GOP leaders in Congress are taking the cue from the president, who has recently signed a new executive order that aims to reduce the role of the media and reduce the influence of the political elite in shaping the public’s views on issues like immigration and health care.
The order, signed by President Trump, instructs federal agencies to “reduce the role and influence of special interest groups and special interest journalists” and to “ensure that they do not have a significant impact on the decisions that affect the people of the United States.”
The new directive has also been touted by a number of Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who on Wednesday called it “the most important and comprehensive anti-government executive order we have seen in a long time.”
Ryan added that the order “sets the stage for a new era in media freedom, and it is time for Congress to join us.”
The president signed the order in an address to Congress on Monday, the day after he took office.
The order has been widely criticized by journalists and others, including some Republicans, for its broad scope and a lack of specifics.
The president has repeatedly argued that the media has distorted his message by pushing false and inflammatory narratives and for pushing a “rigged” narrative.
But Republicans say the order is part of a broader strategy to take down the influence and influence he believes has been unfairly wielded by the political establishment and the media.
They also say the executive order is aimed at reducing the influence that the public has on the decision-making process by empowering journalists to speak truth to power.
The White House on Wednesday also issued a statement saying the president has taken action on a number areas, including strengthening oversight and accountability of federal agencies, creating a “media commission” and revising the way the government handles Freedom of Information Act requests.
Ryan said Wednesday that the president was trying to put pressure on Congress to “work with the new administration to get us back on track.”
“There is no question that the President is committed to working with the incoming administration and working with Congress to make sure that the American people get the information they need to make their own decisions and to make our democracy stronger and more effective,” Ryan said.
But Rep. Pete Sessions, R -Texas, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said the order does not go far enough.
“There is still work to be done in terms of the enforcement of the President’s orders.
We need to put the government back in the hands of the people and not the special interests,” Sessions said.”
The President is continuing to take action, and the President continues to call for more oversight and transparency,” Sessions added.