He’s Doing What He Said He Would

In his first 40 days in office, President Trump has fulfilled his campaign promises to date.

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He’s Doing What He Said He Would

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President Trump’s campaign was built on high-reaching slogans, but people question if he really can follow through on the promises he made. Needless to say, his voters will be extremely upset if he does not follow through. Although he has been in office less than 40 days, the public and media are already analyzing his every move. He started his presidency with a flurry of executive orders as most presidents do, but the delay of getting his cabinet picks confirmed has slowed his agenda a bit. Nevertheless, many people wonder if he is even starting in the direction of keeping his promises.

“Build the Wall”

CNN reports that Donald Trump has signed executive orders to start construction on the wall between the US and Mexico. In addition, President Trump added an additional 5,000 Border Patrol agents as well as 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. This order and others are meant to encourage deportation of illegal immigrants and strip sanctuary cities of their federal funds grants. Although, the scheduled meeting in January between President Trump and the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, was cancelled due to the public pressure Nieto was feeling from the citizens and others around him about refusing Donald Trump’s agenda to have Mexico pay for the wall. Prior to the cancellation, Donald Trump did tweet that it would be better to skip the meeting if the president did not intend to budge on his position to refuse to pay for the wall.

“Drain the Swamp”

CNN reports that Donald Trump signed an executive order to increase the lobbying ban to five years instead of Obama’s two year ban that President Trump claims has lots of “loopholes.” He also signed executive orders to reorganize the National Security Council’s structure. The NSC is a part of the executive office and deals with foreign policy along with national security issues, and it contains top security advisors and Cabinet officials. Certain people see Donald Trump’s “Drain the Swamp” agenda in his Cabinet picks. For example, Ben Carson was picked to head up the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), but he is a retired neurosurgeon whose only political experience came from running for the Republican nominee starting in 2015. Carson, along with others of Trump’s cabinet picks, are really not considered to be “common politicians” that spend a lot of time in Washington.

“Lock her up”

One of President Trump’s most famous moments during the debates occurred when he told Hillary Clinton that if he was president “you’d be in jail.” Fox 6 reports that once he actually became the president-elect he drastically scaled back his attacks on Clinton and his promises to put her in jail. Donald Trump said during his campaign that if he won the presidency he would hire a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton’s use of a private email server. Although now as POTUS, Donald Trump has not done anything concerning the Clinton email issue. CBS adds that in regard to Clinton and assigning a special prosecutor, a couple of days after he was elected president, Donald Trump said that he would “think about it.” Either way, President Trump would be expected to get lots of criticism and pushback.

“Make America Great Again”

Some of President Trump’s main points he wants to highlight for his presidency are economic issues and his policy of “America first.” He believes these things along with others is what will make America great. USA Today reports that he has already signed an executive order to roll back regulations on small businesses. This order is meant to save small businesses money by allowing them to save significant amounts of money on the government regulations regarding paperwork and licenses. Although, certain people are skeptical on how this will be implemented or even if it will work. His policy of “America first” seems to be his driving force behind his new immigration ban that has yet to be enforced due to questions of legalities being explored in the judicial branch. This order would be meant to implement new “extreme vetting” to manage the radical Islam and refugees problems, and it would suspend all refugees coming into the US for 120 days and suspend immigrants for 90 days coming from 7 different Middle Eastern countries that are predominantly Muslim. While some people view this as “making America great” by putting America first, others see it as purely discrimination against Muslims.

Although Donald Trump’s Presidency has been surrounded by much criticism and skepticism about his plans as Commander in Chief, he has already started to do what his campaign promised in certain areas much to the chagrin of some and happiness of others. There is no doubt that President Trump will not be able to get everything done in 4 years just like every other president, but it does look as if he will try. Just being about 40 days into Donald Trump’s presidency seems to have the country in a whirlwind, and who knows what America will look like in 4 years.

 

 

 

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