Trump Considering Executive Orders on China, Immigration, Manufacturing

Trump Considering Executive Orders on China, Immigration, Manufacturing
President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a Spirit of America Showcase at the White House on July 2, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Zachary Stieber

President Donald Trump is considering a number of executive orders, including one that would help reset the balance between the United States and China, chief of staff Mark Meadows said July 6.

“We’re going to be looking at how we make sure China is addressed, how we bring manufacturing back from overseas to make sure the American worker is supported,” Meadows said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

“We’re also going to look at a number of issues as it relates to immigration. We’re going to look at a number of issues at it relates to prescription drug prices. And we’re going to get them done when Congress couldn’t get them done.

“This president will do more in the next four weeks than Joe Biden and his team did in the last 40 years.”

In a gaggle outside the White House, the chief of staff also said Trump would look at resetting the balance between the United States and China.

The orders will come as Congress fails to act on a number of issues, Meadows said.

“It’s apparent that they’re not willing to stay here and get the people’s work done,” he said. “In fact, they’re disappearing for almost three weeks. I don’t know that in this particular environment, that you can stand by and say, ‘We can just take a three-week vacation.’ Most Americans don’t get that.”

The House of Representatives and Senate adjourned this week; senators plan to reconvene on July 20.

The House, which has started conducting some business remotely, is also scheduled to reconvene that day.

Lawmakers are negotiating on what will be included in the next CCP virus-related package. Both sides say they hope to pass the package later this month.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters last week that at least one committee would remain in Washington during the next two weeks to do work.

“Many people will be here. Some will be virtual, some of it hybrid, some of it actual, some of the virtual. We'll see. But Congress will be intensely working, not just Appropriations Committee,” she said.

Trump has signed a number of executive orders in recent weeks.

One established an outdoor park celebrating American heroes, while another is meant to protect monuments, memorials, and statues. A third implemented measures that Trump said will reform law enforcement.