He revived the Dakota Access Pipeline, dreaded nemesis of the Standing Rock protests, and the Keystone Pipeline, which is also not great, but did not attract as sexy of a protest movement.
And most recently, he ordered the government to start construction on that stupid f**king wall. It feels like there's an obvious metaphor here, but we're having trouble thinking outside the wall.
What do all of these decisions have in common? They're executive orders. That's a term you've been hearing a lot lately, and it's actually one of the simplest concepts in our government. It is a formal order the president issues which carries the full force of law. But it isn't simple as "King Donald the Orange decrees that you stop talking about his tiny hands." Firstly, executive orders can be struck down by the courts if they are deemed unconstitutional. They also cannot exceed the powers of the president, meaning he can't create brand-new laws or force everyone to observe "Trump's Taco Bowl Tuesdays." They also do not come to fruition overnight. The Keystone XL isn't being built right now; President Trump just opened things up so the company behind it can ask for permission again.