Trump rescinds ‘drain the swamp’ order limiting lobbyist work for ex-administration officials

President Donald Trump rescinded an executive order hours before leaving the White House that would limit administration officials from jumping right away into lobbying work, one of the most meaningful steps he took to "drain the swamp."

The president signed the order with much fanfare in January 2017, boasting that he'd fulfilled one of his signature campaign promises, but quietly ended the policy early Wednesday morning, shortly before he and first lady Melania Trump will fly to their next home in Florida, reported the Washington Post.

The order required executive branch appointees to pledge that they'd never work as registered foreign lobbyists and barred them for five years from lobbying the federal agency where they'd worked.

No explanation was offered for Trump's pullback of the order, which was released by the White House at 1:08 a.m.