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Did President Biden Issue 56 Executive Orders in His First 40 Days?
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Did President Biden Issue 56 Executive Orders in His First 40 Days?


A widely shared Facebook post claims that President Joe Biden issued 56 executive orders in 40 days. The full post reads: “56 Executive Orders in under 40 days…..That, my friends, is an actual Dictator.”

This is a false claim.

According to the Federal Register, Biden has issued 37 executive orders since January 20 of this year. It’s worth mentioning that Biden has signed more than 50 executive actions, which includes executive orders, actions, and memorandums. While it’s true that the number of executive orders in Biden’s first three months of presidency is greater than that of both Donald Trump’s and Barack Obama, it’s still well below 56. 

From January 20, 2017, until March 19, 2017, Trump issued 17 executive orders and from January 20, 2009 until March 19, 2009, Obama issued 18 executive orders, according to data from the American Presidency Project

Of Biden’s 37 executive orders, 18 of them have revoked prior orders, many of them issued to undo Trump’s policies on health care and immigartion. On February 2, for example, Biden signed three executive orders reversing Trump’s immigration policies, which included creating a task force to help reunite separated families at the border, per CNN

While signing these immigration orders Biden acknowledged the large number of executive orders he had signed, saying: “There’s a lot of talk, with good reason, about the number of executive orders that I’ve signed, I’m not making new law, I’m eliminating bad policy.”

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Khaya Himmelman is a fact checker for The Dispatch. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and Barnard College.