President Donald Trump has signed his first bill into law in the Capitol, surrounded by congressional leaders on Friday, January 20, moments after being sworn-in.
The 45th President of the United States signed a bill passed by Congress earlier this month that would allow retired General James Mattis to serve as defense secretary by waiving the legal requirement that he be out of the military for seven years before doing so, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer
Mattis will still need to be confirmed by the Senate, which was expected on Friday afternoon.
According to Spicer, the other papers Trump was signing included formal nominations for his Cabinet and a proclamation for a national day of patriotism.
The ceremony took place after Trump left the podium outside the Capitol building where he was sworn in and delivered his inaugural address.
As is customary, Trump used a series of pens to sign the measures, then distributed the pens among the people gathered.
The Senate will begin voting on Trump's Cabinet on Friday afternoon, but is only expected to confirm two nominees that day Mattis and retired Gen. John Kelly, up for Homeland Security.