President Donald Trump issued his first executive order on the day he took office, and took numerous executive actions in the days that followed. He has issued 23 executive orders and 23 presidential memoranda to date, addressing a wide range of topics including health care, border security, immigration and the financial system. While many prominent leaders in his Republican Party cheered these moves, others stood opposed. The travel ban and the border wall have caused the most controversy within the ranks. Here's a look at where some top GOP politicians stand on these executive actions.
— With reporting from The Washington Post
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) supports the updated travel order
"This revised executive order advances our shared goal of protecting the homeland," Ryan said in a March 6, 2017, statement on speaker.gov. "I commend the administration and Secretary Kelly in particular for their hard work on this measure to improve our vetting standards. We will continue to work with President Trump to keep our country safe."
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) supports the updated travel order
"By clearly stating this order applies only to prospective visa holders, the President has addressed the crux of the Ninth Circuit's concerns and should ensure the unintended consequences from the last order do not reoccur," Grassley said in a March 6, 2017, statement on his official site. "The departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security should continue working together to ensure the order's smooth implementation, to protect the rights and safety of the American people and our nation, and to identify individuals who are worthy of a case-by-case exemption."
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) supports the second travel order
Sen. Graham, along with Sen. John McCain, was a vocal critic of the first travel order but is supporting the second one. "I believe the new order will withstand legal challenges as it's drafted in a fashion as to not be a religious ban, but a ban on individuals coming from compromised governments and failed states," Graham said in a statement on March 6, 2017. "This Executive Order will help achieve President Trump's goal of making us safer."
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) responded positively to the updated travel order
"The President's new immigration executive order addresses some of the concerns I had with the original ban," Collins said in a March 7, 2017, statement published on her official site. "For example, the new order now exempts green card and visa holders, permits Iraqi translators and others who assisted our military to enter our country on Special Immigration Visas, and eliminates the ill-conceived religious test that was included in the previous executive order. I will continue to analyze the impact of the executive order."
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) supports the second travel order
"I am very encouraged by the interagency approach the administration has taken to develop and implement the revised executive order," Corker, who was also critical of the first travel order, said in a statement on March 6, 2017. "I also am pleased that Iraq, a critical partner in the fight against ISIS, has been removed from the countries subject to visa restrictions based on the commitments Secretary Tillerson has secured from the Iraqi government."
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) opposes the travel order
In a Jan. 29, 2017, joint statement with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and posted on his official site, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed opposition to Trump's first executive order barring travel by non-U.S. citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries to the United States: "It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump's executive order was not properly vetted. We are particularly concerned by reports that this order went into effect with little to no consultation with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security. Such a hasty process risks harmful results."
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) supports the travel order
"In contrast to the hysteria and mistruths being pushed by the liberal media, President Trump's executive order implements a four-month pause in refugee admissions so that stronger vetting procedures can be put in place," Cruz said in a Jan. 25, 2017, regarding the first travel ban. press release. "This is a commonsense step that the American people overwhelmingly support."
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) opposes the travel order
"If we send a signal to the Middle East that the U.S. sees all Muslims as jihadis, the terrorist recruiters win by telling kids that America is banning Muslims and that this is America versus one religion," Sasse said in a Jan. 28, 2017, statement on his official site after Trump's first travel order. "Our generational fight against jihadism requires wisdom."
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) supports the travel order
King said he supports Trump's first executive order, including the selection of the seven countries of origin for the "extreme vetting" of refugees and others seeking U.S. entry, and prioritizing Christians in refugee admissions. King said that religious-based priority would not be a constitutional issue. "I don't think the Constitution applies to people coming in from outside the country, especially if there is a logical basis for it," he said in a Jan. 29, 2017, article on newsday.com.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) opposes the travel order
"It's unacceptable when even legal permanent residents are being detained or turned away at airports and ports of entry," Flake said in a Jan. 28, 2017, post on Medium after Trump's first travel order.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) supports the travel order
"President Trump is right to make sure we are doing everything possible to know exactly who is entering our country," Ryan said of the first travel order in a statement released Jan. 27, 2017, on www.speaker.gov.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) opposes the travel order
"The worldwide refugee ban set forth in the executive order is overly broad and implementing it will be immediately problematic," Collins said in a Jan. 28, 2017, article in the Bangor Daily News.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) supports the travel order
"I support the temporary entry restriction from certain nations until the administration, Congress and the American people know with confidence that any individual being granted admission does not pose a threat to our security," Zeldin said in a Jan. 29, 2017, statement regarding the first travel order on his official site. "... With all that being said, I will be closely monitoring the execution of this EO to make sure that any misapplication is corrected immediately."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the travel order
"It's going to be decided in the courts as to whether or not this has gone too far," McConnell said, discussing the first travel order during a Jan. 29, 2017, appearance on ABC News.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) doesn't fully support the travel order
"This vetting proposal itself needed more vetting," Alexander said in a Jan. 29, 2017, statement regarding the first travel order on his official site. "More scrutiny of those traveling from war-torn countries to the United States is wise. But this broad and confusing order seems to ban legal, permanent residents with green cards, and might turn away Iraqis, for example, who were translators and helped save lives of Americans troops and who could be killed if they stay in Iraq. And while not explicitly a religious test, it comes close to one which is inconsistent with our American character."
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) supports the travel order
President Trump "is doing what he told the American people he would do," Blunt said in a statement to USA Today on Jan. 29, 2017 regarding the first travel order. "I do support increased vetting on people applying to travel from countries with extensive terrorist ties or activity. These seven countries meet that standard."
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) supports the travel order
"It's simply wrong to call the president's executive order concerning immigration and refugees 'a religious test' of any kind," Cotton said in a statement on his official site on Jan. 29, 2017 after the first travel order. "I doubt many Arkansans or Americans more broadly object to taking a harder look at foreigners coming into our country from war-torn nations with known terror networks; I think they're wondering why we don't do that already."
Michael McCaul (R-Texas) supports the travel order
"With the stroke of a pen, he is doing more to shut down terrorist pathways into this country than the last administration did in eight years," said McCaul who is the House Homeland Security Committee chairman, of the first travel order in a statement on the committee's site on Jan. 27, 2017.
Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on the border wall
Responding to the Trump administration's idea that the wall will be paid for by a border tax on Mexican products, Graham tweeted on Jan. 26, 2017: "Border security yes, tariffs no. Mexico is 3rd largest trading partner. Any tariff we can levy they can levy. Huge barrier to econ growth ... Simply put, any policy proposal which drives up costs of Corona, tequila, or margaritas is a big-time bad idea. Mucho Sad."
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) opposes the border wall
With Ryan and McConnell planning to move ahead with legislation to provide $12 billion to $15 billion for construction of the wall, McCain told reporters at a GOP strategy retreat in Philadelphia "I'm not inclined to support it" on Jan. 26, 2017. The Arizona senator said he'd await details from Trump's Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. He said such a plan should be "encompassing, it's got to be coherent" with technology including drones. "History shows you can tunnel under them, you can breach them," McCain said of border fences.
Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) opposes the border wall
Rep. Hurd's district includes 800 miles along the U.S.-Mexico border. "The facts have not changed," Hurd said in a Jan. 25, 2017, statement on his official site. "Building a wall is the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border. Each section of the border faces unique geographical, cultural, and technological challenges that would be best addressed with a flexible, sector-by-sector approach that empowers the agents on the ground with the resources they need."
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on the Keystone and Dakota pipeline orders
Cornyn is the Senate majority whip. "For years the previous administration inexplicably robbed this country of tens of thousands of new jobs and a chance to become less dependent on unstable sources of energy," Cornyn said in a Jan. 24, 2017, statement on his official site. He added, "Today's news is a breath of fresh air, and proof that President Trump won't let radical special-interest groups stand in the way of doing what's best for American workers."
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) supports the Keystone and Dakota pipeline orders
Ernst said "conservation and natural resource development do not have to be mutually exclusive" in a Jan. 24, 2017, statement on her official site. "I believe the United States can responsibly take advantage of its abundant natural resources while also emphasizing conservation. I look forward to working with the administration as we move forward on this and other projects to get our country moving again."