the international chaos that it caused over the past week.

Trump has now requested the White House set up some sort of formalized structure on the executive orders. He demanded to be "looped in" on the writing of the orders much earlier than he had been, the Times wrote.

So at least now, hopefully, Trump will actually know what he's signing before he sees the effect of it. That's confidence, fam!

Citations: NY Times subscriptions doubled in 2016 (The Hill), Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles (New York Times), With National Security Council Shakeup, Steve Bannon Gets A Seat At The Table (NPR), Report: Trump Wasn't Briefed On The Order That Named Steve Bannon To A Top National Security Council Seat (CNN), Report: Trump Wasn't Briefed On The Order That Named Steve Bannon To A Top National Security Council Seat (Uproxx), Former NSC member Mullen: Steve Bannon doesn't belong on the National Security Council (Politico)