President Donald Trump has blasted out controversial executive orders so quickly, it’s been difficult for many to keep up. And some experts say that may be the point.
All presidents work quickly to launch their agendas as they take office. But rarely has one made so many scattershot pronouncements all at once.
“This is definitely bizarre, rapid-fire presidential policy making,” says presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, a professor of history at Rice University. “It really is a ‘shock and awe’ strategy that every day there’s a new, radical initiative, and it doesn’t give journalists or the public a chance to get a grip on what just happened.”
Lisa Tolin is a journalist and Special Projects Editor at NBC News.