How do agencies plan and implement an executive order?

With a little more than two weeks into his administration and President Donald Trump has signed eight executive orders, plus several other presidential memoranda.

The roll-out of some executive orders, particularly the President’s orders on immigration and border security, has some lawmakers, including Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ranking Member Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), questioning whether the president went through the typical planning and implementation process.

“We did the know the EO was coming,” Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said during a Jan. 31 press conference on the department’s implementation of the immigration order. “We had people involved in the general drafting of it. Clearly, this whole approach was part of [what] then-candidate Trump talked about for a year or two, so we knew all this was coming.”

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