Senior White House counselor #Kellyanne Conway this week complained that the media has been paying too much attention to only one of President Trump’s executive orders — namely, his temporary ban on refugees and travel from seven Muslim-majority countries — and not enough to the many others Trump has signed since taking office.
So Seth Meyers did just that.
On Tuesday’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” the comedian used a segment called “The Check In” to delve into a less-discussed executive order, specifically one that instituted an immediate federal hiring freeze, with a few exceptions.
The order arguably has been covered less than Trump’s travel ban, possibly in part because it has not triggered numerous protests and lawsuits, nor does its fate rest with an appeals court weighing its constitutionality.
Nevertheless, Meyers persisted.
The order Trump signed on Jan. 23 stated that “no vacant positions existing at noon on January 22, 2017, may be filled and no new positions may be created, except in limited circumstances.” Military personnel and other positions deemed “necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities” were exempted.
In his segment Tuesday, Meyers pointed out that the hiring freeze seemed to run counter to one of Trump’s most frequent campaign promises: that he can fix the problems with how poorly the Department of #Veterans Affairs was run.