Donald Trump Changes America (2017 - 2021), Running it Like a Business
Donald Trump is the most unusual president in American history and among the most provocative and controversial. We can't keep our eyes off him. His presence dominates the public discourse. His tweets become breaking news filling the 24/7 news cycle. He bluffs, blusters and baffles his opponents.— Alan Dershowitz, 2017
President Trump Timeline and Comments
We hear about political slippery slopes, but the longer slope between presidents became noticeably slicker during the 1960 campaign.
Much of America feared John F. Kennedy because he was Irish Catholic and Democrat. Many hated him as much as they did blacks, women, LGBTQ, Russians, Jews, Native Americans, Asians, the whole Eastern Hemisphere, and everything south of Texas. Hate was overwhelming, manifested in violence like lynchings, child shootings in churches, race riots, and the presidential assassination.
The same type of hatred met President Barrack Obama and his family. However, Obama began his first term with a comment on the White House front page that denigrated his predecessor. It was unnecessary.
During the early Trump years, we suffered increasing numbers of school shootings, border violence, vulgarity in government social media, and protests before, during and after Inauguration 2017. Much of the GOP and Democrats seemed to hate each other, each casting the other as evil. Allegations of many crimes hit the administration and the Trump Foundation.
Donald Trump moved to eradicate every act, law, and executive order that Obama enacted and created a furor like a nuclear mushroom cloud. America First was his goal and he was changing the country; but would it be to the good?
The first year and a half were jaw-dropping.
Campaign 2016, Election and Interim to January 20, 2018
In the run-up to the Republican National Convention in 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich and Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan refused to endorse or accept a nomination for Donald Trump. Governor Kasich went elsewhere and avoided the convention, but Speaker Ryan relented.
January 20, 2018: Protestors gathered around the streets near the site of the Presidential Inauguration. Some protestors became less than civil and were arrested.
First Year: 2017 Overview
The first year of Donald Trump's administration was largely spent issuing Executive Orders to undo all the legislation achieved during the Obama Administration, Banning immigrants and visitors from majority-Muslim nations, and tweeting insults.
The president planned to re-institute tariffs to bolster American steel, aluminum, automobile, and agricultural revenues. He also demanded a full-length border wall along the US-Mexico border to solve immigration problems.
Trump's America First and Made in America/Make America Great Again movements meant pulling out of several international partnerships:
The North American Free Trade Agreement is the worst trade deal the U.S. has ever signed...T Trans-Pacific Partnership is the death blow for American manufacturing.— Donald Trump, September 27, 2016
Since Jan. 2017, it has announced its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, left the U.N. educational and cultural organization and pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.— Mathew Lee and Josh Lederman; Associated Press, 6/19/2018
Second Year: 2018 Highlights
Political and legal upheaval snowballed around the president as cabinet and other White House staff were quickly fired in rotation of constant staff replacements, the #MeToo movement gathered allegations of sexual misconduct against the president, legislators in both houses and congress, and others. Allegations of financial malfeasance and treason were amassed against the presidential family and other federal staff members. Insulting tweets increased in number and intensity.
April 9. Trump's attorney Michael Cohen was placed under federal criminal investigation by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, with allegations of bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance law infractions.
May 14. The American Embassy to Israel opened in Jerusalem, having moved from Tel Aviv.
June 1. The Trump administration imposed a 25% tariff on imports of steel, and a 10% tariff on aluminum, on the European Union, Canada, and Mexico.
June 8 - 9. President Donald Trump stunned world leaders at the G7 meeting when he said he would ship 25 million Mexicans to Japan to ensure that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would lose his next election. The President called Canada's Justin Trudeau dishonest and weak on Twitter, because Trudeau planned to fight new US tariffs against Canadian goods.
June 12. The Trump-Kim Summit Meeting. Trump eliminated annual US-South Korean military exercises without notifying anyone in his administration, including the US military. All learned about it in his TV broadcast. North Korea's Kim agreed to denuclearize, but the timeline was unclear
June 14. The World FIFA Cup Tournament began in Russia amid rumors of fixed games and collusion.
June 15. Trump planned new large tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods and on more Canadian products.
June 15. Legislation was introduced in the Michigan government to change the voting age to 16, suggested by State Senator David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights. Teenagers across the nation had decried the increasing number of American school shootings and the recent incarceration of Mexican children of all ages. They wanted to vote to change these problems.
June 18. The president announced that America would form a US Space Force, equal but separate from the USAF. As members of the Active Air Force's Civil Air Patrol, many of my colleagues and I across the USA were nonplussed. In addition, the president seemed not to know that a space force coalition between America and Japan for purposes of cleaning up space junk and likely patrolling space is already in existence.
I am instructing my administration to embrace the budding commercial space industry. We are modernizing out-of-date space regulations. They’re way out of date. They haven’t been changed in many, many years. And today we’re taking one more step to unleash the power of American ingenuity.— President Trump, June 18, 2018; on creating outer space businesses
June 18. In the American South, the Richmond, Virginia School District named a school after former President Barack Obama. In fact, the J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, named after a Confederate general, was renamed Barack Obama Elementary School. A recent movement to remove Confederate monuments and namesakes became stronger beginning in 2016.
June 19. The president's representative Nikki Haley announced that the USA would leave the United Nations Human Rights Council. The announcement came after many days of complains by citizens, news reporters, and first Ladies Rosalyn Carter, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama about new American human rights violations (against children) that match the worst of Trump partner North Korea's and new opponent China's; and the president's demand that the U.N. expunge alleged human rights abuses made against Israel toward Palestinians:
- The 2018 separation and incarceration of Mexican breastfeeding babies, toddlers, children, and teens from parents at the Texas border caused much criticism of Donald Trump, whose policy such separation was. It was not a law, only his policy.
- Representative Will Hurd (Republican from Texas), whose constituency is located on the border, blasted the separation of Mexican children and parents, as did 75 former State Attorneys General, per CNN.
At least during my (WWII) internment, when I was just 5 years old, I was not taken from my parents.— George Takei
Haley threatened the [U.N.] pull-out last year, citing longstanding U.S. complaints that the 47-member council is biased against Israel. But the announcement will also come just a day after the U.N. human rights chief denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents.— Mathew Lee and Josh Lederman; Associated Press, 6/19/2018
Changing the World
In his first 1.5 years in office, President Donald Trump already changed America and thereby, the world. He had been a successful salesman prior to his residency in the White House, and upon election, became a different type of successful salesman -- one who took control of the country and made his own decisions for it, announcing most of them in Tweets.
Whether much of his work would ultimately help the nation and the world or not would only be seen in the future.
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- Lee, M. and Lederman, J. US poised to announce exit from UN human rights council. Associated Press; 6/19/2018. www.yahoo.com/news/us-poised-announce-exit-un-human-rights-council-155923454--politics.html Retrieved 6/19/2018.
- Navarro, P. The Era of American Complacency on Trade Is Over. www.whitehouse.gov/articles/era-american-complacency-trade/ Retrieved June 19, 2018.
- Novak, M. America's 'Detention Centers' Added to Wikipedia List of Concentration Camps. gizmodo.com/americas-detention-centers-added-to-wikipedia-list-of-c-1826944008 Retrieved 6/19/2018.
- Dershowitz, A. Trumped Up: How Criminalization of Political Differences Endangers Democracy. August 2017.
© 2018 Patty Inglish