A turbulent, scandalous, media infected campaign with a result to match. On the 8th of November 2016, Trump became the USA’s next President elect. Accused of sexism, racism and misogyny, his radical words caused many to fear, with many expecting his Democrat rival, Hillary Clinton, to win. Having been First Lady and Secretary of State, the polls were in favour of this experienced woman.
However, arguably neither candidate was favoured. Hillary was despised by many. With her missing emails, her responsibility for factors that contributed to the Benghazi consulate attack, many felt Hilary had a lot to hide and that she was untrustworthy. But here we are now, the campaigning is over and the United Stated has a new president. But the attention and blur of events surrounding the USA’s presidency still continues.
President Trump was inaugurated on the 20th of January 2017, standing where great presidents had stood before him. From Kennedy to Lincoln, it was an incomprehensible sight to see this man where great leaders had once stood. From meetings and a growing friendship with UKIP’s Nigel Farage, to marches against Trump across the globe, to accusations of “fake news” in the U.S and the world, Trump has already caused a stir. Is this what it will be like for the next four, or even eight, years of a Trump Presidency?
Aged seventy, married three times with five children, Trump is one of the oldest and arguably most scandalous candidates to assume presidency. A wealthy businessman, with products in his name from “Trump ice” to “Trump vodka”, the name Trump is on almost everything. And now he has the White House, Trump is unpredictable and radical with his approach to leading a country. It is arguably like a competitive game he wants to win and “Make America great again”. So what can we expect from Trump? The best place to start is to consider what he has done in office so far.
On the 23rd Trump reinstated the abortion policy. This blocks U.S taxpayers funding foreign and non-government organisations that promote or support abortions. This was originally announced by Reagan in 1984, stopped by Bill Clinton, reinstated back in order by Bush, and then stopped again by Obama. Historically, it is a controversial policy.
Trump also froze federal work forces from hiring any new employees. This, however, does not apply to military personnel. He also announced that he seeks to boost defense spending by 10% in his budget plan for 2018, increasing it by $54bn (£43bn). This money would come from elsewhere, such as foreign aid.
Trump imposed a travel ban from and to the U.S from majority Muslim countries including Iraq, Iran and Syria. It had covered headlines as it affected all who have nationality of any of these 7 countries. Initially this affected those even with green cards and affected permanent legal U.S residents, causing widespread confusion. However, days later a memo was then issued saying it did not apply to permanent residents. Trump’s ban was then blocked by a U.S judge, on grounds that it was “unconstitutional”. Trump and his team responded for an immediate reinstatement of the ban but this was rejected. Many people who had been detained in airports and prevented from boarding flights were then able to enter the U.S.
These orders are just some so far that have been carried out by Trump in his first while as president. All eyes are still on Trump and what he will do next. So what will happen and who will it affect? We will just have to wait and find out.