foreign refugees and foreign lobbyists note the impact of Trump’s recent executive orders



Trump has signed many executive orders. The details are complicated and there may be exceptions – e.g. Trump froze most federal hiring but allowed an exception for recruiting more soldiers.

Trump took some action against some lobbyists, but it is not clear whether this poses any challenge to AIPAC.

Reuters reports that a judge took legal action to block Trump from deporting certain foreigners.

The following is quoted from Reuters:

Capping a day of confusion and chaos and protests in several airports across the country, a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, granted a temporary reprieve. The American Civil Liberties Union successfully argued for a temporary stay that allowed detained travelers to stay in the United States.

Supporters outside the Brooklyn courtroom and at protests at airports in Dallas, Chicago, New York and elsewhere cheered the decision, but a bigger fight lay ahead.

The court action does not reverse Trump’s order…

President Donald Trump on Saturday put restrictions on the kind of lucrative lobbying gigs his White House aides and other administration officials can accept after they leave government.

Trump, a Republican businessman whose campaign was based in part on getting rid of Washington insiders, had pledged during last year’s election campaign to “drain the swamp” of political practices that he said made politicians beholden to business interests.

On his executive order making good on that pledge, Trump said his appointees would agree to refrain from lobbying their own agency for five years after leaving, and would not lobby any government appointee for two years.

Trump’s order also requires his officials to agree to a lifetime ban on working on behalf of foreign governments or foreign political parties.

Trump himself has come under pressure to distance himself from his business interests, and put his sons in charge of his company, which owns hotels, golf courses and other real estate around the world. Ethics watchdogs have said the arrangement does not prevent conflicts of interest.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton; editing by Bill Rigby and Grant McCool)

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