President Donald Trump signs executive order telling agencies to ease health care burden

President Donald Trump signed three executive orders in the Oval Office, one of his first acts as the 45th president of the United States.

President Donald Trump signed three executive orders in the Oval Office, one of his first acts as the 45th president of the United States. (1/20/17)

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has signed his first executive order as president, ordering federal agencies to ease the burden of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law.

Presidential spokesman Sean Spicer refused to offer details on the order.

Trump was joined in the Oval Office by Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and other top advisers as he signed the executive order on the Affordable Care Act. The law, sometimes referred to as "Obamacare,” was one that Trump opposed throughout his campaign.

Trump also formally signed the commissions of incoming Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

The White House says Priebus was also sending a memorandum to agencies and departments instituting an immediate freeze on regulations. No additional details were immediately available.

Asked about his first day as president, Trump said, "It was busy but good - a beautiful day."

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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