As of last November, the American populous voted Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States. As 2017 begins, the policy promises and cabinet appointments of the president will write the story of the nation’s next four years.
On Wednesday, Jan. 25, President Trump signed the Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements executive order.
“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.
The order deals mainly with the United States’ southern border touching Mexico with a major caveat.
Funds are already being set aside for the wall according to Texas Rep. 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 [the wall]done, it’s going to happen.”
Two days later, on Friday, Jan. 27, Trump signed the executive order Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States. The act prohibits nationals of seven countries from entering into the U.S. for 90 days according to the Department of Homeland Security. Individuals with passports from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen will not be allowed access into the country.
Among his 22 cabinet picks, 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 figures in Russia.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was selected by Trump to head the EPA. Environmentalists are alarmed at the selection due to Pruitt’s close ties to the fossil fuel industry and stance on climate change.
“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.
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. The new prime minister of the U.K., Theresa May, offered her congratulations to the New York businessman as well.
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.”
Tuesday evening, Jan. 31, Trump announced his nomination for the Supreme Court to be 10th circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Court of Appeals.
“I am a man of my word, I will do as I say,” said Trump during his announcement, “[Gorsuch has] outstanding legal skills and a brilliant mind.”
During Trump’s campaign, proposed tax policy changes were posted on his website. The site explained taxes would be cut for working and middle-income Americans. Trump also plans to ensure the rich will pay their fair share. His website calls for a 3% tax cut for families earning $60,000 on average.
As the nation continues into the next four years under Trump’s leadership, some people are hesitant, while others seem hopeful and expectant to continue to make America great again.