White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed on Monday that Donald Trump’s executive actions are “a lot different” from executive actions taken by former President Barack Obama.
While taking questions from reporters, McEnany was asked why Trump had taken executive actions on financial relief for COVID-19 if he had constantly criticized his predecessor for using executive orders.
“How are the president’s actions this weekend any different from President Obama?” the reporter wondered.
“They are a lot different,” McEnany replied. “When you consider the fact that President Barack Obama utilized executive orders to push forward policy that he denied that he had the right to push forward 23 times on DACA.”
“I’ve already listed and enumerated the various legal authorities on the part of the president,” she said, pointing to Trump’s signature on the Cares Act, which did not give the president authority to create additional executive actions.
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