On Friday, January 20th, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States and a week later he has already made several executive orders and serious changes to Barack Obama’s administration. Several changes will have serious effects on Americans into the future.
Below are THE WANNA'S top five changes Trump executed his first week in office. HOW WILL THEY EFFECT YOU?
1. Trump Signs Executive Order to Defund International Planned Parenthood
The Monday after his Inauguration, Trump signed an executive order cutting federal funds from organizations that support abortion around the world. The policy is known as the Mexico City Policy, or Global Gag Rule, and it will stop funds going to overseas organizations that perform abortions. Trump signed the order keeping in tradition with every Republican President after Ronald Reagan who signed it.
This caused outrage among many, who say that now even more women and babies will die as a result of seeking unsafe abortions overseas. Many people have reacted on Twitter to a photo of the signing that shows several “men making decisions about women’s bodies.” Check out some of the tweets here.
2. Trump’s Mexican Border Wall
Throughout his campaign and after his Election, Trump has promised to build a wall along the length of the Southern U.S. border with Mexico. Trump announced his plans to make Mexico pay for the building of the wall, but Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto refuses to acquiesce. Tensions between the two leaders have grown as Nieto cancelled his planned meeting with Trump following Trump’s tweets directed at Nieto.
The U.S. has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico. It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
of jobs and companies lost. If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
Now Trump has suggested a 20% import tax from Mexico and other trade countries, which means that Americans would actually pay for the wall’s construction. The wall has been the source of much dispute and frustration among Americans. Check out these tweets about how Americans have reacted to the wall plan so far.
3. Trump Suspends Mortgage Premium Rate Cut
The Trump administration halted a cut to the FHA insurance premium rate that Obama had announced in his final days as President. The “mortgage-fee reduction” was meant to go into effect on January 27th, until Trump’s halt.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked Trump to reverse his suspension in his opening statement on the Senate floor: "What a terrible thing to do to American homeowners. President Trump, with the flick of a pen, ended that new policy, making it harder for Americans of modest means to obtain their piece of the rock, the American dream – home ownership."
According to CNN Money, Trump’s suspension of the FHA cut could majorly affect the American housing market, and make it more difficult for those with “lower credit scores, or those who don't have the traditional 20% down payment in savings” in the future.
4. Trump Signs Two Executive Orders on Immigration
Trump signed two executive orders on Friday that will expand the military and enact “extreme vetting” of immigrants from "terror-plagued countries." Limiting immigration was another huge campaign promise of Trump’s, and his actions aim to restrict all refugee and immigrant entry to the country. The new order aims to, "keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America." Trump also implemented a visa ban on people from Syria, and other Middle Eastern and African countries.
Trump’s stance on immigration has many Americans and people from other countries angry and scared. Protests have erupted everywhere and human rights activists are in action. Many people who want to come to the U.S. to live the “American Dream” are devastated and losing all hope. One Washington-based non-profit organization, the National Iranian American Council, said, “Donald Trump is making good on the most shameful and discriminatory promises he made on the campaign trail. He called for a Muslim ban and is now taking the first steps to implement one. This will not stand. The American people are better than this.”
5. Trump Attacks Celebrities
As The WANNA has discussed in previous posts such as "Celebs Speak Out," many Hollywood celebrities have protested against Trump’s Presidency. Below are some of the celebs Trump has attacked during his time as President Elect.
During his first week in office Trump called Madonna “disgusting,” following her controversial Women’s March speech, and said her words were “disgraceful to our country.”
Trump has called out Alec Baldwin for his SNL portrayal on Twitter:
Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016
Trump attacked the entire cast of Hamilton after they addressed Mike Pence directly at a performance. He tweeted that they were “rude” and should “Apologize!”
The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2016
The Theater must always be a safe and special place.The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing.This should not happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
More recently, Trump called out Arnold Schwarzenneger on Twitter for his low Celebrity Apprentice ratings and for supporting Hillary Clinton:
Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got "swamped" (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
Ya Know You Wanna!