Obama Praises Biden's Slew of Crippling Executive Orders: 'A Time for Boldness'
Former president gushes over Trump policy reversals
Former President Barack Obama praised Joe Biden's sweeping executive orders calling it a "time for boldness."
Biden signed 17 executive orders within hours of entering the Oval Office, with 10 orders relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The orders reversed President Donald Trump's policies, including orders to roll back protections for the unborn and dismantle border security.
Obama gushed about the executive orders on Twitter:
"This is a time for boldness, and President Biden is already delivering."
This is a time for boldness and President Biden is already delivering.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 21, 2021
By rejoining the Paris climate accords on day one, he declared loudly and clearly that the U.S. will once again lead the fight against climate change.
And this is only the beginning. https://t.co/6cSS49lkyx
"By rejoining the Paris climate accords on day one, he declared loudly and clearly that the U.S. will once again lead the fight against climate change," Obama added.
"And this is only the beginning."
Biden’s executive order to rescind the permit for TC Energy to build the Keystone XL pipeline was the biggest hit to the economy.
The move is costing as many as 11,000 Americans jobs, including 8,000 union positions.
Biden also renewed the U.S. commitment to the Paris climate agreement just three years after President Trump withdrew support.
Trump pointed out the unfair deal, which negatively affected the United States' interests and resulted in job losses.
On Thursday, Republican Senator Rand Paul urged Biden to reassure Americans that he would not turn the United States into a socialist dystopia.
Both Paul and his colleague Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) would be “key” in preventing such a transformation.
“I think most importantly, what we have to hear is that he’s not going to radically transform the country into some sort of socialist dystopia,” he said.
Biden also issued a "pause" for 100 days on all deportations of illegal immigrants.
A review of immigration enforcement policies was signed by Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary David Pekoske in a memorandum.
The 100-day pause will begin Friday, of "certain noncitizens ordered deported."
DHS said in a statement:
"The pause will allow DHS to ensure that its resources are dedicated to responding to the most pressing challenges that the United States faces, including immediate operational challenges at the southwest border in the midst of the most serious global public health crisis in a century."