Former House Speaker Newt Gringrich predicted that President-elect Donald Trump will take about majority of the executive orders issued by Barack Obama after he assumes office in January. As noted by Gingrich, Trump may consider this action because many of these EOs were made without the approval of Congress.
Following the election, Obama met with Trump on multiple occasions to reportedly discuss future policies of the incoming administration. During one of these sessions, Obama advised Trump to seek the approval of Congress in enacting polices since these will be harder to undo once they pass.
This, of course, goes against what Obama actually did in his administration by bypassing Congress to enact his various executive orders. Since many of these were passed without the approval of Congress, and that some do not benefit the majority, Trump could very repeal many of these orders.
According to Gingrich, who ran for president under the Republican Party in 2012, Trump may dissolve as much as 70 percent of the executive orders implemented by Obama.
“I think in the opening days, he’s going to repeal 60 to 70 percent of Obama’s legacy by simply vetoing out all of the various executive orders that Obama used because he couldn’t get anything through Congress,” Gingrich said according to The Washington Times.
“I think President Obama is beginning to figure out that his legacy is like one of those dolls that as the air comes out of it, it shrinks and shrinks and shrinks,” he added.
Unlike Obama, Trump will probably not have a hard time passing new polices through Congress since majority of the seats in the House are now occupied by members of the Republican Party. This means that through majority support, Trump will not have to resort to issuing executive orders in carrying out most of his policies.