President Donald Trump has just appeared in front of reporters in the Oval Office for the first time.
On Thursday evening, in between inaugural events, President Trump signed his first executive order, which White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said was to “ease the burden of Obamacare” pending a replacement. The White House did not offer any further explanation about what that means.
The order itself says that the secretary of Health and Human Services and other relevant agencies shall “exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.”
Spicer also said that Trump had signed an executive order issuing a government-wide regulatory freeze.
In addition, Trump signed documents allowing James Mattis to be sworn in as Defense secretary and John Kelly to be sworn in as secretary of Homeland Security.
This was the first time the public got to see the new Oval Office, which now has golden drapes in place of the crimson drapes President Obama had up. A bust of Winston Churchhill is also now back in the room; President George W. Bush had this on display during his presidency, but it was removed by President Obama.
Joining Trump in the White House tonight were Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Counselor to President Kellyanne Conway, Senior Adviser Stephen Miller, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks, and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn,
President Trump left the White House in order to attend the inaugural ball, during which he and Melania Trump will have their first dance as president and first lady.