President Donald Trump was expected to sign a new executive order on March 1 to restrict people traveling from several majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S.; however, one senior administration official said that day that they will delay those plans in light of a generally positive reception to his joint address to Congress the evening before.
"We want the [executive order] to have its own 'moment,'" the official told CNN.
Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress, which expressed optimism for the future of the U.S., was widely lauded, even by many of Trump's usual critics. CNN's Stephen Collinson described as "statesmanlike" and "presidential."
The speech steered away from specific policy issues and instead promised that the new administration would usher in "a new chapter of American greatness."
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"From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears, inspired by the future, not bound by failures of the past, and guided by a vision, not blinded by our doubts," Trump said in his address.
Rather than signing the executive order in the aftermath of the successful speech and allowing the controversial action to undercut his positive reception, the president will wait.
The new travel ban is an updated form of the original executive order that restricted entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority nations, halted the refugee program for 120 days and indefinitely barred all Syrian refugees from entering the country. The original order is currently tied up in legal battles.
The new order is expected to exempt legal permanent residents, green card holders and valid visa holders from the regulations, and it will change controversial language in the old order that prioritized refugee admissions for some religious minorities.
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Vice President Mike Pence indicated on March 1 that the new order, designed to hold up better against court challenges, could come within the week, according to Reuters.
"They're putting out the finishing touches on that executive order. It should be out in the next few days," Vice President Mike Pence told CBS program "This Morning," notes Reuters.
Trump also intends to sign an executive order as early as next week to do away with several of former President Barack Obama's environmental initiatives and regulations, a White House official said on March 1.
The action will eliminate a federal coal mining ban and an initiative requiring states to cut carbon emissions, among other climate change-slowing requirements, which Trump has said harm U.S. business without helping the nation in any clear ways.