- Shortly after the swearing in of General Mattis as the new US Defense Secretary, Trump signed two new executive orders, one to begin the “great rebuilding of the US military” according to which US military strength “will be questioned by no one”, and a second order implementing “new vetting measures” to keep “radical Islamic terrorists” out of the United States.
- Speaking Friday at the Pentagon, the president said the action includes plans for new planes, new ships and new resources for the men and women in uniform. Trump announced the plans following a ceremony honoring his new Defense Secretary, retired Gen. James Mattis.
- Trump also signed an executive action implementing “new vetting measures” that are aimed at keeping “radical Islamic terrorists” out of the United States. Trump says, “We don’t want them here.” The president says he only wants to admit people to the United States who will support the country. His comments echoed his campaign pledge to implement “extreme vetting” programs, particularly for people coming from countries with ties to terrorism.