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Donald John Trump is the current president of the United States. He took as the 45th president of the United States on January 20, 2017. Trump could not get the popular vote. However, he became the president of the US. After taking the Presidential office, Mr Trump focused on the mandates that he had presented during the election campaigns. After accepting the presidential nomination in 2016, Trump outlined some of the major problems of the United States. From his speeches, it was clear that he is going to focus on immigration policies, trade, violence and terrorism in the country (Patterson, N.p). In most of his speeches, he emphasized on the illegal immigration to the US through the Mexican border.
Likewise, in the campaigns, he promised to revise the trade contracts, decrease taxes and other regulations. However, most of the blue-collar workers and middle-class families were against his stance on different issues. Being an unpopular president of the Country, Trump sticks to his policies and mandates that he promised during his election campaigns but it lacks stability. He could not succeed with his policies that he presented as a president of the US. His controversial stance on different issues receives much criticism. However, the President managed to pass his two years of presidential period. Thus, this paper aims to president those two years of President Trump in office by focusing on what he has accomplished so far.
During the two years of his in office, Trump has fulfilled some of his promises he made during the election campaigns. According to his promise, he raised the military funds. However, most of the promises are still unaccomplished. During his first 100 days, the president focused on nominating judges of Supreme Court and Travel was banned from some of the Muslim countries and also took steps towards building a wall on the Mexican border (Patterson, N.p). However, other steps of the president were disassembling of the Affordable Care Act and withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement (Tollefson, p. 198). It was one of the controversial acts for the United States. Many International organizations criticized the United States for disagreeing with global environmental protection programs. At the same time, he also moved out from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Moreover, he revised the Mexico City Policy that prohibits the federal funding of private organizations which sponsor or perform abortions globally.
While increasing the funds for one agency, the president took an initiative to cut down the funding for other agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency was the first to get reduced funds from the new Federal government. Likewise, many other state departments that were working for social development got cut down of federal funds. It is clear from his speeches that the economy of the country is the main focus of the President. During his two years, he focused on reducing the unemployment rate of the country. However, more than 5 million jobs were created for skilled and unskilled workers in the United States under Trump's administration (Patterson, N.p). It is noticeable progress for the United States. However, in my opinion, Trump is not an exception, he does not deserve all the credit for this change. It is a trend that when things are going well, the government comes forward to take all the credits. Likewise, Trump took the credits for the recovery of the unemployment rate that was already started under the previous government. The boom in stock markets over the last two years is related to president Trump but they are trembling nowadays (Hills, N.p). No matter what, still Trump could not beat the previous record of Bill Clinton who brought a drastic change in terms of job creation during his two terms of Presidential Office. It is a good start for Trump if he continues.
Secondly, the current president is being nice to corporates by cutting down taxes and regulations. The trade war is another main focus for Trump. His America first mandate reflects through these policies. The renegotiation of NAFTA is one of the examples. He has effectively revised the trade agreements and upset the trading partners. Such initiatives triggered the exports of the United States in foreign markets. Some of his unfavorable steps like the imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that can be a threat to domestic factories.
Furthermore, the appointment of juries in Supreme Court and other federal courts in the last two years show that Trump is safeguarding the white supremacy. There are predominantly white male judges for the last two years. At the same time, blocking the nominees of Obama's office is also a provocative stance. Secondly, Environment seems the least concern for the current US President. While the whole world is busy in bringing some measurable policies to protect the climate, president Trump is busy in withdrawing from Climate Change forums and cutting down funds for Environment Protection Programs. President trump seems confused in choosing policies for the country. It seems like he is developing the economy of the country by putting the health of the public in danger.
Likewise, his Cabinet is working on selective problems that seem important to them, not to the general public. In the long run, the controversial speeches and tweets of Trump have also influenced the foreign relations of the country. The contradictions and U-turns played by Trump and his administration is now affecting his own policies. The Blunt positions towards Iran can increase the risks of war between the two countries. Moreover, bringing back the US troops from Afghanistan and Syria can give a shock to anyone including his advisors (Dombrowski and Reich, pp. 1013-1037). However, improved US relation with North Korea can be a positive element for the country. Some of these themes of Trump’s foreign policy make it unique from the previous foreign policies.
Furthermore, the immigration policies and travel ban by Trump seem inhumane to me. Many of the family members from developing countries are restricted to meet their loved ones in the United States. People who voted in favor President Trump are waiting to see the improvements that he had promised. Two years of his in the office are already passed, he is unable to build a wall along the Southern border as he promised. I think Trump is not as great as all the presidents of the US were. He has no leadership skills and ethics is unknown to him. To whom running the country is like running a business. In reality, it is not like that. A President has to make choices that are in utmost favor of the country. Policies are prioritized by recognizing the needs of the public. As far as I think, environment protection should be a main focus for the country, then comes the economy of the country. It humiliating for the American nation that even the least developed countries of the world are showing concern towards climate change.
In conclusion, the two controversial years of Trump have succeeded to achieve a few of its target but most of the promises are still not fulfilled. He can improve the economy of the country in upcoming years but he would not show any improvement in policies like building a border wall, strengthening foreign policy and protecting the environment. From his first, it does not show any possibilities in winning the term for the second time. He lacks the potentials to make America great.
Dombrowski, Peter, and Simon Reich. "Does Donald Trump have a grand strategy?" International Affairs 93.5 (2017): 1013-1037.
Hills, Mike. "What Has Trump Achieved At Half-Way Mark?" BBC News. N. p., 2019. Web. 30 Apr. 2019.
Patterson, Thomas E. "News Coverage of Donald Trump's First 100 Days." (2017).
Tollefson, Jeff. "Trump pulls the United States out of Paris climate agreement." Nature News 546.7657 (2017): 198.
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