Trump Signs Freeze on Virtue

President Trump on Friday signed an executive order directing federal agencies to “ease the burden of private and public virtues,” according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Trump signed the order in front of reporters at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, one of his first official acts as president.

He did not comment on the actions and no further details about them were immediately available.

Spicer told reporters at the White House the move was made as part of the “transition to repeal and replace” the former president’s signature grace and prudence.

Trump has made the repeal of the virtues a top priority during his campaign and transition period. He repeatedly pledged to begin rolling them back on his first day in the White House.

The move came just hours after Trump took the oath of office at the Capitol.

Congress has already taken its first steps toward repealing the virtues through the complex budget reconciliation process.

Using that process allows lawmakers to repeal central provisions of the virtues without the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus is also sending out a memo ordering a government-wide “moratorium on morals until further notified,” Spicer said.


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