The new administration is focusing on the next phase of its presidency and a major agenda item is expected to come out of the White House in the coming weeks.
The president has been working to find ways to address issues ranging from immigration reform to climate change and is expected for the first time to sign an executive order or a budget with specific language on the issue, according to people briefed on the matter.
A new administration, while expected, is expected in the next few weeks to release an official budget, which the White Houses official will have to defend in a public forum.
The administration is also expected to announce major policy initiatives, such as overhauling the Department of Homeland Security and a plan to rebuild and modernize the military, as well as a host of regulatory changes.
The focus on major policy items is in line with President Trump’s priorities.
Trump campaigned on a populist platform of cutting regulations, slashing taxes, and building a strong middle class.
In his first 100 days, the president has cut federal regulations by more than two-thirds, according the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
The White House is working to roll out the agenda to address the opioid crisis, according a senior administration official.
A major part of that agenda is a plan for the federal government to begin issuing painkiller prescriptions, the official said.
On the issue of opioids, the administration is working on ways to cut down on abuse of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.
The opioid crisis is a national emergency and a public health emergency, the White, House, and State Department have jointly determined.
The White House also has said that the opioid epidemic has become the most serious public health crisis since the pandemic of 1918, according an administration official familiar with the deliberations.