Just a few moments after the inauguration, President Donald Trump rushed to sign his first bill into law, in order to clear the way for his defense secretary to be confirmed.
Gen. Mattis will be the exception to the law
According to CNN, United States’ 45th President signed a bill passed by Congress earlier this January, allowing General James Mattis to serve as defense secretary. Initially, he was supposed to be out of the military for seven years in order to be eligible for this position, according to Sean Spicer, the new White House press secretary.
Of course, Gen. Mattis needs to be confirmed by the Senate, which will eventually happen, later today.
The signing took place just a few moments after Trump left the podium outside the Capitol, where he was sworn and delivered his first speech as President of the United States.
The pens were given!
Like expected, the event had to be marked, some all cameras were on President Trump, as he was signing his first orders in the Capitol, including formal nominations for his Cabinet and a proclamation for the national day of patriotism.
Following the tradition, Donald Trump used a set of pens to sign his first measures, then gave them to a few people at the gathering. One was received by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, followed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, one of the President’s oldest friends.
The Senate will start the voting today, but just two nominees will be confirmed: Gen. James Mattis and retired Gen. John Kelly, who will be in charge of Homeland Security.