In a remarkable display of the Trump administration’s disregard for government institutions and independent expertise – as well as for the consequences of its actions – the New York Times is reporting that Trump never consulted with the secretary of Homeland Security prior to signing the executive order banning entry into the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries. This likely explains the resultant chaos in airports around the world, as security officials struggled to implement the hastily implemented order.
Reports the Times: “As President Trump signed a sweeping executive order on Friday, shutting the borders to refugees and others from seven largely Muslim countries, the secretary of homeland security was on a White House conference call getting his first full briefing on the global shift in policy.”
“Gen. John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, had dialed in from a Coast Guard plane as he headed back to Washington from Miami. Along with other top officials, he needed guidance from the White House, which had not asked his department for a legal review of the order. Halfway into the briefing, someone on the call looked up at a television in his office. ‘The president is signing the executive order that we’re discussing,’ the official said, stunned.”