Within hours of assuming the presidency, President Biden signed a flurry of executive orders. He rejoined the Paris climate agreement, repealed the so-called Muslim travel ban and mandated the wearing of masks on federal property.
The actions had a theme: They either reversed former President Donald Trump’s actions or rebuked his general policy approach.
But governing by decree has a downside. We look at the potential positives of the orders and point out the pitfalls.
Guest: Michael D. Shear, a White House correspondent for The New York Times.
- Mr. Biden’s actions on Day 1 included orders on immigration, criminal justice and the climate.
- Here are the president’s 17 executive orders and other directives in detail.
- The U.S. has some catching up to do on the Paris climate agreement. Here’s an explainer on the history of the accord.
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