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The operation reflects a more aggressive stance outlined in President Trump's recent executive order on national cyber strategy, which called for building a stronger deterrent. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian trolls get DM from US Cyber Command: We know who you are. Stop it," 23 Oct. 2018 Since Trump's March 22 executive order to institute tariffs on as much as $60 billion in Chinese imports, mostly aeronautics, modern rail, new-energy vehicles and high-technology products, Republicans from agricultural states have been anxious. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "Sen. John Kennedy wants Chinese crawfish and shrimp on the trade tariff menu," 18 Apr. 2018 The White House is considering an executive order that would ban American wireless carriers from buying equipment from Chinese companies, according to a new report from Reuters. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "New Trump order may officially ban Huawei and ZTE from 5G rollout, per report," 27 Dec. 2018 And then there’s that executive order banning bump stocks. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Fox News demanded a government shutdown — and got one," 22 Dec. 2018 Last fall President Trump signed an executive order expanding access to association health plans and short-term limited-duration insurance. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Administration Aims to Steer People Toward Junk Health Plans Over Obamacare," 11 July 2018 President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Friday freezing federal workers’ salaries for 2019, coming as hundreds of thousands of them are either furloughed or working without pay because of a political standoff over government funding. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump orders federal pay freeze for 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 The executive order would also take existing purchasing entities, including one for state employees, and concentrate their buying power to secure better prices. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "California to Flex Drug Purchasing Power," 7 Jan. 2019 The executive order points out that a 2013 pay freeze for senior officials is set to expire in January. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump orders federal pay freeze for 2019," 30 Dec. 2018

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The first known use of executive order was in 1862

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English Language Learners Definition of executive order

: an order that comes from the U.S. President or a government agency and must be obeyed like a law

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Legal Definition of executive order

: an order issued by a government's executive on the basis of authority specifically granted to the executive branch (as by the U.S. Constitution or a congressional act) the National Security Agency was created by an executive order — compare proclamation, statute

Note: An executive order from the president does not have the force of law until it is printed in the Federal Register.

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