There are still 28 days left until President-elect Donald Trump will take the oath of office, but NPR host Diane Rehm is already expressing concern about how he will use his executive powers once in the White House.
In a segment on her daily talk show Thursday, Rehm was speaking with Juliet Eilperin, the Washington Post‘s White House bureau chief, when the host said she is worried that Trump and his administration are already expanding executive authority even though he has not yet taken office.
Rehm referenced the Trump transition team’s questionnaire that was sent out to current Energy Department employees requesting details on those who had worked on President Obama’s climate change initiatives. The questionnaire she was referring to also asked the employees to state whether they had attended United Nations climate change conferences.
“Isn’t that sort of expanding executive authority beyond the authority of the people at the top of that agency?” Rehm asked Eilperin, who responded by giving more details on the questionnaire and the department’s response.
Trump has yet to issue any executive orders or take other executive actions because he has not been inaugurated. He has promised to undo many of the executive orders issued by President Obama, however.