Trumpdates: The ‘Not a Muslim Ban’ Muslim Ban

In case anyone is keeping score, Trump has filed 18 executive orders/memos within his first twelve days in office. That’s 18 shots, in case anyone’s playing a drinking game (although, I don’t recommend it).

Now, let’s compare. In Obama’s first twelve days in office, he issued 19 executive orders so it’s a pretty set standard; what makes it ironic is that Trump has notoriously tweeted about how many executive order’s Obama had made. Now, the majority of these seem to be reverse policies from previous candidates; essentially, undoing what Obama had done. Obama did the same thing for Bush’s administration and Bush for Clinton. It’s a never ending cycle and it’s bound to happen. The ‘Mexico City’ policy, for example, that withholds US funding for global abortions, has been revoked and re-administered every time there was a party change in the White House since the Reagan-era when it was first initiated.

Regardless of who spit-balled more executive orders within their first 12 days, Trump’s decisions have had a much more significant impact causing protests not just from inside the country, but from around the world, as well.Donald Trump officially signed seven executive orders (the remaining of the 18 simply being memos).

The most notorious would be the ‘not a muslim ban’ muslim ban that bars immigrants and refugees for 120 days from the following terror hot-spot countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan.

Now, according to NPR, not one of the countries mentioned above were responsible for any terrorist attack for over two decades (nope, not even 9/11). Notable radicalized Islamic terrorists that have knowingly committed attacks against the U.S hail from: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan.The Orlando Pulse night club shooter, Omar Mateen, is actually a U.S. citizen whose parents were born in Afghanistan, another country not on the ban list.

Essentially, this is a ban of refugees which has the entire world up in chaos. Acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, who was a leftover from the Obama Administration, was terminated after sending a letter to reporters stating that she questioned the legality of the law and would not support Trump’s decision. A White House statement called the act a betrayal claiming she was weak on borders and even moreso on immigration.

Other orders included a hiring freeze for government agencies (therefore, if you were hoping to apply for the F.B.I. this semester, you might have to wait a while) as well as lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a government. The order also issued a 5-year wait between the regular official to lobby position (source: Foxnews).

The border wall was, of course, one of Trump’s first executive orders to enable the construction of the infamous border wall as well as increase funding to border security. Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto claims he rejects the bill and recently canceled his visit to Washington to speak with Trump.

Hopefully, Trump will announce a budget proposal regarding the wall and how he will intend to pay it should Mexico refuse (which is likely). Taxpayer dollars may be skyrocketing any day now.

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Trumpdates: So About That Press Conference

Let’s be honest; watching a press conference with Donald Trump is comparable to watching reality television. He almost never disappoints and, given that he comes from a television background, it’s not all that surprising. Today he finally held his first official press conference since becoming President-Elect and he did not disappoint.

The main highlight that the media is sure to focus on is his comments regarding “fake news” and his previous tweet comparing intelligence agencies (or just media outlets such as CNN) to Nazi Germany. When asked to comment on the meaning of his tweet, Trump stood by his statement and quoted: “That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do…I think it’s a disgrace that information that was false and fake and never happened got released to the public.” While he didn’t use any official examples regarding what ‘fake news’ was spewed throughout Germany during the Nazi fascist movement, he likely was using it as a buzzword to draw negative attention towards media outlets he believed to have wronged him (specifically CNN and buzzfeed).

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Trump blatantly attacked CNN reporter telling him that his organization was terrible and to be quiet, he was fake news, and that he would not be taking questions from him.

The majority of Trump’s press conference was actually spoken by his attorney, Sheri Dillon. Her twenty-minute-long speech followed a series of questions from a certain reporter regarding making his tax returns public in order to guarantee there were no transactions with Russa. He, again, claimed he was still under a tax audit (although, to my knowledge, you are allowed to release tax returns even during an audit).

When her questions persisted, Trump exclaimed he doesn’t need to release his tax returns because he already won, and that no one cares about his tax returns.

The wall was, as expected, mentioned and the terms have changed. Instead of Mexico paying for the wall, it’s now official that Mexico will be reimbursing the cost of the wall so that the U.S. Government can make arrangements for immediate construction within Trump’s first two weeks in office. It is unknown where the money for the wall will be coming from as Trump previously estimated the cost of the wall up to 10 to 12 billion dollars and his cost estimates seem to be rising ever since he first proposed the idea.

Overall, nothing extraordinarily surprising; however, he seems to be doubling down on a lot of the issues he had previously been passionate about, given that instead of repealing Obamacare, he will be altering it; instead of Mexico paying for the wall, they will be reimbursing us, etc.

His Inauguration ball is Friday, January 20th and his official first day in office is Monday, January 16th.