Mon, Mar. 13. 2017: Trump signs executive order to make his government more efficient

President Trump signed an executive order Monday aimed at cutting waste in the federal government.

Trump signed the measure in the Oval Office, telling reporters it requires a “thorough examination of every executive department and agency” to find out “where money is being wasted [and] how services can be improved.”

The order does not seek a set amount of cuts, but it could result in a push to eliminate entire federal agencies or dramatically cut the size of the federal workforce.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney will oversee a government-wide review, which will involve outside experts as well as federal officials.

The president, flanked by his Cabinet secretaries, said the order would “develop a detailed plan to make the federal government … more efficient and very, very cost productive.”

Agency heads are instructed to provide their recommendations within six months to Mulvaney, who would submit them to Congress before implementation.

This executive order is part of the administration’s aggressive push to shrink the federal government.

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Mon, Mar. 13, 2017: Trump holds listening session on health care: ‘It’s a big, fat, beautiful negotiation’

President Donald Trump appeared Monday to bask in the back-and-forth over a health care plan to replace Obamacare, describing the talks in businesslike terms.

“It’s a big, fat, beautiful negotiation,” Trump declared during the first meeting of his Cabinet at the White House. “Hopefully we’ll come up with something that’s going to be really terrific.”

Earlier in the day, Trump appeared to lower expectations for an immediate drop in health insurance costs after a replacement bill is passed. He told a White House gathering of Americans who say they’ve been negatively affected by the Affordable Care Act that it could take several years before a drop in prices.

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Mon, Mar. 13, 2017: Trump holds meeting on healthcare, signs executive order on ‘Reorganizing the Executive Branch’

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

11:00 am: Holds a meeting on healthcare; Roosevelt Room

12:30 pm: Has lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao

3:00 pm: Meets with his Cabinet; Cabinet Room

4:30 pm: Signs an Executive Order entitled “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch”

6:30 pm: Has dinner with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster; White House Residence