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Obama Uses Executive Orders To Make Trump’s Conservative Agenda Harder To Carry Out

It’s becoming increasingly clear that Democratic President Obama is using executive orders in the waning days of his term to try and make it difficult for President-elect Donald Trump to carry out his conservative agenda.

For example, although praised by some Republicans, Obama’s announcement on Thursday of sanctions on Russia for election-related hacking is clearly a major obstacle in Trump's way in terms of his desire to improve relations with Russia.

The Obama White House also permitted the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements earlier this week, a major step attacked by the Israeli government and Republican politicians in the US.

Obama also permanently banned oil and gas drilling across large areas of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, shut off 1.6 million acres of Western land to development by declaring the areas national monuments, and terminated all parts of an immigration registration system used almost exclusively to track Muslim immigrants.

All these actions taken together, and Obama’s claim that he could have won a third term, have clearly gotten under the skin of Trump and his team.

Trump attacked Obama with a tweet storm earlier this week.

“Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks,” he wrote. “Thought it was going to be a smooth transition - NOT!”

However, Trump spoke with Obama later in the day, pulling an about face and telling the media just six hours after his negative tweets that the transition was going “very, very smoothly.”

Soon-to-be White House press secretary Sean Spicer noted in an interview on Thursday that Obama’s executive orders could hamper his successor, although he also praised the White House for being “very helpful” with the logistics of the ongoing transition.

“Both the regulatory stuff, the executive orders that are on the way out...that [is] something that I believe, you know, makes it a little bit tougher in terms of the transition on the policy side,” Spicer commented in the radio interview.

Source: The Hill
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