POLITICS IN THE BUFF: TRUMP’S FIRST WEEK AS COMPARED TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FIRST WEEK
Donald J. Trump’s first week in office as the 45th President of the United States began as many progressive observers expected– with a thud. Nearly from the very first moment there was controversy, with Trump going full blown Nixonian and forcing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer out before the assembled press to lie about the size of the crowd at his inauguration. That gaffe was followed by Kellyanne Conway speaking with Meet The Press’ Chuck Todd and explaining that Spicer used “alternative facts.” Welcome to TrumpWorld ladies and gentlemen.
Trump did sign six executive orders this week, one more than President Obama signed in 2009 during his first week in office. By signing those orders , Trump kept several major campaign promises to the bigots that voted for him. Chief among these were the order to build a southern border wall and the banning of refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 120 days. Challenges have already been made to the detaining of Muslim travelers at U.S. airports and many prominent observers have said that even if the border wall is built Trump will fail in his promise to have Mexico pay for it.
In 2009, President Obama was dealing with an economy that was near failing and unemployment racing toward 10%. In his first week in office he dealt with the issue of Guantanamo Bay’s detainees and the ban on gifts to lobbyists among his five executive orders. While President Obama began the heavy lifting of fixing the American economy facing its worst threat since the Great Depression, Trump, in contrast, has tripled down on what he promised during his campaign to the white nationalist elements in his base.
That’s one week down and 207 more to go.
Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!
Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
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