President making unprecedented moves

Published: Feb. 3, 2017 at 10:12 PM CST
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President Donald Trump has been inside the white house for two weeks now and most of his time as Commander-in-chief has been marked by protest and unrest.

But is the supposed outrage over some of the president's actions being ‘trumped’ up on social media? And just how does the new president stack up historically when it comes to executive orders?

Are the new President's actions unprecedented?

The short answer is yes, but what effect will his actions have on the country? That is a question much more difficult to answer.

Friday President Trump signed his 9th executive order.

“Well he's done a lot in just the short period he's been in there,” Sioux Falls resident Jeff Van Rooyen said.

Which comes with mixed reactions.

“I think it's perfectly obvious that he's campaigning,” Sioux Falls resident Richard Foster stated.

Signing an executive order isn't unpresented when a new Commander-in-chief takes office.

“You will see some because the easiest way to overturn an executive order is with an executive order so you will see some of that, but not nearly in the volume we've seen President Trump do that this far,” SDSU political science professor Lisa Hager said.

“I’ve seen some political pundits who say if he kind of keeps this up he’ll be into the hundreds of numbers of executive orders he’s signed, when President Obama and others kind of average 30 a year,” she added.

Normally a president first passes his goals to Congress.

“Generally with the presidents they come in, they say this is our policy agenda, this is what we’d like to accomplish based on my campaign promises, and then they kind of pass that off to Congress and let Congress do some work on this. Here we’re kind of seeing President Trump kind of take policy making into his own hands a little bit,” Hager explained.

And if Congress doesn’t agree with the executive order, it’s nearly impossible for the legislative body to overturn.

“Congress is essentially powerless because it’s hard to override vetoes, the president who signed the executive order is never going to usually say oh yes I will sign this bill into law that will then override whatever I put in there,” she said.

Trump is also carving his own path on social media...

“Obama was a little more restrained with the social media. Trump is just kind of using it sometimes just on a whim,” Hager said.

Just this week he tweeted about an agreement with Australia which sparked confusion and controversy.

“I think he kind of goes overboard there a little bit tweeting all the time,” Van Rooyen said.

But at this point it's hard to tell what kind of impact it could have at all.

“Isolating it to social media behavior would be somewhat difficult but you know it's one of those factors that could definitely play a role in who's willing to work with President Trump and when,” Hager said.

Hager says since it's so early on in Donald Trump's presidency, it's hard to tell if his behavior is the exception or the rule.