Donald Trump was sworn in on January 20, 2017, as the 45th president of the United States. He immediately set to work on his agenda accomplishing many things in his first few weeks in office. Since his election, he has been busy fulfilling many of his campaign promises. Looking at this list, it is clear why people continue to support their President.
Repeal Parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
President Trump signed an executive order within hours of taking office seeking the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The order calls for all government heads to waive, defer grant exemptions from or delay the implementation of any provisions to the largest extent possible by law. He called on his cabinet to promote the development of a free and open market. He continues efforts to completely eliminate the law threatening lawmakers who stand in his way with the opposition during the upcoming primary season.
Freeze on Federal Hiring
Trump also used an executive order to stop federal agencies from filling current vacancies. The ban does not apply to those jobs that qualify for exemptions in the military and for certain security positions. While the executive order is symbolic in many ways, it indicates that there is a strong desire within the administration to eliminate federal bureaucracy.
President Trump issued a memo withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This decision affects trade with Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Originally signed as a hallmark piece of legislation during President Obama’s administration, many feared that the partnership affecting approximately 40 percent of the global gross domestic product would greatly reduce jobs in the United States.
Ending International Abortion Funding
Originally signed by President Reagan, President Trump signed a presidential memorandum stating that the United States Agency for International Development could not give any funds to international groups providing information on abortions as part of their family planning services. The ban stops money from flowing to these organizations even if they use other funding sources for abortion information. The United States government has been spending more than $607.5 million on reproductive health overseas.
Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines
Within a week of taking office, President Trump signed agreements giving approval to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines. His executive order also states that all pipelines in the United States must be built with materials made in the United States. Furthermore, the order streamlines the regulatory and environmental review processes. The Keystone XL pipeline slated to run through the Midwest could mean up to 28,000 construction jobs.
On his very first Friday in office, President Trump signed an executive order stopping people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days, stopped refugees from Syria from entering permanently and banned all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days. Quickly overturned in the court system, President Trump signed a new executive order stating that immigrants from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen could not enter the country for 90 days. Those with a valid visa from any country can still enter the country. The plan calls for the hiring of 10,000 additional immigration officers, the prioritizing of immigrants for deportation and the building of new detention centers. The new executive order has been challenged in the courts but is scheduled to take effect on March 26, 2017. During January, illegal border crossing has been reduced by over 40 percent.
Mexico-United States Wall
President Trump has signed two executive orders calling for the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico. Declaring that the United States does not need new laws to make this a reality, the President also ordered that federal funding is stripped of all sanctuary cities. Pulling the funding from the 10 largest sanctuary cities would save the federal government over $2.27 billion annually.
President Trump signed an executive order calling for a rebuilding of America’s military strength through new ships, new planes, and many new tools. The order also calls for a strengthening of America’s nuclear defense capabilities. The plan calls for Defense Secretary James Mattis to review and recommend priorities that Trump hopes will be funded by 2019. Stating that the protection of the United States was his top priority, President Trump also reorganized the National Security Council.
Eliminate Business Regulatory Discrepancy
Declaring that there was a big discrepancy between regulations for big and small businesses, President Trump signed an executive order stating that for every new regulation enacted there must be two regulations eliminated. The National Small Business Association says that every business start-up spends about start-up $83,000 on regulatory costs. Trump also ordered all federal agencies to examine laws that might be causing jobs not to be created in the United States. He has promised to cut up to 75 percent of federal regulations. Before Trump ever came into office, he saved more jobs than President Obama did during his entire time in office. Deregulation should allow this number to continue to grow rapidly.
Orders Report on Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
President Trump signed an executive order giving his Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and a committee of Wall Street experts 120 days to determine how the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and the Consumer Protection Act of 2010 should be changed. While not making any changes yet, this move signals that President Trump is ready to make changes that financial experts have wanted for a long time. The current legislation was put in place after the financial meltdown of 2008, and many experts feel that most of the law is not necessary while greatly adding to their financial costs.
New Police Protection
The number of officers hurt in the line of duty grew by 10 percent during the last year. Therefore, while legislators were confirming Jeff Sessions as the new Attorney General, President Trump was busy signing executive orders to protect officers. The orders are designed to give officers new abilities to stop the international drug cartel. Most of the drugs enter the United States through the Mexican border, and they are estimated to be worth over $19 billion annually. Trump’s orders also created a national task force allowing agencies to work together to reduce the number of violent crimes. An estimated 1,197,704 violent crimes were committed in the United States in 2016 which was an increase over 2015.
America First Energy Plan
Almost immediately upon taking office, President Trump announced his America First Energy Plan. The plan calls for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to open much of America’s public lands to energy companies. The plan says that $32 billion in annual worker wages over seven years would be earned if these lands are opened. Under an order expected to be signed early next week, each state will have the right to determine the CO2 emission rate that is lawful within their state. Energy companies will no longer be required to disclose royalties and government payments.
President Trump’s first weeks in office have been very productive. While he has been able to get much work done quickly through executive orders, he has also been able to set the stage for getting even more accomplished over the next year and beyond. The latest job report indicates that over 227,000 jobs have been created since he came to office.