Just two weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump has signed a number of executive orders that resulted in widespread chaos and confusion. Interestingly, all of this is part and parcel of his attempts to “make America great again.”
Just a day after assuming office, Trump fulfilled his election campaign promise and issued an executive order to start rolling back Obamacare. The order directs the secretary of health and human services to interpret regulations to minimize the financial burden on individuals, insurers, health care providers and others.
A few days later, he reinstated the “global gag rule,” which is also referred to as the Mexico City policy. The policy blocks U.S. federal funding for NGOs that provide abortion counseling or expand abortion services. It makes abortions less safe, meaning thousands of women will lose access to safe abortion and birth control and are at risk of dying in the process.
Moving on, Trump also gave the go ahead for the construction of U.S.-Mexico border wall. He said that the construction of the wall is very important and it will be beneficial for both Mexico and the United States as the unprecedented surge of illegal migrants from Central America is harming both the countries. Following the order, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled his official trip to the U.S.
On Jan. 24, the president gave a green signal to the construction of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access Oil pipelines. Protesters have opposed the construction of the pipelines and fiercely defended their roots, their sacred land and water. Soon after the order was rolled out, hundreds of protestors took to the streets against the decision.
A few days later another executive order was rolled out ordering “extreme vetting” of visitors and U.S. residents from seven Muslim-majority countries. The order put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the country as well. The Muslim ban was opposed by thousands worldwide and sparked protests around the United States.
Following the immigration ban, acting attorney general Sally Yates was fired by the president after she opposed the ban and questioned the legality of it. Hours after firing Yates, Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Recently, the president came out with another controversial decision by handing a former banker and head of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon, a regular seat on the National Security Council. The former banker has been accused of supporting a movement of white nationalists.
In a first raid authorized by the Trump administration, a U.S. Navy SEAL, William "Ryan" Owens, was killed in the raid that was targeted towards al-Qaida militants in Yemen.
The Trump administration has made some serious changes that have resulted in chaos worldwide. We wonder what other decisions are on the way in order to make Trump’s America “great again.”
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