Trump has only been in office for a little over a week, but his time in the seat has already made headlines, spurred protests, and can perhaps be marked as one of the most tumultuous presidencies in American history thus far.
Already, he has made more than 10 Executive Orders to overturn many different areas of policy.
Trump suspended the American refugee program for 120 days, blocking immigrants and visa holders from several majority countries like Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan from coming to the country for 90 days.
He ordered the Department of Homeland Security to begin constructing a wall on the US-Mexican border and signed an order to withhold money from sanctuary cities.
Abortion and women’s rights
Trump re-enforced the “global gag rule,” where non-governmental groups abroad must now agree not to provide safe and legal abortion services in order to receive American support.
The groups must comply with Trump’s orders: Either they cut off important reproductive health services and accept Trump’s demand or they lose funding for contraception and preventative health screenings.
Trump’s “global gag” rule will not stop women from having abortions. Women will either self-induce an abortion or seek one from a questionable provider. During the 1950s and 1960s, the number of illegal abortions ranged from 200,000 to 1.2 million per year. According to Our Bodies Ourselves, 5,000 women died from unsafe abortions.
Trump ordered a “media blackout” at the EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture which meant no blog posts, press releases or social media. He showed support for the Dakota Access pipeline which endangers water sites and encouraged TransCanada to construct the Keystone Xl pipeline which Obama’s administration previously rejected.
He ordered hiring freezes in the federal government except for military and national security positions and a temporary regulatory freeze. Eventually, the freeze was lifted for the Veterans Affairs government agency. Other exemptions to the hiring freeze are postal service hirings, employees with restoration rights, and approvals made by the Pathways Internship and Presidential Management Fellows program.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced plans to suspend a rate cut which blocks novice borrowers from taking out loans that were less expensive.
Overall, Trump is making many new changes that segues into a new America in the next four years. What will he do next? Time will only tell.
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