Not Your Average First Week At Work

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HERE’S WHAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT

In his first full week in office, President Donald J. Trump signed over a dozen executive orders—twice as many as Obama did in his first week in office. From ordering the building of a wall in the U.S.–Mexico border, to withdrawing America from the Trans-Pacific deal, reinstituting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and suspending the Refugee Admissions Program, President Trump’s executive orders drew everything from ire to applause. In California, a movement branded as “CalExit” received permission to start gathering signatures to ask for the secession of the state in 2018.

Though it’s still unclear how all of these executive orders will unfold, one positive note is that persecuted religious minorities will now be prioritized for refugee admissions.

“They’ve been horribly treated,” said President Trump in an exclusive interview on CBS News’s Brody File, Friday.

“Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.”

According to Pew Research Center, of the 12,587 Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. last year, less than 1 percent were Christians.