Trump orders freeze in federal hiring

| Updated: Jan 24, 2017 05:14 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Jan. 23 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday issued an executive order to freeze federal hiring. The hiring freeze, however, excludes national security employees, reports the Washington Post. During the presidential campaign, Trump has promised a hiring freeze. It was the second of six measures of "Contract with the American Voter' to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, D.C." and part of his "100-day action plan to Make America Great Again." The plan excludes the "military, public safety, and public health." Earlier, reports had said that the outgoing Barack Obama administration was accelerating hiring to get employees in place before Trump took over. The individuals hired, who have not yet started working, still could be affected by a freeze. Earlier, within hours of taking the oath of office, Donald Trump earlier on Friday had signed an executive order aimed at rolling back Obamacare. The executive order directed the secretary of health and human services and the heads of other agencies to use their discretion to help individuals, health care providers, insurers and others avoid any burdens stemming from the Affordable Care Act, which remains in effect. (ANI)