Trump’s First Week as President

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President Donald J. Trump signs Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline

By Arturo Brooks |Staff Writer|

President Donald J. Trump and former President Barack H. Obama carried out a peaceful transfer of power, which was witnessed by not only America but the entire world during the Inaugural Address on Jan. 20.

Throughout Trump’s speech many things were said. Trump mentioned how Americans must come together, how we bleed the same blood, how color doesn’t matter and that we are all patriots.

“This is your day. This is your celebration,” stated Trump.

Trump even mentioned how he is going to rebuild our infrastructure using his two simple plans.

“Buy American and Hire American,” said Trump, simply.

In his plan to make America great again, Trump explained that we would rebuild our infrastructure by restoring things such as schools, roads, railways, etc. in order to relieve people from welfare and back to work.

Trump criticized politicians during his speech, stating that they are all talk and no action, and saying that they are constantly complaining.

Even though Trump took a shot at politicians, Rep. Aguilar of the 31st district has some concerns about our Commander in Chief.

“While I respect the office of the presidency, I harbor deep concerns about the man who has assumed the position. Donald Trump spent eighteen months normalizing racism and sexism,” stated Aguilar.

“He called Mexicans rapists and criminals, proposed unconstitutional bans and registries for Muslim Americans, bragged about sexually assaulting women, mocked Americans with disabilities, and the list goes on,” added Aguilar.

In the closing statements of Trump’s Inaugural Address he stated, “Together we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And yes, we will make America great again.”

A student on campus, who wishes to remain anonymous, due to the amount of controversy, stated that “I keep in mind that the highest office held in the United States needs a element of respect.”

Another student, Matthew Miller, stated their concerns about Trump regarding his ego.

“If Trump can step out of his own comfort zone and ego, that of itself can make America Great Again,” said Miller.

During our commander in chief’s first week he’s been quite busy signing memorandum after memorandum, putting his pens to work.

Some are controversial and others might be better for America.

The first was the Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.

This memorandum allows states to have more flexibility and to control and allow more opportunities for a free and open healthcare market.

Trump signed a memorandum, the Presidential Memorandum Regarding Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement. This memorandum would represent American people and make sure our financial well-being would be in all negotiations.

A memorandum for Construction of American Pipelines was signed, as well as the very controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

The memorandum stated that, “(i) with regard to iron or steel products, that all manufacturing processes for such iron or steel products, from the initial melting stage through the application of coatings, occurred in the United States.”

This memorandum affects the Dakota Access Pipeline. They must submit another “Pipeline Approval Review” that must be approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Army or Civil Works and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

This means that they must be approved again.

As stated before in the prior memorandum Construction of American Pipelines, it must be American made steel and iron, nothing from a foreign country. This will potentially create more jobs here in America.

Trump’s campaign heavily relied on immigration.

Keeping his promise, the Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements has been enforced.

This allows “the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border, monitored and supported by adequate personnel so as to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism.”

Rep. Pete Aguilar had a few things to say about Trump’s memorandums.

“President Trump should focus on creating good-paying jobs, supporting veterans and protecting Social Security and Medicare. Instead, he’s prioritized building a wall that will cost taxpayers billions of dollars, cutting federal funds for cities throughout the nation, stripping Americans of affordable health care and green-lighting environmentally dangerous pipelines,” said Aguilar.

If you are curious about Trump’s recent actions, visit whitehouse.gov/blog.

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