Trump to put 'regulatory reform officers' in U.S. agencies: official

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Posted: Feb 24, 2017 9:07 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order on Friday to place "regulatory reform officers" and task forces within federal agencies as part of his push to slash regulations, a White House official said.

Trump has vowed a sweeping cut in U.S. regulations and previously ordered agencies to repeal two rules for every new one adopted. On Thursday, he met with chief executive officers of two dozen major U.S. companies and talked about the need for reducing regulations to boost job creation.

The Republican president planned to sign the order at noon EST (1700 GMT).

Trump's chief strategist, former Breitbart News executive editor Steve Bannon, told a gathering of political conservatives on Thursday that deregulation remained a top priority for the administration.

Bannon called the deregulation agenda "the deconstruction of the administrative state."

(Reporting by David Shephardson; Editing by Franklin Paul and Lisa Von Ahn)