Watch: President Trump Signs First Executive Order Instructing Agencies To Ease Burden Of Obamacare

Posted: Jan 20, 2017 7:50 PM
As Donald J. Trump’s Inauguration continues, the president took some time before the events to sign two documents allowing Marine Corps Generals James Mattis and John F. Kelly to serve as defense secretary and homeland security secretary respectively. The Senate confirmed both men overwhelmingly this afternoon.

President Trump also signed an executive order instructing all government agencies to do what they can to ease the burden of Obamacare, according to National Public Radio. It’s the first step to the law’s repeal, which the Trump administration has said is their number one priority. The president said that his replacement plan would cover everyone, but was scarce on the details.

NPR added that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also issued a memo to government agencies freezing future regulations. Gen. Mattis and Gen. Kelly were sworn into their respect roles with the Trump administration by Vice President Mike Pence.

President Trump is signing an executive order Friday night directing all government agencies to take steps to "ease the burdens of Obamacare" while the new administration and Congress work to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters. In addition, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is sending a memo to all government agencies calling for a freeze on regulations.