Idaho governor sends Trump appreciation letter for executive actions


President Donald Trump’s executive orders have spawned more than 50 lawsuits in the past few weeks, but they earned a “hearty congratulations” from Idaho’s chief executive.

In a recent letter, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter offered the president his “hearty congratulations and sincere thanks for the executive actions you already have taken, as well as your developing legislative agenda, to fundamentally change the direction of our national government.”

The letter was dated Jan. 30, a few days after Trump imposed a temporary ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, suspended refugee resettlements, ordered the construction of a wall along the Mexican border and threatened to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities.

The executive actions prompted widespread protests, as well as dozens of lawsuits, several court injunctions and a Twitter storm from the president questioning the “so-called judge” who blocked his Muslim travel ban.

Otter previously applied for a position with the Trump administration, hoping to be nominated as secretary of the interior or agriculture. He may still be under consideration for an ambassadorship.