Within hours of assuming the presidency, President Biden signed a flurry of executive orders. He rejoined the Paris climate agreement, repealed the so-called Muslim travel ban and mandated the wearing of masks on federal property.
The actions had a theme: They either reversed former President Donald Trump’s actions or rebuked his general policy approach.
But governing by decree has a downside. We look at the potential positives of the orders and point out the pitfalls.
Guest: Michael D. Shear, a White House correspondent for The New York Times.
Background reading:Mr. Biden’s actions on Day 1 included orders on immigration, criminal justice and the climate.Here are the president’s 17 executive orders and other directives in detail.The U.S. has some catching up to do on the Paris climate agreement. Here’s an explainer on the history of the accord.
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