Trump Orders Federal Agencies to Identify Unnecessary Regulations

By Ted Mann Politics Dow Jones Newswires

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact agreed to under the Obama administration, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP ... Photo/Evan Vucci) (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday requiring each federal agency to form a task force to review existing regulations and recommend whether to repeal or simplify those deemed to harm the economy and job creation. 

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Mr. Trump signed the order shortly after noon in the Oval Office, with a group of corporate executives who have advised the administration on business issues arrayed behind him. They included Dow Chemical Co. Chief Executive Andrew Liveris, Lockheed Martin Corp. CEO Marillyn Hewson, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky, and United Technologies Corp. CEO Gregory Hayes. 

Mr. Trump said the order, the text of which wasn't immediately released, would direct every federal agency to form "a real team of dedicated people to research all regulations that are unnecessary, burdensome and harmful to the economy and therefore harmful to the creation of jobs and business." 

The president signed the order shortly after a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, in which he criticized government regulations and said that 75% of existing rules were unnecessary. 

On Thursday, the administration convened meetings of a group of manufacturing executives, led by Mr. Liveris, to develop recommendations for improving the business climate, including by rolling back regulations that are already in place. 

In the Oval Office Friday, Mr. Trump said the task forces would be required to report on their findings "every once in a while." 

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Standing to the side of the group of executives was Mr. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, an adviser to the president.

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