Trump’s first 100 days in office


Carly Craig, News Editor

The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, was inaugurated on Jan. 20. With America more divided than it’s ever been, we take a look at what President Trump hopes to accomplish in his first 100 days in office, which will end on April 29th.

President Trump announced when he was elected back in November that he had three main areas of focus: imposing term limits on Congress, protecting American workers and restoring the law. President Trump also wanted to work on over ten pieces of legislation that included funding the building of the wall that will border the United States and Mexico and to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care).

On Jan. 21, his first full day in office, President Trump signed an Executive Order that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. He aimed for the secretary of Health and Human Services to interpret the Affordable Care Act loosely and not enforce it to the fullest of its abilities to save citizens money in the meantime, while he worked to fully repeal the act.

Then, on Jan. 25, on his sixth day in office, President Trump ordered that Homeland Security immediately begin construction on a 1,900 mile wall on the border of Mexico and America. His order also included adding 5,000 more agents to guard the border. While it’s unclear where the funding of the wall would actually come from, considering the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto gave a statement during a speech at the National Palace saying Mexico would not pay for the wall, Trump has ordered that federal funding will be used to begin constructing the wall. Congress however, would need to approve funding for the wall, which is unlikely to happen. Some citizens seem to be in support of the wall because it will bring American jobs as well as fix the illegal immigration problem. Others, however, believe it’s unrealistic because some of the land Trump wants to build on is privately owned, not to mention the hurdle of getting Congress to approve such large funding.

The next day on Jan. 26, President Trump signed an executive order that would keep foreign immigrants from entering the country for 120 days while immigrants from seven Muslim countries would be kept out for three months. The goal of this executive order was to protect the nation from the entry of foreign terrorists. This act was met with severe backlash as well as fierce support. Former Attorney General Sally Yates said that this act was “unconstitutional” and therefore refused to enforce it. President Trump then fired Yates for “refusing to enforce a legal order.”

Other than his controversial executive orders, President Trump has also signed Memorandums which are less powerful than Executive Orders, but lay out his future plans for what he wants to accomplish in office.

On his third day in office, President Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy that restricts US funding for abortions to nongovernmental organizations. Trump signed this memorandum, which had been repealed in 2009 by the Obama administration and originally put in place by the Reagan Administration. The specific signing of this was met with backlash on social media, because not one woman was pictured  as President Trump signed this Memorandum.

The next day, President Trump signed a memorandum that the construction of American pipelines would continue. These include the construction of the Keystone Pipeline as well as the highly protested Dakota Access Pipeline. In regards to the Keystone Pipeline that the Obama administration had put a stop to, Trump ordered that the pipeline proceeds. However, the terms of the pipelines are being renegotiated, which could take some time. President Trump said that when these pipelines get built, he would like to see them built with American products.

Although we are only around fifty days into President Trump’s presidency, Americans have a good idea what to expect in the next fifty days he’s in office. After laying out his plans with the Pipelines, abortions, and his controversial executive orders, Americans have a glimpse into what Trump’s presidency will really be like. President Trump has stayed true to his campaign promises, signing executive orders and Memorandums alike to accomplish what he promised. However, many of his acts were declared unconstitutional by congress and have some serious hurdles to overcome before they are accomplished.