8 ways Biden would use the Trump playbook to unravel the Republican president’s legacy

WILMINGTON, DE - AUGUST 14: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden signs required documents for receiving the Democratic nomination for President at the Hotel DuPont on August 14, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Harris is the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to be a presumptive nominee on a presidential ticket by a major party in U.S. history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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There’s an obvious playbook waiting for Joe Biden should he win the White House with a mandate to tear down President Donald Trump’s legacy. 

It’s the same one Trump used four years ago.

Trump’s early days in office were largely devoted to obliterating everything President Barack Obama accomplished over two terms. 

Each step of the way, the Republican president relished his moves to pull the US out of Obama-negotiated international agreements, dramatically shift priorities at federal agencies, and issue a spate of executive orders.

“Don’t forget, President Obama — they say he was a great president,” Trump said in August. “Well, you can’t be a great president when much of what he’s done we’ve undone.” 

But a Biden win means there’s nothing stopping him from undoing all of Trump’s work too. 

“Every administration as they come into office will have identified guidance, rules, regulations, executive orders that they want to change and they’ll go in with a plan and make changes as rapidly as the process will allow,” said Mike Leavitt, a former Utah GOP governor and George W. Bush administration Cabinet official who led Mitt Romney’s  presidential transition planning effort during the 2012 White House campaign.   

“That’s part of what you win when you win an election is the ability to do that,” Leavitt added. 

You can bank on Biden’s team using the exact same tactics to shred Trump’s policies, according to former presidential transition team and executive branch officials interviewed by Insider. 

“I certainly expect that a Biden administration would use …  all the tools that were available,” said John Cruden, who was stationed at the Justice Department as an assistant attorney general during the Obama administration. “A lot of things were done by executive orders and policy statements and guidance documents” under Trump, Cruden added. “Those are way easier to undo.” 

Indeed, the Democratic presidential nominee is campaigning on big promises that he’ll demolish pretty much everything that Trump and his allies have spent the past four years putting in place. Biden’s campaign slogan is “Build Back Better,” and he’s pledging major reversals on Trump policies on healthcare, immigration, environment, LGBTQ rights and education. 

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“Joe Biden will consider every tool available, including Congressional and executive actions, to reverse Trump’s damaging policies and restore critical environmental and public health protections for the millions of Americans and communities facing the pandemic and economic crisis,” said Jamal Brown, national press secretary for the Biden campaign. 

It’s the job of Biden’s transition team — more than three dozen staffers already are working behind the scenes to prepare for Democrats winning back the White House — to scrutinize everything Trump has done over the past four years. They’re mapping out which policies they want to torpedo and how they want to do it. 

Freezing rules

Here’s how Biden’s administration would get things started rolling back the Trump legacy: On day one, January 20, 2021, the new Democratic president’s White House chief of staff issues a memo that halts all federal regulations that are still pending. 

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Source:: Business Insider – Politics

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