Love Him Or Hate Him
by Katelyn Minder
Last Tuesday Americans voted. The 45th President of the United States will be Donald J. Trump. The controversy has been, so far, very interesting. Some people love him, some tolerate him and others despise him. Many Americans are asking: What will his presidency do for the country?
Advisers and persons close to Trump expect that he will mirror the Reagan administration in many ways. One of the first things he is predicted to do is overturn some of President Obama’s executive orders. Among his options for “First Day” projects are re-starting research for the Keystone Pipeline or relaxing background checks to allow for easier access to guns.
In foreign policy, Trump is predicted to encourage countries such as South Korea to develop nuclear weapons. He also feels that trade agreements are harming the country, so it is expected for him to tighten or get rid of some trade agreements with some foreign countries. He believes that the United States is engaged in trade deals that “are no good for us” and he would like to cut those ties.
Additionally, Trump will be selecting a new Supreme Court Justice upon his arrival in the White House. With a Republican hold on the House and Senate, it is expected that a more “typical” conservative will be selected.
There is also a chance that during his term Trump will select another Justice because of the age of several of the current judges. As stated prior, this will probably be a staunch conservative. For now, current abortion and affirmative action laws are expected to remain the same. However, a second conservative appointee may change that. These current laws may be up for debate.
To address the elephant in the room, it is logistically possible for Trump to build a wall on the United States’ southern border. In fact, since he has been talking about it for so long, he will more than likely at least attempt to build this wall. If he does succeed, however, it will more than likely take longer than he promised. The wall will cost $12 billion and take four years to complete.
As for Trump’s policy towards Muslims, Newt Gingrich expects a committee to be assembled in the House that would dispel persons that have pledged allegiance to ISIS, removing their American citizenship. Trump states: “[he would] screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles—or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law.”
Trump’s overarching promise to the American people was to build up the economy. He plans to cut taxes for everyone to encourage people and businesses to work and invest. According to his advisors, he plans to make significant changes in the economy within the first 100 days of his presidency—primarily by cutting taxes for businesses, which he believes should facilitate job growth.
To quote Evan Osnos, writer at The New Yorker : “Trump’s vision, even his ‘irrational belief in unreasonable goals,’ was never a charade. In the early decades of this century, Americans have sometimes traced our greatest errors to a failure of imagination: the inability to picture a terrorist, in a cave, who is able to strike; the hubris to ignore extensive State Department pr
edictions of what would come of the invasion of Iraq.” Trump is the president of the
United States for the next four years, and he undoubtedly has imagination.
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