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President Donald Trump Hits the Ground Running

Updated on January 30, 2017
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As promised by those in his inner circle, President Donald Trump has rolled up his sleeves and dove right in upon being sworn in. Passing a series of executive orders, talking with world leaders, tackling overspending, holding meetings, and challenging business as usual with Washington's status quo, the newly elected President is wasting no time.

In the process of doing so, President Trump has obviously ruffled some feathers with the establishment media and those still mourning Obama's departure. Ironically, Democrats have now become the very thing that they criticized and complained about for the greater part of eight long years (rightfully expected, but a bit hypocritical now...).While I already anticipated such a reaction from the opposition, it is those RINO Republicans that prefer the old guard and lining their pockets, as opposed to working for their constituents, that personally concern me more.

But Trump has made it clear from the very beginnings of his campaign that he works for the people, not the Washington elitists. So here's a list of what newly sworn-in President Donald Trump has taken on with less than a week under his belt as the Commander-in-Chief, most of which are the initial stages of fulfilling campaign promises:

  • Initiated the process of rolling back the "Affordable" Care Act (the name is such a joke...) and replacing it with one of the multiple Republican proposals. Either way, with the damage done to our health insurance industry by Democrats and Obama (remember not one Republican voted for it - they own it entirely...), this is going to be a long rocky road.
  • Withdrawing from TPP, effectively killing the globalist agreement and shaving off a minuscule piece of Obama's legacy. President Trump is in favor of trade, but using his expertise to negotiate deals that actually benefit the United States as a whole, not just those in the global community. NAFTA is also in his sights and will be up for renegotiation.
  • Putting a freeze on federal hiring, leaving vacancies empty and preventing the creation of new ones, in response to the government bloating that occurred under Obama. The military and other essential positions are excluded from this executive order.
  • Reinstated the "Mexico City Policy," as is the tradition of every incoming Republican President (just as it the Democrats to repeal it...), which prevents taxpayer dollars from being utilized to promote, refer, or carry out abortions in foreign nations by non-governmental organizations.
  • Opened an investigation into reports of voting fraud during the 2016 Presidential Election (dead voters, illegal immigrants, voting more than once, cities having greater turnout than possible, etc). Although the results will tell the tale, I suspect a tightening of voting procedures will follow, especially with the report that is breaking today indicating Hillary Clinton received upwards of 800,000 illegal votes (check it out!)
  • Reaffirming his commitment to building the wall and that Mexico will be paying for it was just the start, as President Trump also signed an executive order putting sanctuary cities on notice. Any city refusing to cooperate with immigration officials or deportations of illegal immigrants will see a cut in federal funding (there is an exclusion for policing services and other essentials).

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  • Tweeted in response to defiant Mayor Rahm Emanuel, warning to concern himself less with sanctuary city status and instead focus on reining in the war-torn Windy City’s out of control violence, which will otherwise see federal intervention.
  • Stated his intent through an executive order to, "streamline and expedite" the process of approving infrastructure projects. Although this one makes me a bit nervous, as I would prefer energy independence first, our exposed electrical grid is due for a much needed security upgrade.
  • Froze any pending or newly introduced regulations to begin the process of alleviating the burden on industry and small business.
  • Speaking of freezing, President Trump also put a halt on the extremely shady $221 million transfer of US tax dollars to the Palestinians (Kerry let Congress know of the transfer just hours to Donald's swearing in... the corruption and dishonesty is nearly palpable).

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  • Confirmed that he will be making his pick for Supreme Court on Thursday February 2 via Twitter, from the list that he provided during the campaign. The President also insisted during Sean Hannity's hour long sit down (watch above) that he would advise Senate Majority Leader Mich McConnell to utilize the so called "nuclear option" to defeat any filibustering Democrats.
  • Tossing Obama's imposed roadblocks on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines, which is a clear reflection of President Trump's proposed vision of US energy independence. With the lengthy permit process now expedited, there's new life in these bureaucratically stagnant projects.
  • Putting an immediate freeze on grant programs to the EPA, with promises to downsize the overabundant staff.
  • In reaction to promised tax reform and President Trump's attitude towards promoting business and industry, free of government regulation, we should note that the DOW has now cleared a historic 20k.

While it has certainly been a busy week for the freshly settling Trump Administration, I expect that this will be business as usual during this President's term. As they say, time will tell, but I find myself hopefully optimistic with the direction of this country for the first time in eight long years. One thing is for sure, the Donald is just getting started...

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      My Two Pennies 9 months ago from United States

      "Further more these orders can only last so long with-out approval of the Congress and Senate." - pretty sure that's the plan, as Republicans have the majority. Obama could not do this for that very reason and why all his are being erased.

      "I am arguing this on a legal stand point. If it violates existing laws its bad." - You fail to provide a valid defense here as well. What exactly violates existing law, besides the Democrats? Trump is just having ICE enforce laws already on the books. The Democrat mayors are the ones in direct violation of the law by refusing to let ICE enforce them. Get your facts straight. The wall is also within the President's legal perimeters as well and will go through Congress for financial appropriation. I would like you to cite any law or regulation that says otherwise because you seem over your head in this argument.

      "I am arguing this on a legal stand point. If it violates existing laws its bad." - This entire argument is political and your commenting on a political commentary piece, so not really sure what you expect. This would be like me going on a football article that talks about wind resistance in the game and me stating I'm not there to talk about football, just wind resistance. Again, there is no existing law being violated by the President and to insist so makes no sense. Perhaps do some research and better understand the issue and how our system works...

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      Sanxuary 9 months ago

      There is nothing rediculous about what I said. Now we are just arguing about what the law saids. He can write whatever executive order he likes. But it can be fought by anyone who can afford a lawyer if it is found to be illegal. Further more these orders can only last so long with-out approval of the Congress and Senate. They in turn can challenge it even if it is legal. When it comes to funding it takes approval. There are those who argue these points based on agendas. I am arguing this on a legal stand point. If it violates existing laws its bad. If you still want to do it, you have to change the law. You want to build the wall then demand legislation. Make a plan, determine the cost and get approval. The Cities are not violating the law if they refuse to be Ice agents. Entire states could refuse to if they want based on the law and this one just happens to be the Constitution. In other words you have to change the law. Being legal means you are not breaking the law. I am not trying to defend anyone and this is not a political argument. I am actually pointing out that there is a legitimate argument. Do you follow the law or tell them Its not my job to violate the law? Executive orders are temporary real plans have to be approved by our elected Represenatives. So far nothing has been done that costitutes any real plan.

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      My Two Pennies 9 months ago from United States

      "Claiming you our going to defund cities that refuse to be ICE agents is no different then Bridge Gate in my book" - This makes absolutely no sense, from both a legal and common sense approach. The mayors of these cities are violating federal law, which Trump is within his constitutional rights to deny funding for, as no city is entitled to or guaranteed to receive funding from the federal government. The mandate does not include necessary and essential jobs anyways.

      " please defund half of America because the Federal Government does not want to do its job." - This statement is dangerously disconnected and ridiculously exaggerated... The federal government is doing its job and enforcing the laws that are on the books. Half is incredibly overly dramatic and false, as nowhere near half of American workers are employed by city or even state governments. It is the defiant mayor illegally ignoring federally imposed immigration laws already on the books that are responsible.

      "In fact the the affordable care act was started in the 1930's. " - Just NO. Even for grasping at straws, you're trying to rewrite history by bending it to meet the liberal narrative. Obamacare is the result of a failed President, who repeatedly pushed a false narrative and lied directly to the American ppl about the government's disastrous takeover of our health insurance industry.

      "Before Trump can build a wall he has to find a way to pay for it." - The wall is going to be built and the tantrums of the left will not prevent it. The funds going across the boarder into Mexico can be taxed, we can re-appropriate taxpayer funding going to the cartel-ran Mexican government, etc. Try getting beyond the talking points on this one because there is certainly more than one way to pay for it and Congress is falling behind Trump, as are the American people on this issue. Only ideologues following the corrupt elitist media outlets are opposed to securing and protecting our boarders.

      BTW, did you openly oppose Obama's many executive orders that in no way reflected the majority of the country, or is this because of political alignment?

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      Sanxuary 9 months ago

      Claiming you our going to defund cities that refuse to be ICE agents is no different then Bridge Gate in my book. in fact it doesnt even pass the Constitutional test. I would love to see him try it. please defund half of America because the Federal Government does not want to do its job. Do it because the seperation of powers in this country said its not their job. Its not if I agree with the law or not its because its the law. In fact the the affordable care act was started in the 1930's. There is a lot of laws to go through and if you do not like them, then you have to change them first. To fix any problem you have to fix the problem first. Before Trump can build a wall he has to find a way to pay for it. He can not simply demand it and expect some other country will pay for it. Really its pathetic. Wouldnt it be funner if we discussed the problem and came up with some real soulutions?

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      My Two Pennies 9 months ago from United States

      Saxuary, I have already laid out why I believe Mexico and a good number of Americans believe Mexico should pay for the wall (not to repeat myself yet again, but...). They will one way or another, whether it's willingly or reimbursement in all the untaxed money that is taken out of this country by workers through transfers or the US tax dollars that are given to the Mexican government via aid. The entire notion seems pretty logical to me.

      Look back in history, all Presidents utilize executive orders to get the ball rolling on legislation. It's the initial step and is nothing new. It is drawing the outline for the laws to come. You're treating it like Trump is the the first to do this (Obama did many, but often without the will of the people and could not get the corresponding legislation), which is not the case. Personally I think he's just more ambitious that your typical politician and wants to roll up his sleeves ASAP.

      Comparing it to the scandal with Christie is quite the monstrous stretch if I do say so myself and boarders disconnected thinking in the what I can only describe as partisan or a desire to see Trump fail (perhaps not, just how it comes off by such a straw grasp).

      "and your watching the legal system and political system finally doing their job..." - Isn't that what Trump ran on and why millions voted for him? Isn't that what we want? I'm a little perplexed b/c it seems that your yearnings are unfulfillable...

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      http://notes.maraihan.com/ 9 months ago

      The current poetical environment will make a new history holding Trumps hands . curiously waiting to see what happens .

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      Sanxuary 9 months ago

      The use of an executive order is when you can not pass something with Congress that are both Republican controlled and all these immigrants did not arrive just in the last 8 years. In fact its been out of control since the 1980's. Charging Mexico for a wall not in their country is pretty weird. Should Isreal charge the Palestinians? Maybe Russia could charge us for all the walls they use to have. No Mayor is in defiance of anything if they are obeying the laws of the Federal Government. They are not ICE agents and this whole thing reminds me of bridge gate and Steve Christie. I can agree with a lot of things but this is not how things get done or any problems solved. Its all hyperbole and your watching the legal system and political system finally doing their job and wasting their time solving new problems.

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      My Two Pennies 9 months ago from United States

      "The executive orders will offer no permanance to any plan. " - You're right. They're a starting point for Congress to write law from. Think of them as band aids to suppress the bleeding from the Obama years.

      "Charging Mexico for a border wall is beyond weird. " - The drug cartels, which are directly connected to the corrupt Mexican government beg to differ. It won't be very hard taxing the money flowing back across from the workers here, or let alone Mexico aid money.

      "Refusing to provide Federal funds to such cities would be the equivalent of saying they are no longer part of America." - I disagree entirely. It's not on Trump if they refuse to enforce the law, but rather the lawless mayors refusing to cooperate because they don't agree with what's on the books.

      I guess for your last part, we'll have to see if the spineless RINOs actually pull through now that they control all three branches.

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      Sanxuary 9 months ago

      Today is a day that sets the example of what Trump is doing very wrong. He writes an executive order and it falls off his desk before it gets vetted. It causes a huge disruption and makes no sense. Then it gets percieved in every direction. It angers anyone who knows the legal and ethical implications of poorly drafted and planned executions of whatever he thinks he is doing. Even if he is off to the races the government moves slower then 24 hours. We need to limit immigration for a while because to much immigration causes the fabric of any country to move where it is today. We need to work with those in this country to resolve the problems of labor. The number of foreighn workers if they left tomarrow would shut this country down. Its going to take more then a day and a real plan to move in the future. The executive orders will offer no permanance to any plan. it requires the branches of Government to actually pass something. Charging Mexico for a border wall is beyond weird. Building a wall and controlling our borders is more about crime then immigration. The majority came to this country but never left invited by Corporations wanting cheap labor. Punishing cities for refusing to enforce immigration because the 14th amendment of our constitution states the federal government is responsible for all matters of immigration does not constitute a protest of Federal policy. Refusing to provide Federal funds to such cities would be the equivalent of saying they are no longer part of America. This has become a propaganda war and if we do not return to legal means of solving our problems we will have anarchy. Even if you agree with certain issues there must be a proper procedure followed in executing any plans. The Senate and Congress need to realize that if they do not impose their authority they will soon no longer have any. When you gut the Federal goverenment then it will soon fall on the states and we are headed to a truly divided country. To much gasoline will start a big fire and the legal implications on Trump are going to become over-whelming.

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      Larry Douglas Clifton 9 months ago from Tampa Bay area

      @Karen. I voted for Trump and he is doing a wonderful job for America. Very happy to have voted for him.

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      Yves 10 months ago

      Will be a fantastic piece. Margaret Sanger is praised by the left, though she was a racist, through and through.

      As for Jared, I am concerned but perhaps needlessly. I will do more research when I can...actually don't have a home computer for the time being..

      Anyway, definitely look forward to the piece you just mentioned. Thanks.

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      My Two Pennies 10 months ago from United States

      I'll do a little bit of digging into that, to see what I can find, as I'll admit to not knowing a ton about Kushner off the top.

      I've been gathering pieces of info to actually do a piece on Israel and Palestine, but haven't decided what I specifically want to focus on yet, but have several ideas.

      Seeing all the uniformed protestors and the overall spreading of misinformation, I think there's going to be one dropping soon on the foundation of Planned Parenthood and what these people are actually supporting...

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      Yves 10 months ago

      I am sure you know that I am not as informed as you are....

      Nevertheless, if the opportunity arises in print, and please forgive me for being off topic, I wonder about Jared Kushner and his influence on Trump and whether that is a good thing.

      If you decide to write an article about Israel and Palestine, I would be most interested. In any event, I will be watching...

      Lol. Who am I to chastise someone else for getting off topic. Anyway, I appreciate your insight.

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      My Two Pennies 10 months ago from United States

      More to come Savvy, so stay tuned! Thanks for your usual feedback and some sanity in the comments, but as to be expected by those that are actually informed.

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      My Two Pennies 10 months ago from United States

      "Technically, the media is doing its job - holding the president's feet to the fire." - The blatant hypocrisy of such a statement, is stunning. Is it short-term memory or rather a disregard for the past because it doesn't fit the liberal narrative? I challenge you to even begin to make the argument that the media held Obama accountable.

      This is further extended by your next point. Are you going to make that case that Democrats in Congress should just surrender their party's principles (whatever they are anymore...) and allow Trump to pass his entire agenda unchallenged? No you won't. Although you're implying that Republicans should have done just that. Those unavoidable, necessary left-wing double standards show themselves yet again.

      Your points are so incredibly misguided and soaked with the narrow-mindedness of blind faith in liberalism.

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      Yves 10 months ago

      Kathleen, maybe you mistook this article for another. I didn't see anything here about Roe vs. Wade. What Trump has said is that he will appoint a pro-life Justice for the Supreme Court (same as all Republicans) and IF Roe vs. Wade is overturned, then the decision will go back to the states. So what is your point? Trump has also stated that he is fine with the legalizing of same-sex marriage, stating it is "settled."

      My point is that Trump is not as far right on social issues as you may think. He wants the economy to grow. He wants the United States to be prosperous. He wants our military to be strong again. If you have a problem with that, then so be it, but people who want good jobs so that they can provide for their families will be very happy, even if you are not.

      BTW, Planned Parenthood's days are probably numbered, but other, much better health facilities will be made available. That's a good thing. I won't go into all the reasons here.

      My Two Pennies, great synopsis here. At the rate Trump is going, you may have a hard time keeping up. Your computer keys will be flying. Look forward to reading more!

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      Kathleen Cochran 10 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      "President Trump has obviously ruffled some feathers with the establishment media and those still mourning Obama's departure."

      Technically, the media is doing its job - holding the president's feet to the fire.

      Civil Servants have had their pay raises and promotions delayed since the advent of sequestration in 2012. Don't know about hiring, but the military is the smallest it has been since pre-WWII.

      Had President Obama been allowed to do his job or if Hillary's popular vote victory had been recognized by the Electoral College the balance of the court would have shifted to the Left. Since Trump is in office the balance of the court will remain as it was previously no matter which conservative he appoints. So, right to lifers? Hope you are satisfied with what you have done. The court will be the same as it was - but now we're stuck with Trump. Worth it to try to change a law the majority of Americans have approved of since it was first passed?