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A breakdown of Trump administration’s first week and a half


Molly Weston

After being in office for only a week and a half, the Trump administration has implemented several controversial executive orders, nominated a Supreme Court Justice, fired the acting Attorney General and, of course, tweeted. The last 11 days have been a blur of airport protests and radical change, leaving many Americans in a whirlwind of chaos and confusion.

So what exactly is it that Trump’s done?

Trump, Pence and Ryan at Capital Hill after the inauguration. Courtesy of Creative Commons

He officially pulled the U.S from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

His fifth executive order banned refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days. Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely. Trump also blocked any visa or Green-Card holders from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S for the next 90 days.

The President ordered in a memoranda for a new plan of action for fighting ISIS to be drafted in the next 30 days.

Trump initiated planning for building the wall along the U.S.- Mexican border. In this order, his third, he asked that officials begin looking at monetary costs as well as logistics of creating a more secure border.

As one of his first actions, Trump signed an executive order that severely cut back on Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act.

Trump also put into action an executive order that works at reducing the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. by increasing the amount of U.S. immigration officers as well as deportations.

In accordance to his pro-life stance, Trump reenacted the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits federal funds from going to international organizations that provide abortions.

He also signed an executive order streamlining the construction of the controversial Dakota Access and the Keystone XL Pipelines.

These actions, which by no means represent all that the Trump administration has done in the first week and a half, have both stirred up controversy as well as approval. Whether or not Americans voted for Trump in November 2016, many are finding themselves faced with a presidency unlike any before.