Whoever thought Donald Trump deserved a chance to lead the country was clearly being delusional.
It has not even been a week since the real-estate mogul took office and he has already signed a number of controversial executive orders.
His first order was directed toward dismantling the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), the former president’s signature health care law that covers an estimated 20 million Americans.
There’s no word, yet, on how the new administration will replace Obamacare and with what exactly.
Later, Trump — surrounded by a bunch of other white men — dictated what women should do with their bodies. He signed an executive order cutting funding to non-governmental health groups that perform abortions or provide relevant information.
(And then he wonders why women hold marches against him?)
After promising to be the “greatest jobs producer” the world has ever seen, Trump ordered an employment freeze across the federal government, halting hiring for all new and existing vacancies, excluding public safety, national security sectors and the military. This move, analysts say, hurts job-seeking veterans the most.
Veterans account for almost 44 percent of all full-time hires the federal government, according to a 2015 report by the Office of Personnel Management.
The president, ever notorious for trying to silence free press, restricted several government agencies — including the Environmental Protection Agency, Agriculture Department and the National Park Service among others — from posting social media updates.
“Trump administration officials instructed employees at multiple agencies in recent days to cease communicating with the public through news releases, official social media accounts and correspondence, raising concerns that federal employees will be able to convey only information that supports the new president’s agenda,” The Washington Post reported.
Obama ended torture — to an extent — but Trump wants to bring it back in full force. A rough executive draft shows he plans to lift the ban on CIA’s so-called “black site” prisons outside the U.S.
It’s probably a good time to revisit the catastrophe known as the Abu Ghraib prison abuse. The last time U.S. authorized black site torture, during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American military police personnel committed unspeakable mass human rights violations against the detainees that included physical and sexual abuse, torture, rape and even murder.
In an interview with ABC, Trump reiterated his support for bringing back waterboarding.
“A nation without borders is not a nation,” Trump said at the Department of Homeland. “Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders.”
He also moved to strip federal grant money to “sanctuary cities” that shield undocumented immigrants, as part of his sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants.
And the worst, it appears, is yet to come.
He hasn’t been president for week yet and already Trump has started robbing Americans of their health care, jobs and free speech.
How is this “America first,” Mr. Trump?