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Trump leaves photo op before signing executive orders

The Hill logo The Hill 3/31/2017 Brooke Seipel


President Trump on Friday announced two new executive orders aimed at tackling long-standing concerns around trade enforcement, but left the room before actually signing the orders during the announcement.

White House video showed Trump entering the Oval Office to announce the orders, but leaving before actually signing any documents.

Vice President Pence appeared to notice the mistake, turning back to grab materials off the president's desk and leaving the room with them.

Trump reportedly left the room after a reporter asked him about his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who is seeking immunity before testifying before congressional committees on Russia.

The president typically sits inside the Oval Office to sign orders while the press take photos.

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro were also present at the Friday announcement.

The officials said that the Trump administration will produce a sweeping report on the cause of U.S. trade deficits as well as plans to improve trade enforcement and the collection of billions in import taxes as part of the effort to bolster U.S. manufacturing.

Updated: 6:05 p.m.


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