Trump outstripping Obama on pace of executive orders

In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump displays the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package he signed in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump is now three for three. Each year of his presidency, he has issued more executive orders than did former President Barack Obama during the same time-span. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t too long ago that Donald Trump derided presidential executive orders as “power grabs” and a “basic disaster.”