The Beginning of the Trump Presidency

Now that Donald Trump is the President of The United States, it is clear that many things are going to change. During his campaign, Trump prioritized issues like the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), building a Mexican border wall, prioritizing jobs and security of the American people, reducing taxes, supporting veterans, defeating ISIS, rebuilding a stronger military, protecting Constitutional rights, and world trade. Many Americans oppose Trump and his policies and there was even a Women’s March the day after he was inaugurated to show that women and minorities will not accept Trump’s views.  

In the first week of his presidency, President Trump tried to enforce a travel ban. The travel ban stopped people, especially refugees, from coming to The United States from Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia. Many people are calling the ban “The Muslim Ban,” because all of the countries impacted by the ban are predominantly Islamic countries. Although  President Trump ensures that the ban is for the United States’ safety from radical Islamic terrorists, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan are not banned from sending refugees or immigrants to the U.S.  People are accusing President Trump of not banning Saudi Arabia because of our debt to them, their oil, and his business relations there.  The September 11th, 2001 terrorist attack on the U.S. was done by radical Muslims from Saudi Arabia, and if President Trump’s ban was really enforced for the safety of the United States, Saudi Arabia would be on the ban list.  Similar to the travel ban, President Trump also plans to build a wall around the Mexico border to keep Mexican immigrants out of the United States.  He claims that Mexico will pay for the wall, but the President of Mexico has repeatedly said that they will not.  Many Americans are angry that the money for the wall may come out of their tax money.

As of very recently, President Trump has appointed Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education.  DeVos needed a majority vote from the Senate to be elected.  The Senate vote for DeVos was tied at 50 to 50 and Mike Pence was the tiebreaking vote.  Pence voted for DeVos and she was elected.  This was the first time the Vice President had to be the tie breaking vote in the Senate for a cabinet nomination.  DeVos has never attended a public school and neither have her children.  In addition, her children have never needed a student loan and neither has she.  She does not have an education degree, but she has a bachelor’s degree in business economics.  The new Secretary of Education has no experience working in a school environment and is a huge supporter of Christian-based education.  Since 1980, she has given almost a million dollars to Republican Senators.   Betsy DeVos has suggested that schools really need to consider whether or not guns should be allowed on campus, because guns could “protect [students] from potential grizzlies.”  She seems oddly passionate about protecting schools from bear attacks.  It is slightly concerning that she is not just as passionate about making college affordable and improving education in public schools,

The Women’s March was a strong statement directed at President Trump by minorities and minority supporters.

PC: Kristine Kane

By Bri Manikhoth


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