December 10th – As President-elect Biden’s new government is about to take office, the Trump administration has accelerated the launch of the new policy.
According to U.S. media reports, the White House has recently implemented a series of “last-minute” policies and appointments, and many senior officials have become busy with it in order to leave a political legacy for Trump and himself.
The Washington Post pointed out that the Trump administration hopes that the impact of these policies and appointments can continue until Biden takes office to consolidate the political legacy.
These include: the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s implementation of stricter citizenship tests; the Department of Defense’s appointment of 11 people, including Trump’s team, to the Defense Business Advisory Council; the government auction of drilling rights in wild reserves; and a sharp reduction in the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.
Some government aides said that the Trump administration will continue to adjust federal policy and government composition in the last few weeks.
In addition, the Senate seat election is not over, and Republicans are still likely to lose a majority, so they have stepped up the confirmation of many conservative nominations so that they can remain in office even after the new government comes to power.
U.S. media said that previous administrations usually avoided making major decisions before the end of their terms, but the Trump administration’s approach is completely different from this tradition.
Frequent policy changes have also triggered criticism from Democrats, and Democratic Senators Jon Tester and Brian Shatz have had great dissatisfaction with the changes in veterans’ affairs.
They said that the pandemic and the general election brought a lot of uncertainty, and that policies and personnel changes should not be pushed quickly at this time, but “should be entrusted to the new government.”