Trump signs executive order to slash regulations

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday to dramatically cut federal regulations.VIDEO: REUTERS
US President Donald Trump holds one of five executive orders related to the oil pipeline industry in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C on Tuesday, Jan 24. He has just signed his latest order to slash regulations.
US President Donald Trump holds one of five executive orders related to the oil pipeline industry in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C on Tuesday, Jan 24. He has just signed his latest order to slash regulations.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that will seek to dramatically pare back federal regulations by requiring agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new rule introduced.

"This will be the biggest such act that our country has ever seen. There will be regulation, there will be control, but it will be normalised control," President Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office, surrounded by a group of small business owners.

His latest executive action will prepare a process for the White House to set an annual cap on the cost of new regulations, a senior official told reporters ahead of the signing.

For the rest of fiscal 2017, that cap on new regulations would be $0, the official said on customary condition of anonymity.

Mr Trump, a businessman turned politician, campaigned on a promise to reduce federal regulations that he said burdened American businesses.