by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Trump administration’s frenetic pace right out of the gate has confounded Democrats and kept the national press on its toes.
“Incredible pace of activity in the Trump White House on week one,” tweeted ABC News’ chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl. “When have we seen a public sked as packed as yesterday’s and today’s?”
Entering his first full week in office, President Trump has issued executive orders clearing the way for the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, pushing for relief from the costs imposed by Obamacare, reinstating a ban on public funds for international organizations that perform or advocate for abortion, and freezing both new regulations and federal hiring. …
… He’s even reshaped how the White House deals with press, by calling on non-mainstream news outlets first at the daily briefing, leaving wires and major TV networks waiting their turn.
Things are moving very quickly. “It’s important for Trump to throw a lot of balls in the air,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell.