President Trump signed an executive order Monday designed to fulfill his campaign pledge reduce red tape for businesses.
The two-page order requires that when a federal agency proposes new regulations, "it shall identify at least two existing regulations to be repealed."
“We want to make the life easier for small businesses” and big business, Trump said Monday from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, where he met with nine representatives of the small-business sector.
A number of U.S. diplomats are condemning President Trump's ban on some Muslim immigrants and visitors, saying the abrupt order does not make the U.S. safer and will only stoke anti-American fervor overseas.
The complaint, being made through the State Department's so-called dissent channel, echoes criticism coming from human rights attorneys, legal experts and lawmakers from both political parties, as well as world leaders.
It is significant because it represents the viewpoint of the men and women who must carry out Trump's unconventional and often provocative foreign policy.
The announcement was moved up two days amid the continued fallout from the executive action Trump signed temporarily banning refugee admissions from some countries. Trump had tweeted last week that he would announce his high-court decision Thursday.
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network on Friday, Trump said his administration was doing some final vetting of his choice to replace the late Antonin Scalia, and that the pick would be from among the list of 20 names he issued during the election campaign.
Dr. Kamal Fadlalla, a hospital resident who has been working in New York for the last 20 months, was stuck in Sudan on Sunday, having gone there to see his family earlier this month.
He had left Jan. 13, was due to return Feb. 4 but tried to return on Friday after hearing about President Trump's executive order on immigration, which suspended entry for people from seven countries, including Sudan.
He made it past passport control, all the way to the gate at the airport in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.
Only a few of the state's 14 Republican representatives have publicly commented on an executive order signed by President Trump on Friday that barred refugees and green card holders from seven countries from entering the country.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) released a statement Sunday night saying that some tweaks are needed, but that his background as chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee leads him to support the executive order.
"In light of attempts by jihadist groups to infiltrate fighters into refugee flows to the West, along with Europe’s tragic experience coping with this problem, the Trump administration’s executive order on refugees is a common-sense security measure to prevent terror attacks on the homeland," Nunes said. "While accommodations should be made for green card holders and those who’ve assisted the U.S. armed forces, this is a useful temporary measure on seven nations of concern until we can verify who is entering the United States."