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Friday, February 10, 2017
The First Two Weeks of President Donald Trump
November 2016 — In an effort to "Drain the Swamp," Trump instituted a 5-year lobbying ban.
Because of his strong criticism of outsourcing, numerous businesses have specifically backed off from outsourcing jobs to foreign nations, citing Trump as either the reason or a large reason. Carrier tweeted that they reached a deal with the President-elect to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indiana. Trump also motivated Ford to scrap their plans for a $1.6 billion plant planned for Mexico and instead will invest $700 million in a Michigan assembly plant creating 700 new jobs.
Trump criticized Boeing and Lockheed Martin for selling the U.S. overpriced weaponry (including the failed F-35 Lightning II program), and he criticized Boeing for planning an extremely overpriced new Air Force One. After criticizing Boeing over Air Force One and meeting with its executives, the company's CEO assured Trump that the new plane would not be over budget.
January 2017 — Trump stopped the GOP-controlled House from changing the House Ethics Oversight panel rules after tweeting against the change.
January 20, 2017—On his first day in office, Trump signed an executive order that would lessen Obamacare's burden while Republicans work to repeal and replace the failed bureaucratic law.
Trump picked the most conservative cabinet, at least in recent U.S. history. In addition, rather than picking establishment Washington RINOs with worthless governmental experience in the capital city, Trump chose an unorthodox cabinet of true conservatives, small-government proponents, and outsiders. Additionally, Trump nominated David Friedman—one of the most pro-Israel figures in the entire world—as U.S. ambassador to Israel (which other Republicans likely would not have done).
Trump signed his Jan. 27, 2017 order regarding refugees and travel from high-risk countries.
January 25, 2017—Trump signed two executive orders. The first one included ordering the "immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border," the hiring of 5,000 additional border control agents, and ending "catch-and-release" policies for illegal immigrants. The second order called for hiring an additional 10,000 federal immigration officers, re-establishing the Secure Communities Program and other local partnerships, making the deportation of criminal illegal immigrants a priority, directing the State Department to use leverage to ensure countries-of-origin take back illegal immigrants, and stripping federal grant money from sanctuary cities and states.
January 25, 2017—Trump promised to investigate voter fraud in the U.S. While this appears to have only been an announcement of a future action, it shows that President Trump is serious about voter fraud.
January 27, 2017—Trump signed an executive order indefinitely banning the admission of Syrian refugees, suspending the overall refugee program for 120 days, suspending entry and the issuing of visas from several unstable Islamic majority countries for at least 90 days, and reducing the number of refugees allowed into the nation during the fiscal year from 110,000 to 50,000.
Despite criticism from leftists and non-conservatives, 49 percent of the American public supported the decision compared to 41 percent opposed, according to the "mainstream" Reuters, and 57% percent of likely American voters supported the ban according to Rasmussen. Additionally, while the leftist establishment European leaders opposed the ban, a strong majority—55% average—of Europeans support the ban.
January 24, 2017—Trump signed two orders reviving consideration for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects, which Obama halted due to supposed environmental concerns. In addition, Trump signed three other orders, one requiring the United States Secretary of Commerce make a plan within six months mandating all new or improved pipelines be made with American steel, another order requiring every federal agency to streamline manufacturing regulations, and the third allowing fast-track approval for important infrastructure projects.
February 3, 2017 Trump signed an order directing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, upon his confirmation, to plan changes to the Dodd-Frank bank regulatory law in order to cut much of it.
TRADE AND FOREIGN POLICY
January 23, 2017—Trump signed an order which withdrew the United States from the globalist Trans-Pacific Partnership.
February 3, 2017—After Iran tested a ballistic missile in apparent violation of a UN Security Council resolution, the Trump Administration instituted economic sanctions against 13 Iranian individuals and 12 companies.
SIZE OF GOVERNMENT
January 20, 2017—On its first day in office, the Trump Administration ordered a regulatory freeze on all federal governmental agencies.
January 20 and 23, 2017—After he was inaugurated, the Trump administration instituted a federal hiring freeze.
January 30, 2017—Trump signed an executive order that requires two federal regulations must be eliminated for every regulation created.
February 3, 2017—President Trump signed a memorandum directing the United States Department of Labor to review a regulation signed by Obama set to go into effect.
January 27, 2017—Trump signed a memorandum to begin the expansion and rebuilding of the U.S. military.
February 3, 2017—The Trump Administration and Lockheed Martin reached a tentative deal that would purchase 90 F-35 jet at the lowest price in the program's history.
January 20, 2017—The day he was inaugurated, Trump instituted a national day of patriotism for the country, and a few days later Trump officially designated his inauguration day the National Day of Patriotic Devotion.
January 22-28, 2017—National School Choice Week, as proclaimed by President Trump.
January 20, 2017—On the day he took office, Trump returned the bust of UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill to the Oval Office that Obama removed when he took office. He also accepted the United Kingdom's offer to re-loan the second identical bust of Churchill, which Obama removed and returned after the first loan expired.
January 28, 2017—Trump signed an executive order banning administration officials from lobbying their federal agencies for five years, as well as banning them for life from lobbying foreign nations and political parties.
January 30, 2017—Trump showed he would not tolerate incompetent leftist administration officials when he fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates (a left-wing Obama holdover) when she refused to defend his refugee and immigration ban executive order. That same night, Trump replaced the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (another Obama holdover) with a more competent official who had a reputation for enforcing immigration laws.
February 3, 2017—President Trump signed three executive orders pertaining to law enforcement. The first cracked down and strengthens the law against international crime organizations, the second deals with anti-law enforcement crimes, and third with finding a strategy for reducing crime in general, "including, in particular, illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime."
NON LEGISLATIVE OR POLICY ISSUES
Trump to meet with conservative, right-wing figures who stand boldly for small government and conservatism, unlike many other Republicans. Also, Trump has had very strong relations with Nigel Farage of the United Kingdom Independence Party of Brexit fame.
Trump has stood up to political correctness and the left-wing consensus in numerous aspects, most notably for rejecting political correctness and communicating directly to the public rather than the mainstream media. Also, Trump has been bold in rejecting the term "happy holidays."
January 20, 2017—Trump became the first president to say "radical Islamic terrorism" in his inaugural address.
January 27, 2017—Vice President Mike Pence became the first vice president in United States history to speak at the annual March for Life march in Washington D.C. Additionally, Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway also spoke at the event, and Trump himself strongly expressed his support for the march.
On January 31, 2017, Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. nomination was well received by many conservatives.
TRUMP AND THE STOCK MARKET
With expectations that Trump's election victory would cause the markets to plunge, the Dow Jones Industrial Average actually performed very strongly, closing at the highest level it had ever reached in history after the second. Trump was very busy in his first week and showed he was serious about his campaign promises. This caused the stock market to increase, and the Dow Jones passed 20,000 points for the first time in its history.
Donald Trump helped further discredit the mainstream media due to his repeatedly challenging their honesty and by demonstrating that their predictions regarding his candidacy were repeatedly false. American's who trust the media is at 32% according to the Gallup organization which is at an all time low. Additionally, between the 2016 election and late January, trust in the media fell from 21 to 15 percent among Trump voters, and even among Clinton voters it fell from 57 to
Donald Trump's establishment of a massive direct line to the public via social media
Via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube Donald Trump has established a massive direct link to the American public which is unfiltered by the mainstream media. His social media audience is about 45 million people.