By Danny Emerman (Online Editor-in-Chief).
President Donald Trump was inaugurated one week ago and has delivered on his promises to act immediately.
Since taking office, Trump has made over a dozen executive orders. Former president Barack Obama made 30 executive orders in his eight years, the lowest out of any Commander in Chief in 100 years.
Along with his executive actions, Trump has continued his streak of false claims (alternate facts?) and exaggerating facts on both significant and mundane topics.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found that just 36% of American voters approve of Trump’s handling of his job after his first week, while 44% say they disapprove. By comparison, Obama received a 59%-25% approval rating in the first Quinnipiac poll taken after his inauguration in 2009.
Repealing Affordable Care Act
In one of his first acts as POTUS, Trump signed an executive order to roll back Obama’s most prized piece of legislation, Obamacare.
The order directs agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay implementation of any provision or requirement” of Obamacare that imposes a burden “to the maximum extent permitted by law,” and to offer the states as much flexibility as possible in implementing health care programs.
His executive order on the ACA is vague and confusing and It is unclear if Trump has a specific plan to replace it, but it is clear that repealing Obamacare is a top priority.
The wall is coming. Although he will certainly need congress to approve federal funding, Trump’s executive order on Wednesday is paving the way for his biggest campaign promise: a “big, beautiful” wall.
“Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders,” Trump said in remarks at the Department of Homeland Security after signing the order Wednesday.
The wall will cost an estimated $12 to $15 billion and Trump continues to insist that Mexico will pay for it. He even floated the idea of a 20% tax on Mexican imports to subsidize the wall.
Trump also is cutting federal funding to sanctuary cities, which are cities who serve as a refuge for undocumented immigrants.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh vehemently disagrees with the President’s actions and vows to protect all Boston residents. “If people want to live here, they’ll live here. They can use my office. They can use any office in this building,’’ Walsh said at a Wednesday press conference at City Hall moments after Trump vowed to crack down on immigrants.
“Washington is advancing the most destructive and un-American threat on America during the campaign,’’ Walsh said. “The latest executive orders and statements by the president are a direct attack on Boston’s people, Boston’s strength and Boston’s values,” the mayor added.
Trump is also expected to announce executive actions limiting the flow of refugees into the US and instituting “extreme vetting” of immigrants.
With executive actions, President Trump is advancing the approval of both the Dakota and Keystone pipelines, much to the chagrin of environmentalists.
Tom Stayer, the president of NextGen Climate, a PAC devoted to preserving the environment, said Trump is putting “corporate interests ahead of American interests.”
“The pipelines are all risk and no reward, allowing corporate polluters to transport oil through our country to be sold on the global market, while putting our air and water at serious risk,” he said in a statement.
On Monday, President Trump announced that America will withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.
In the past, Trump had called TPP “a continuing rape of our country.”
Withdrawing from TPP is symbolic of Trump’s confrontational ideology when it comes to trade deals. He wants to use his dealmaking skills and negotiate with China and other trade partners.
Trump reinstated the “Mexico City Policy,” which was first implemented under Ronald Reagan. The policy bars taxpayer dollars from being used to fund non-governmental organizations “providing counseling or referrals for abortion or advocating for access to abortion services in their country.”
Trump has banned EPA employees from disclosing information on social media or to the press.
This is clearly concerning because of the infringement of the first amendment, freedom of the press. If the Trump white house can control the narrative and prevent the media from covering important environmental news, that is a significant issue.
President Trump is also planning to launch an investigation into a conspiracy theory regarding potential voter fraud. There is no clear evidence of any apparent fraud.
He lost the popular vote by about 3 million votes to democrat Hillary Clinton.