Trump finishes up first week of presidency

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By Michael Vadon - CC BY-SA 2.0
By Michael Vadon – CC BY-SA 2.0

President Donald Trump was sworn into office on Friday, Jan. 20. Here is a summary of Trump’s actions in his first week as 45th president of the United States.

Day 1: Friday, Jan. 20

On his first day on the job, Trump immediately ordered a regulatory freeze on all federal agencies. This action allows Trump’s administration to review pending regulations put in place by the Obama administration before they are completed. This is a common practice among succeeding presidents, said Susan Dudley, former administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

He signed an executive order aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

Trump also ordered the National Parks Service to temporarily cease use of its Twitter after the agency retweeted two side-by-side photos comparing Barack Obama’s inaugural crowd in 2009 to Trump’s from this year.

Day 4: Monday, Jan. 23

Trump reinstated a policy that prohibits giving American foreign aid to health providers outside of the U.S. who mention abortion as an option in family planning. This policy is known as the Mexico City policy, while critics refer to it as the global gag rule. Since its inception in the Reagan era, the policy has been volleying between Democratic and Republican administrations suspending and reinstating it respectively.

He signed two additional executive orders, cancelling U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and instilling a hiring freeze within federal agencies excluding the military.

Trump again repeated the narrative that voter fraud was prevalent in the 2016 election, which he won. He has yet to provide evidence for his claim.

Day 5: Tuesday, Jan. 24

Trump banned the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture from communicating with the public through news releases, fact sheets, photos, blog updates and social media posts. He has also instructed the EPA to remove a page on its site that delineates climate change with research and data.

On Tuesday, Trump signed executive actions to continue construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, the constructions of both previously being blocked by the Obama administration.

Day 6: Wednesday, Jan. 25

The president signed two executive orders: one ordering the construction of the campaign-promised wall along the southern border of the U.S. and one calling to strip sanctuary cities of federal grant funding.

A sanctuary city is an overarching term applied to localities that have policies in place to limit interaction with and assistance to federal immigration enforcement. Wall construction will begin as soon as possible and U.S. taxpayers will initially pay for it, suggesting Mexico will in some way pay for it in the future. The wall is estimated to cost about $15 billion at most.

Trump said during an interview with ABC News on Wednesday that he absolutely thinks torture works.

Day 7: Thursday, Jan. 26

President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto cancelled a scheduled meeting with the POTUS the day following Trump’s executive order on constructing the wall. A spokesperson for Trump said the wall could be paid for with a 20 percent import tax on Mexican goods.

Trump had planned to sign an executive order to investigate his unfounded claims of voter fraud in the election. He did not sign the order because of scheduling issues, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said.

Day 8: Friday, Jan. 27

Trump signed two executive actions a week after his inauguration. One order was to develop “extreme vetting” measure to keep “radical Islamic terrorists” out of the U.S.

The other instructed officials to review America’s military and construct a list of plans in regards to equipment updates, training improvement and increased budget threats. This is part of Trump’s campaign promise to build up the military.

Although the scheduled meeting between the U.S. and Mexico’s presidents had been cancelled, Trump and Nieto spoke over the phone and told the public the call had been productive. The two remained steadfast in their positions however.