On January 20th, 2017, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. On January 20th, 2017, protesters amplified their assault proportionately to the amount of media coverage of a fabricated Russian conspiracy theory in attempts to delegitimize the president. However, the Donald persisted and achieved a historical pace of executive orders (43) to start to work on his key campaign promises.
Sitting at about a 42% overall approval rating, Trump’s highest rating, compared to the past 13 presidents, is the lowest. However, his approval rating among the people who voted for him is fairly high at a 94% constituency approval rating.
Here is a brief overview of the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency:
President Trump signs executive order to advance Trans-Canada Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline will transport 800,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada, Montana, and North Dakota to refineries on the Gulf Coast and create $739 million in economic activity, 4,400 jobs (with $149.4 million in earnings), and $244.3 million in Gross State Product.
President Trump signs executive order to begin Mexican border wall proceedings and to improve immigration enforcement. Unfortunately, the proceedings will be put on the backburner as Trump has put other priorities first. However, Trump promises the “wall will be built.”
President Trump fires Attorney General Sally Yates after she refused to support Trump’s travel ban. Support within his cabinet is necessary for success and unity with any presidential administration, a lack of said support from his now former Attorney General, forced Trump to remove Yates from her position. This unity will come into question later with Comey (who should have been fired long before May) and his investigation into the Russian collusion conspiracy.
President Trump appoints Jeff Sessions to be his Attorney General, filling Yates’ position.
National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigns amid Russian conspiracy allegations.
President Trump rescinds transgender bathroom law allowing only students to use the bathroom of their choice, according to their gender identity.
President Trump signs an executive order temporarily banning travel from six countries (which was the same list the Obama administration came up with in 2015). The executive order would prevent travel from extremist-laden countries to help prevent terrorists from entering the US.
President Trump submitted his decent budget proposal that included a $54 billion increase to the military budget. His proposal also cut out extraneous programs, (such as Meals on Wheels, PBS and NPR, the Chemical Safety Board, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness) that were subsidized by the government, in an attempt to cut government spending where it shouldn’t be going.
His bill cuts the IRS budget by 14 percent, a great move since the previous administration insisted on IRS oversight for everything from healthcare to non-profit political perspective. Trump also cuts the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 24 percent, another good move because of the EPA’s expansion into federal legislation. Things like this need to be delegated to local, state-level decisions.
The Senate confirms Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy from Antonin Scalia.
President Trump authorized Syrian missile launch in response to the chemical attack in Syria. A Syrian survivor of the chemical attack expressed gratitude for how the launch “gave hope” to his people.
President Trump signs “Buy American, Hire American” executive order. The executive order will hopefully strengthen Trump’s agenda to bring jobs back to America.
President Trump submits his proposal for new tax plan which would reduce the number of individual tax brackets will lower the business tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, and eliminate the corporate alternative minimum tax to stimulate the economy. A step in the right direction, Trump’s tax plan simplifies the tax code and relieves the overstressed tax system that was run into the ground by Obama.
In my opinion…
Trump has done well in his first 100 days, amid conspiracies and spurious media coverage, but he has also made mistakes. The American Health Care Act does not repeal Obama care, Trump’s wall is not being built yet, sanctuary cities are still taking in illegal aliens (hopefully his proposal to fix this works), and the national deficit (that doubled in size under Obama) is still looming under Trump thus far. However, Trump has made strides to reduce government spending and notable attempts to revitalize the economy.
Let’s be clear, Trump will not destroy America or the world, nor will he fix all the problems that plague the United States during his time in office. President Trump has merely scratched the surface, and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
Here is a great place that breaks down the promises Trump has, hasn’t, or is working to keep.
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