United States President Donald J. Trump has been in office for nearly five months. During this time, Trump’s activity has dominated the media. After having reviewed such coverage, I have pinpointed what I believe to be his greatest accomplishments, or “Trump’s Triumphs.” Please have a read and be sure to leave any comments or questions below.
1. Trump Drops The Paris Climate Agreement
On June 1st, Trump withdrew from the Paris Agreement, making the United States one out of three nations who are not apart of the Agreement. The other two nations, Syria and Nicaragua, are engaged in a brutal, civil war and believe that more should be done about the climate, respectively. Although this is not universally seen as an accomplishment, this can be seen as the largest international “Trump Triumph.” He has both supported and been supported by the growth of the coal and oil industries; therefore, this is seen as a win for his supporters, businesses, and his administration.
2. The House passes health care bill
On May 3rd, the House passed legislation that could lead to the repeal and replacement of Obama’s most significant accomplishment, The Affordable Healthcare Act. Trump’s legislation, The American Health Care Act, barely passed through the House with a 217-213 votes. Nevertheless, it marks the biggest domestic accomplishment Trump has seen while in office.
**What it could mean, if it passes through the Senate:
Many aspects of Obama’s healthcare plan would be dismantled, leading to a reduction of coverage. After you have been uninsured for 63 days, you will be charged a penalty upon seeking out healthcare. Trump has also promised to keep that children can stay on their parent’s plan up until they are 26.
3. Supreme Court Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed
In early April, Colorado’s Neil Gorsuch was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in a 54-45 vote. This confirmation filled the open position, thereby filling the Supreme Court and reconfirming the 5-4 conservative majority of judges once again.
NATO has long been an alliance that is primarily financially backed by the United States.
It is intended and recommended that each member country spends 2% of their GDP on NATO defence, however there is no penalty if a member country spends less than the recommended 2%. The United States currently spends 3.61% of their entire GDP, which based on how large the United States economy is ends up being a total of 22% of NATO costs. Trump has used this debate when confronting NATO members noting that the total reliance on the United States needs to come to an end. During his most recent visit to Brussels, he advised that NATO focus on combatting terrorism threats and immigration. Although it is unlikely Trump’s claims will lead to nations meeting the 2% recommendation, it is likely a more nationalistic agenda will be set by NATO members for defense —meaning, the members pay less into NATO and more on their own defense initiatives, internally. From the Trump Agenda, this is a triumph because it is a step towards focusing on America’s national agenda rather than supporting countries who are not fully committing to a financial arrangement.
5. Domestic Jobs
One of Trump’s primary promises during the election season was to turn inwards and create domestic jobs. Early in his presidency, he started reaching out to businesses and working out deals with large companies to keep jobs within the United States rather than having companies outsource their work. However, instead of reinstalling coal plants that have gone out of business in recent years, the United States could or rather should back alternative energy industries. Nonetheless, Trump has played a role in reopening traditional industrial work.
6. Immigration Policies
Tighter immigration policies and vetting procedures, a wall, and a decrease in immigration are wins for the Trump Administration. Although both his bans as well as his wall along the southern border proposals have not been adopted and made into law, they could be considered somewhat effective due to the fact many people are scared to enter. Further, Trump has achieved higher rates of deportation of illegal persons in the United States. Though many individuals have been deported, the question still remains: how effectively are the millions of tax dollars, that are being invested in deportations, supporting the economy?
*Author’s Disclaimer: This article is intended to highlight what the Trump Administration has accomplished from an objective point of view. These six pillars are all objectives Trump has laid out during his election and though many of the initiatives have yet to pass, the groundwork has been laid. Each of these six points can be seen in a positive light if viewed with a conservative lens. Though I do not personally align with the political party, I find it important to note what has happened in the first five months and what could happen in the future. A well-rounded education is key to being not only an informed citizen, but a good one as well.
Written by Jessica Hoefer
The Freie Universität Berlin, with Ullstein Verlag and newspaper, Die Zeit, organized the German book presentation of Bernie Sanders’ “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe in.”
Though the purpose of this event was to focus on his book release, Senator Bernie Sanders, to the pleasure of the crowd, took to the stage and opened by explaining “what the hell is going on in the United States.”
Sanders began by addressing the very real threat of climate change. He considered the US’ (at the time, possible) withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, a “horrific mistake”- calling it a “crisis of extraordinary consequence that calls out for strong international cooperation.”
Sanders continued with his opinions of Trump’s presidency, noting just “how far out of touch Trump is with the American people” in terms of climate change, international cooperation and life and death issues that impact the working families of America. Bernie specifically honed in on Trump’s budget proposal, calling it “the most horrific budget ever submitted to Congress in the modern history of the US.” Not only would the budget throw 23 million Americans off of the health insurance they are currently on, but it also makes cuts to nutrition programs (i.e. Women-Infant Children Program), affordable housing, environmental protection all the while providing $3 trillion in tax breaks to the top one percent in a ten year period. Bernie labeled it, “A massive transfer of wealth from working families, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor, to the top one percent.”
Senator Sanders went on to express his concerns for Trump’s disrespect for democracy and tolerance. Sanders called Trump’s unprecedented attacks against the media, “nothing less than an effort to intimidate those who would criticize him and to undermine respect for a free press” as well as “a major assault on democracy in the United States.” He also referenced Trump’s attack on the independent judiciary of the United States, as an effort “to diminish a co-equal branch of government, as outlined by the Constitution of the United States.”
When prompted, Bernie went on to explain the results of the 2016 US presidential election. He noted the very large portion of citizens that voted for Trump because they felt left behind and that their grievances went unnoticed. Sanders followed up expressing, “Donald Trump is not representative of the majority of the population of the United States” and that the US does in fact value its alliance with Germany along with other European countries. Sanders declared, “The job of a leader is to bring people together, not divide them up.”
Sanders warned that the United States is moving in the direction of becoming an oligarchic form of society, with the “top one percent globally owning more wealth than the bottom 99 percent of the world’s population. And the wealthiest eight people in the world owning more wealth than the bottom half of the world’s population.” Met with a loud applause, Sanders asserted, “Our job is not to accept that outrage.”
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