Then there's his executive order aimed at allowing border agents more freedom to detain undocumented immigrants and end the policy of "catch and release" that other presidents have allowed and President Obama revived last year.
And the third big one was the executive order removing the Obama administration roadblocks for the Keystone and Dakota Access oil pipeline products.
Now comes the hard part: Actually enacting the new policies President Trump has promised. And for that, he needs to work with Congress. You can say the relationship status between President Trump and Congress, even with the GOP-controlled Congress, is: "It's complicated." After his address to the GOP Congressional retreat in Philadelphia Thursday, we can see that President Trump isn't going to alter his ideology to fit the conservative agenda. Instead, he's going to continue to push the Republicans to alter their agenda to fit his. Now the question is: Can it work?
This is an important question and distinction because the new president is simply not an ideological Republican, Democrat, or really anything else with an existing political label. He has an agenda that includes classic conservative goals like tax cuts and appointing strict constructionist judges, but also more populist policies like border security and ripping up trade deals. And President Trump clearly doesn't think it's his job to find a way to coordinate those differing ideologies. The Republicans will just have to deal it.
And here's perhaps the most important caveat: If the Republicans can be pressured not to break ranks, Trump can get almost all of his agenda passed. When former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid used the so-called "nuclear option" to eliminate the filibuster rule, a simple majority became all that was needed to get legislation passed. Trump began his public push to keep the GOP in line with his speech at Thursday's retreat. The speech at the Joint Session of Congress that President Trump gives next month will be a key continuation of that effort, along with a clear message to the handful of Democrats who might be willing to vote for one or two Trump-favored bills.
And those Democrats had better be listening, too, because they're about to find out that obstructing President Trump at every turn like the Republicans mostly did to President Obama won't work so well for them. GOP Congressional candidates won big 2010 and 2014 midterm victories because the majority of the public really didn't seem to like Obamacare or the way it was jammed through the legislative process. They also didn't see enough of a positive effect from the stimulus.
But the Trump team has a much more far-reaching agenda that goes beyond partisan lines and is simply so varied that it's not likely the Democrats will bet their electoral wad on opposing any one or even two issues. That's especially true when the White House is favoring a lot of Democrat-sounding issues, like lowering drug prices, boosting infrastructure spending, fighting outsourcing, oh an a border TAX. (That's right, a Republican … proposing a tax!)