As of Monday afternoon, President Joe Biden had signed 21 executive orders, far exceeding the amount of any other U.S. president during his first week in office.
The second week of Biden's presidency does not begin until Wednesday, but he has already issued double the number of executive orders than the previous four presidents did combined.
The last four presidents issued a combined 10 executive orders in their first week:
- President Donald Trump: 4
- President Barack Obama: 5
- President George W. Bush: 0
- President Bill Clinton: 1
Biden's 21 executive orders do not include an additional 12 "proclamations, memoranda, and agency directives." These "executive actions" are centered around "addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and undoing former President Donald Trump's actions."