Donald Trump is the 45th president of the Unites States. He caused a lot of controversy from the moment he announced his plans to run for the presidency. Now that he’s sworn in he is causing some havoc and also international outrage. His first 10 days in office were certainly quite eventful.
Trump promises to “rebuild our country and to restore it’s promise for all of our people” – His first executive order was aimed at the Affordable Care Act. One of his top priorities is to dismantle the health care law that covers millions of Americans. This means he wants to restore the all to familiar promise of no health care for those who can not afford it. Replacing the Affordable Healthcare Act with tax credits sounds good at first but it’s highly unlikely that those tax credits will cover health care costs. In the long run repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a new system will cost more than improving current regulations and it’s a waste of resources. It also comes with the possibility of even more Americans having to live without insurance and means to pay for healthcare. America certainly won’t be great again for them.
He talks about his inauguration isn’t just a transition from one administration to another, it’s also transferring the power from Washington DC and giving it back to the American people. His cabinet so far looks like this: predominantly white men, some with no relevant experience or no political and government experience whatsoever. He picked Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Carson is a retired paediatric neurosurgeon who ran the department of paediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins but has no government experience. Despite having to rely on various welfare programs throughout his childhood he is against government welfare and thinks private charities should be responsible instead. He compares abortion to slavery and same sex marriage to paedophilia. Trump’s decision to nominate Tom Price as health secretary is even more controversial and dangerous. Price tried to defund Planned Parenthood in 2015 and is best known for his plans to repeal Obamacare. He doesn’t believe that any woman needs assistance to pay for birth control. My personal favourite is nominating Scott Pruit to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. He is a climate change denier and takes part in the legal action against the Clean Power Plan.
In just a few days Trump caused a few diplomatic rows. First by sending a very clear message to the Mexican president, stating he should cancel his state visit unless he agrees for Mexico to pay for the wall on the border. Diplomacy at it’s best. No negotiations, no open discussions, acting like a five year old when his favourite toy is taken from him. There is also a row brewing between Prince Charles and Trump. The president is a climate change denier and stated that global warming is a hoax invented by the Chinese and his members of staff warned that he should not be lectured by Prince Charles, a vocal environmentalist, during Trump’s state visit in the UK. Trump also expressed his preference to meet with the younger royals instead. In the meantime a petition calling for the visit to be cancelled was signed by more than 1.5 million people and is going to be debated in parliament.
His most controversial order so far is the ban imposed on seven Muslim countries. This is what he wants us to think: this order will keep America safe because the radical Islamic terrorists will be kept out of the country. This is what it actually is: the order refers to a statute which applies to seven countries with a Muslim majority: Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq. The ban suspends the US Syrian refugee program, it also gives preference to accepting Christian refugees over Muslim refugees. It also reduces the total number of refugees allowed to enter the US in 2017 from 110.000 to 50.000. There is also the conflict of interest issue: the ban does not apply to countries with a Muslim majority where Trump Organisation has done business or had potential deals (Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E). Although the ban is meant to keep America safe and keep out terrorists it does not apply to any of the nationalities of those who carried out the 9/11 attacks. Dual nationals were initially included in the ban and although green cards are not explicitly mentioned and green card holders were told they are not included n the ban some of them still been detained at airports.
Trump managed to paint a very clear picture in just over a week. He is making America great again and he is giving America’s control back to the people of America. He is giving control back to the misogynistic, xenophobic, homophobic people and he is making America great for them. He is giving way to nepotism, ignoring science in favour of business, he is repealing an act that assured those who couldn’t previously afford healthcare were finally covered.
Make America great again with horrible fake tans, with a complete lack of diplomatic skills and with a cabinet that could not be more incompetent and therefore dangerous if they tried.