Donald Trump has taken his first steps as
president, signing an executive order which targets
the signature health care reforms of his
His proclamation ordered agencies to ease the
economic burden of the laws known as Obamacare.
In Friday’s inaugural address he pledged to put
“America first” and to end the “American carnage”
of abandoned factories and rampant crime.
Later, about 200,000 people are due to join a
Women’s March in Washington.
Organisers say they want to highlight racial and
gender equality and other issues perceived to be
under threat from Mr Trump’s administration.
Similar marches are already taking place in
Australia and New Zealand and many others are
planned around the world.
BBC Washington correspondent Barbara Plett-
Usher says Mr Trump has vowed to do what he can
immediately using executive action, chalking up
early victories before he has to turn to the grinding
work of getting bills through Congress.
His team quickly overhauled the White House
website to include his pledge to roll back Barack
Obama’s strategy on climate change.
Shortly after taking office as the 45th US president,
Mr Trump sent his Cabinet nominations to the
He signed a waiver to allow retired General James
Mattis to serve as defence secretary, even though
he left the military less than the required seven
Gen Mattis, whose appointment has been approved
by the Senate, was later sworn in by Vice-President
Mr Pence also swore in John Kelly as head of
The revamped White House website replaces Mr
Obama’s policies with Mr Trump’s new agenda.
The new administration lists only six issues on the
website – energy, foreign policy, jobs and growth,
military, law enforcement and trade deals.
Critics point out that it makes no mention of civil
rights, LGBT rights, healthcare or climate change.
One of Mr Trump’s key election pledges was to
repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s
Affordable Care Act.
Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said President
Trump’s executive order was for federal
departments to “minimise the economic burden”‘ of
the act, but he gave no details.
Mr Trump also signed a proclamation declaring a
national day of patriotism.
Asked about his first day, which was capped by a
dance with First Lady Melania to My Way, Mr Trump
said “it was busy but good – a beautiful day.”