President Trump | The First Week

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Donald John Trump, 45th President of the United States of America.

If you had said those words to me two years ago, I would've laughed it off, however, today those words are a reality. As hard as it is to believe, it's only been a little over a week since President Trump has been in office and yet it has felt like an eternity with all of the commotion that's been surrounding it.

I've honestly tried to stay away from politics my whole life, but nowadays it's pretty much impossible. So, in an effort to try to educate myself on what our 45th President has in store for us, I thought I would take a look at what he's been up to in his first week in office. Check out the timeline below, highlighting a few of President Trump's (I'm never going to be able to say that with a straight face) actions this past week.

DAY 1 | Friday, January 20, 2017

  • Donald John Trump became the 45th President of the United States of America
  • President Trump signed a proclamation for a National Day of Patriotism and made formal nominations for his Cabinet picks (Check out the list of Trump's Cabinet picks courtesy of the NY Times)
  • President Trump signed his first executive order in regards to the Affordable Care Act
    • This begins a rollback of the law before an official repeal by Congress
  • James N. Mattis was sworn in as Secretary of Defense and John F. Kelly was sworn in as Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Various pages disappeared off the White House website including those related to healthcare, LGBTQ, climate change, and disabilities 
    • Note: Archiving pages from past administrations and restructuring websites is common practice, however, not having stand-in pages is a bit unusual.
Sources: NY Times,  Time, Washington Post

DAY 2 | Saturday, January 21, 2017

  • Trump made his first official visit to the CIA after initially casting doubt on the intelligent agency's assessment of the Russian intervention in the election
  • Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary, made his famous statement about Trump's inauguration crowd saying, "this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the globe."
    • This claim was quickly disproved with copious evidence including photographs and data from past inaugurations. (here's one analysis)
  • A memo was sent to agencies within the Department of the Interior to cease activity on Twitter after the National Park Service's Twitter account retweeted pictures comparing the Trump inauguration crowd to Obama's.
  • Worldwide protests took place just a day after Trump's inauguration including the women's marches across the world (Click to see photographs from marches across the continents courtesy of the NY Times)

Sources: Politico, CNN

DAY 3 | Sunday, January 22, 2017

  • Kellyanne Conway, senior Trump advisor, added the term "alternative facts" to our vocabulary when claiming that Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave "alternative facts" when speaking about the size of the inauguration attendees. Check out the clip from "Meet the Press" here.

    DAY 4 | Monday, January 23, 2017

    • Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multinational trade agreement between 12 countries that was signed on 2/4/16 to create stronger economic ties between these nations, cut tariffs, and foster trade to boost growth, according to BBC.
      • Note: This deal had not been approved by Congress yet. Trump also fulfilled one of his campaign promises with this action.
    • The Mexico City policy was reinstated, which blocks federal funding for any group that provides/promotes funding for abortions overseas.
    • A federal hiring freeze was instituted, excluding military personnel. 

    Sources: CNN, BBC, PRI

    DAY 5 | Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    • Trump signed paperwork giving the green light for the construction of two controversial pipelines, the Keystone XL and Dakota Access.
      • Keystone XL: a 1,179 mile pipeline that would run from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska; could carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day (Learn more here)
      • Dakota Access: a 1,200 mile pipeline that would run from North Dakota to Illinois; could carry 470,000 barrels of oil a day (Learn more here)

    Sources: NPR, BBC

    DAY 6 | Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    • Trump signed executive orders focusing on illegal immigration. They would help build the wall, increase deportation of illegal immigrants, and defund sanctuary cities.
      • The Wall: instructed Homeland Security Secretary to take steps to plan, design, and construct the wall along the southern border as well as figure out funding options.
      • Deportation: instructed the Department of Homeland Security to hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and an additional 10,000 immigration officers.
      • Sanctuary Cities: (cities and states that shield undocumented workers from federal law enforcement) will strip sanctuary cities of federal grant money
    Sources: CNN (1), (2)

    DAY 7 | Thursday, January 26, 2017

    • President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, cancelled meeting with POTUS after the executive order signed by Trump the day before regarding the border wall and his appearance of supporting a 20% tax on all imported goods from Mexico to pay for the wall

    Sources: NY Times

    In his first seven days, President Trump signed four executive orders.

    And, today (1/28/16) Trump banned citizens of seven-Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days and suspended admission of all refugees for 120 days (Source: CNN).

    The one thing I have learned from Trump's journey to presidency is that anything is possible. If you support President Trump, that's great, keep supporting him. If you don't support President Trump, respect that he is our president, but know that you have the power to create change.

    What are your thoughts on the 45th President's first week in office?

    x Manpreet

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