On February 28, President Donald Trump signed three bills into law. He held an Oval Office ceremony to spotlight two of them, H.R. 321 and H.R. 255, both of them feel-good symbolic resolutions declaring the importance of women in science and engineering. “Fantastic. This is so important,” Trump declared. Substantively, that wasn’t true—neither bill had any effect on policy—but politically, the president clearly welcomed the inevitable media images of him signing laws about women in front of a group of women, including the first lady and his daughter Ivanka. He seemed especially tickled that one resolution specifically encouraged the promotion of women at NASA.
“Great news. Really the way to go,” Trump said. “Very heavy into the whole NASA situation.”