President Donald Trump is preparing to sign a series of executive orders on a range of topics as part of a shift in White House strategy that’s aimed at trying to boost Americans’ confidence in his leadership amid widespread criticism of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to administration officials.
The effort to reposition the president as proactive, rather than on the defense over his response to coronavirus, comes as he trails his presumptive re-election opponent, Joe Biden, in multiple polls less than four months before the election. It’s coupled with a plan for Trump to return to headlining coronavirus briefings, which he stopped attending in April after even some of his allies said they were too lengthy, wide-ranging and hurting the president.
A senior administration official said the executive orders will include policy changes on immigration, the Census, prescription drugs and health care. While declining to discuss further details, the official said the executive action would call for a “merit based” immigration system and address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that has allowed nearly 800,000 young people, known as Dreamers, to avoid deportation.