The Hill article President Trump is using executive orders to protect the legacy of his presidency, including his controversial travel ban.
The president has issued hundreds of executive orders that he said were meant to give him “full authority” to take executive action on everything from immigration to cybersecurity, including the travel ban that he signed in March.
But critics, including a group of House Democrats, say the orders do little to protect Americans from terrorism and that Trump is actually violating the Constitution by blocking people from entering the United States.
The administration has said Trump’s orders protect Americans and help the country fight terrorism.
But Democrats have warned the orders are largely aimed at keeping Muslims out of the country.
Trump signed an executive order Monday to help protect Americans in the wake of the attacks in San Bernardino, California.
Trump also signed an order on Monday that would prohibit travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering or reentering the United State.
“I think it’s the most important executive action that President Trump has ever taken,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
“I think he is the only one in the history of the United Congress who can take that and use it in this way.
The order gives him complete authority.”
Cummings, who has long been a critic of Trump, said the executive order could lead to more terrorists being allowed into the country.
“What I think he’s doing is he’s going to do a huge amount of damage to his own administration and to his party,” Cummings said.
“He can’t just put in place executive orders like this.
He needs to have a plan, he needs to get the vetting process done.
That’s what he needs.
He is not going to get this done.”
In his tweets Monday, Trump criticized the order, saying it was a “bigotry” that would “ruin our beautiful country” and that it “is not what our country is about.”
The president also said that he would ask Congress to pass legislation to allow him to issue the order again.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
The House Democrats said they believe Trump is violating the law by taking action to keep Muslims out.
“The president is acting in violation of his oath of office to protect and defend the United Americans,” Rep. Jim Himes, D, Connecticut, said.
Himes said the president’s executive orders are “designed to create a sense of fear and panic that would cause a large number of Muslims to flee their homes and seek refuge in foreign countries where they could be more easily protected.”
“It’s not an act of love,” Himes said.
“What he is doing is a massive exercise of power that could lead us to the most catastrophic and dangerous situation in American history.”