8 presidential proclamations, April 28: Designating days, weeks, and months
Signing a batch of ceremonial proclamations for the month of May at once, Trump designated the following:
May 1, 2017: Loyalty Day, to "stand strong against the threats of terrorism and lawlessness."
April 30-May 6, 2017:
Small-Business Week, to "affirm our commitment to removing government barriers to the success of American small businesses."
National Charter Schools Week, to "recommit ourselves to empowering students and giving parents their rightful freedom over their children's education."
Trump speaks at the NRA-ILA's Leadership Forum at the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 28, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.Scott Olson/Getty Image
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, to "remind" Americans to maintain "a healthy and active lifestyle."
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, to "recognize the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that enrich our Nation."
National Foster Care Month, to "celebrate those who have opened their homes and their hearts to children in need."
Jewish American Heritage Month, to "celebrate our Nation's strong American Jewish heritage."
Older Americans Month, to ensure "older Americans are not neglected or abused, receive the best healthcare available, live in suitable homes, have adequate income and economic opportunities, and enjoy freedom and independence in their golden years."
Read the text of each proclamation in the links above.
Executive Order, April 28: Exploring offshore energy prospects
President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 28, 2017, before signing an Executive Order directing the Interior Department to begin review of restrictive drilling policies for the outer-continental shelf. From left are, Vice President Mike Pence, Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, the president, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Trump ordered his administration, led by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, to review where the US could allow offshore energy development, revoking rules put into place after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and putting Arctic drilling back on the table.
Environmental groups, Democrats in Congress, and many residents of coastal states oppose offshore drilling, and experts conclude doing so wouldn't make the US energy independent. Fans of the order include many Republicans and oil companies.
While the order mainly focuses on oil drilling, it also says offshore energy activities could include "wind, oil, natural gas, methane hydrates, and any other sources that the Secretary of Commerce deems appropriate." The nation's first offshore wind farm opened in Rhode Island in December 2016.
Executive Order, April 27: Protecting whistleblowers at the VA
President Donald Trump signs an Executive Order on improving accountability and whistleblower protection at the Veterans Affairs Department in Washington on April 27, 2017.REUTERS/Carlos Barria
This order is intended to protect whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and establishes the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.