WASHINGTON, U.S. - Raising concerns about how the Trump administration is drafting the president's executive orders, a review of the presidential documents has found at least five cases where the version posted on the White House website did not match the official version sent to the Federal Register.
Some of the differences include minor grammatical changes, missing words and paragraph renumbering.
However, there are also two cases where the original text referred to inaccurate or non-existent provisions of law, reports noted.
For example, the controversial travel ban executive order suspended the Visa Interview Waiver Program and required the secretary of State to enforce a section of the Immigration and Naturalization Act requiring an in-person interview for everyone seeking a non-immigrant visa.
But the White House version of the order referred to that provision as 8 U.S.C. 1222, which requires a physical and mental examination — not 8 U.S.C. 1202, which requires an interview, a report in the USA Today stated.
Further, an executive order on ethical standards for administration appointees, as it appears on the White House website, refers to”section 207 of title 28" of the U.S. Code.
As the nonprofit news site Pro Public reported last week, that section does not exist.
The Federal Register correctly cited section 207 of title 18, which does exist, the media outlet stated.
According to transparency advocates, these discrepancies led to worries about the president's executive actions.
"These last-minute edits suggest the Trump White House needs to revisit their vetting, sign-off, and publication processes for executive orders," said John Wonderlich, executive director of the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation.
The Federal Register, meanwhile, maintained its version is the exact text of what the president approved.
Most of the executive orders signed by Trump have taken place at public ceremonies.
"We would never correct something that the president signs," said Jim Hemphill, special assistant to the director of the Federal Register.
"Once the president's signature is on that, that's a legal document that we would never change."
The White House has not responded to requests for comment on the inaccuracies.