Every president polishes his legacy during his last term, but Obama’s decisions of late seem particularly crafted to thwart Trump. It’s hard not to notice both the timing and the tone.
Here, in chronological order, are the highlights:
1. On Nov. 10, just two days after the election, the Interior Department closed off 1.6 million acres of Western land to oil and gas leasing, according to Breitbart. One wonders if they would have done the same had former secretary of state Hillary Clinton won the election.
3. On Dec. 19, he officially scrapped the last vestiges of a U.S. registration system for Muslim immigrants, according to Yahoo News.
4. Last Friday, the Obama administration allowed the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israeli settlement activity, shredding a decades-old relationship of protection the U.S. has nurtured with Israel.
5. And in what could only be described as a “land grab,” the White House announced this week the creation of two new national monuments in the West, totaling another 1.6 million acres.
Obama created the monuments under the American Antiquities Act of 1906 and has often come under fire for what the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association termed “Antiquities Abuse,” threatening the livelihood of family ranching operations.
While Trump continues to maintain a civil discourse, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged on Thursday that Obama’s actions were making it “a little bit tougher” for the transition.
Despite what is a clear intent to put sand in Trump’s administrative gears, the president-elect has made his intentions clear to move forward with controversial counterterrorism efforts, including his proposal to ban immigration from countries with ties to Islamic extremism.
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