February 15, 2017
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On January 20th, 2017, Donald J. Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States. After he and Vice President Mike Pence were sworn in, Trump delivered his Inaugural address, which he states that he wrote himself. However, I’m not sure that we can trust the Trumps when they claim that their speeches are original (reference Melania Trump’s speech that was spoofed from Michelle Obama’s late last year.) In his speech, he started out by thanking the American people, stating that “we, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country” (and walls) “and restore its promise to all of our people.” Nations from around the world heard Trump when he emphasized the need to put “America First,” a prevalent theme throughout his speech. The Netherlands heard his need to put Americans first, and responded back with a mock video saying, “we get that it’s America first, but can we just say: Netherlands Second?” Other countries also made videos in reaction to Trump’s “America First” Video, including Italy, Germany, Kazakhstan, Portugal, and even…Mars.
The day following his inauguration, the women’s march took place. According to the New York Times, “at least 470,000 people were at the women’s march in Washington in the areas on or near the mall.” Crowd Scientists estimate that there were only around 250,000 people that attended Mr. Trump’s Inauguration just a day before.
During his first Monday as President, Donald Trump signed an executive order pulling America out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which contradicted the Obama Administration (but what’s new?). That day, Trump also tweeted that millions of illegal votes were cast in opposition to him, and that’s why he lost the popular vote against Hillary Clinton. White house press secretary Sean Spencer stated, “The President does believe that.” I hate to break it to you Mr. Trump, but if you had a half a million people marching against you and your beliefs… I don’t think you lost the vote because of Illegal ballots. Remember guys, if you ever feel bad about being rejected by a woman, at least you didn’t get rejected by half the women in America.
On Tuesday, Trump signed another executive order to start the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. While there are good things that could come out of the pipeline, there are more that outweigh it. The Pipeline would have a drastic impact on the environment and water supply of the Native Americans that live in the region. Later that night, Trump continued to tweet about how he believes that millions of illegal votes were cast. When Spencer took to the newsroom, he stated that the Trump administration might look into the voter fraud. To end his Tuesday, Trump tweeted to his loving followers, “We will build the wall!” I think it got so many favorites because people thought that he was talking about building a wall around himself so we wouldn’t have to see his horrendous tweets.
On Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order allowing the start of the building of the Mexico-US wall. He stated that “today is the day that the United States of America gets back control of its borders.” According to the Administration, tariffs will be imposed on goods from Mexico to pay for the 1,900 mile wall after Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said that Mexico will not pay for the wall.
On Thursday, Trump “clapped back” at Mexico and told Mexico’s president that he should cancel their meeting in Washington if he’s going to keep refusing to pay for the wall. Neito stated that “Mexico does not believe in walls.” As reported by the Huffington post, Ronald Reagan once said, “rather than putting up a fence, why don’t we work out some recognition of our mutual problems?” According to Reagan, the border should be open both ways.
On Friday January 27th, Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning seven major Muslim countries. How can he compartmentalize all Muslims into one ban? Not all Muslims are radicals. Not all Muslims are going to taunt Christians. There are Muslims out there who are just seeking religious asylum, and because of Trump, they’ll have a hard time finding it. America, which was founded as a melting pot, will no longer allow people of other religions or countries in.
Whether or not you support Trump’s actions in his first week or you oppose them, we only have 194 weeks until the next presidential election, unless Trump decides to sign an executive order allowing Presidents to serve longer than eight years. Let’s hope for the best.