As of last November, the American populous voted Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States. Inauguration day is here, and the policy promises and cabinet appointments of the President-elect will write the story of the nation’s next four years.
The future commander in chief has repeatedly expressed his sentiments about building a wall on the United States’ southern border with Mexico with a major caveat.
“It’s our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us,” said Trump during a campaign speech in Arizona last August.
Trump’s immigration policy is largely debated on democratic and republican platforms alike.
“The Democrats are going to have to find a way around the filibuster, or they’re going to have to find a way to do it through the departments,” said Curtis Ellis, ORU History, Humanities and Government department chair.
Funds are already being set aside for the wall according to Texas representative Louie Gohmert.
“And actually, you know, we had appropriated money during the Bush administration that didn’t get spent for the wall,” said Gohmert in a November interview. “We’re going to be able to get this done, it’s going to happen.”
At the moment this would mean the wall would be a public project funded by taxpayer dollars, Trump remains confident that compensation from Mexico is evident.
“[Mexico] will reimburse us, and they will reimburse us for the cost of the wall. That will happen. Whether it’s a tax or whether it’s a payment,” said President Trump.
Trump’s website explains his administration will cut taxes across the board. Taxes will be cut for working and middle-income Americans, and Trump plans to ensure the rich will pay their fair share. The plan also includes reducing the cost of childcare. Trump is also calling for a 3% tax cut for families earning $60,000 on average.
Trump tabbed ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be the United States’ chief diplomat. Tillerson has conducted business with some of the most prominent world figures, including previous assumed ties with Russia.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was selected by President Trump to head the EPA. Pruitt has been fighting the EPA for six years, combating their climate and clean air initiatives. Environmentalists are alarmed at the selection due to Pruitt’s close ties to the fossil fuel industry and stance on climate change.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of the first people to congratulate Trump on winning the election-calling Trump a “true friend” of Israel. As well, the new prime minister of the U.K., Theresa May, offered her congratulations to the New York business man.
Despite rocky relations during the campaign cycle, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto said of Trump’s victory, “I am confident that Mexico and the United States will continue to tighten its ties of cooperation and mutual respect.”
As the nation continues into the next four years under Trumps leadership, some people are hesitant, while others seem hopeful and expectant to continue to make America great again.