Donald Trump's administration leaves no question of being the most incompetent staff in the White House, as yet another example of their ineptitude has come forward.
According to an analysis, the White House website, which is updated by Trump’s staff, posted inaccurate text of President Trump’s executive orders. There have been several instances where the official version of the executive orders on the website didn’t match the Federal Register, which is by law the legally controlling document.
The text on the website has minor grammatical changes, missing words and paragraph renumbering. But that’s not all — far worse is the fact the official text also has inaccurate or nonexistent provisions of law.
The official executive order document takes several days to be published which means the text on the website is the only way public can access the orders rolled out by the president.
However, the special assistant to the director of the Federal Register insists the version is the exact text of what the president approved and they officially file matched the executive orders signed by Trump.
"We would never correct something that the president signs. Once the president's signature is on that, that's a legal document that we would never change," said Jim Hemphill.
One such example of the administration’s inaccuracies involves the controversial travel ban executive order. According to the White House version of the order, they referred to the incorrect provision which requires physical examination instead of a provision which requires an interview.
In another incident, the White House referred to a section of the U.S. code that doesn’t exist.
According to transparency advocates, these glaring mistakes by the White House administration raise serious questions about how thorough it is in drafting some of Trump’s most controversial orders. They also suggest that the administration should pay close attention while editing and vetting the executive orders.
“These last-minute edits suggest the Trump White House needs to revisit their vetting, sign-off, and publication processes for executive orders," said John Wonderlich, executive director of the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation.
This is not the first time Trump’s administration has been careless. Recently, Trump’s official inauguration poster had an absurd typo.
The Library of Congress was offering prints of the inaugural photo for $16.95 but once the mistake came to light, the page was taken down from the website. However, it’s not yet certain how many people bought the portrait before the typo was spotted.
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