Opinion: In less than a year, Trump has set back the United States

Sydney Corio

Staff Writer

 

As the year is coming to a close, America approaches the end of its newly-elected president’s first year in office. Overall, different presidents perform different acts to boost America forward while in office. Therefore, it is very difficult to compare one president with another.  But President Trump seems to be setting America further back in time.

In the first 100 days of his presidency, Trump established himself as a person with a louder bark than a bite, as can be seen in his promises set for this time period.

Of these 38 specified promises, Trump accomplished a solid ten of them through executive orders. Because of this, the Chicago Tribune marked the list as “more of a to-do list that spoiled over past the expiration date.”

Some of these promises — such as the one about the building of his great wall and Mexico’s willingness to foot the bill — are still waiting to be upheld.

Granted, the president is credited for his swiftness in appointing Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. However, Trump historically falls short in comparison to the previous presidents.

Ultimately, the number of bills signed during the Trump administration is the highest recorded in this time period since 1949. While Roosevelt’s record of 76  had at least nine major legislative bills within the number, however, Trump’s 28 had none.

Most of these bills revolved around what many have labeled “housekeeping” issues and were successful solely because of their low status.

When Trump and his Cabinet attempted to pass more major legislation, it was clear that they could not agree.  This was seen in his many attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Besides housekeeping, many of President Trump’s major administration points also revolve around Executive Orders and personal beliefs. For example, Trump has been denying climate change for years, and did so during his campaign. He believes climate change is merely a myth made up by the Chinese government. Meanwhile, there were three storms — Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria — that tore through parts of the United States one after another.

These storms, which left the entire country of Puerto Rico without power, were hardly on the president’s mind. This was clear because the cruise line, Royal Caribbean, had taken the initiative to help survivors before the president himself did anything.

In addition, Trump attacked the mayor of San Juan, declaring that she is doing a poor leadership job in trying to get her citizens to help. The president elegantly tweeted from his golf resort: “They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”

Other instances in which President Trump used his personal beliefs to influence his decisions include both banning transgender soldiers from the military and allowing employers to stop paying for preventative health care if it clashed with their religious beliefs.

These two outrageous choices are two major setbacks from what America has fought hard to earn. Everything that has been earned is being slowly taken away.

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