A Look into Trump’s First Week in Office

By Brenna Tiffany| Web Editor

It has officially been one week since Trump was inaugurated and quite a bit has happened. Controversial or not Trump has gotten a quick start to making changes in America.

On Jan. 20 moments after trump was inaugurated whitehouse.gov/lgbt was replaced with an entirely new face for the site. Upon arrival to the site, there is no longer a mention of the old page full of LGBT rights and policies in support of the community, the page seems to have disappeared being replaced instead with a box that reads, “thank you for your interest in this subject. Stay tuned as we continue to update whitehouse.gov” meaning the site may just be in the midst of a transition, or the page could have been deleted entirely.

“The LGBT page isn’t the only one that has been taken down. For example, popular pages on Twitter have been blocked because they didn’t agree with Trump. Censoring the public is just making him like a dictator,” senior Sydney LeBeau said.

Trump has also chosen to cut any federal funding for all global organizations that provide or discuss abortion.

“I think the cut of funding will do more bad than good because most of planned parenthood’s government funding is used for other things not related to abortion,” junior Jordynne Lee said.

The famous line “build the wall” could be gaining some ground as Trump has directed Homeland security to begin the construction of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. However, this order has not made it through congress so it is too early to know whether construction will actually happen.

Trump has also made it clear that he plans to disband Obamacare, he recently signed an executive order not disbanding, yet certainly attempting to disband Obamacare, but it is still unclear what the presidency will hold for health care in the future.

“He shouldn’t get rid of Obamacare, but it’s going to happen and it is going to cause hundreds of people to lose coverage,” senior Sydney LeBeau said.

Not only has Trump signed this executive order, but the Trump administration has also stopped all advertisements for Obamacare as of right now.

Changes in immigration laws state that where any illegal immigrant caught in America used to be allowed to wait in the U.S. for a trial, they will now be sent straight to jail, or quickly deported.

On Jan. 27 Trump held his first press conference where he stated that though it may cause problems, he sees a good relationship between the U.S. and Russia as a good thing for America but would not state clearly whether he is planning to lift sanctions on Moscow, or whether he supports the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

“We should remove the sanction on Russia, it has no affect other than ruining trade agreements. Plus world nations need to become allies, there are much bigger problems than a sanction that only hurts the economy,” junior Robert Law said.

Just yesterday, Trump signed an order temporarily suspending the immigration of Syrian refuges to the U.S. until policies are officially changed.

These are a few of the bigger changes Trump has made thus far, and possibly some of them can give a quick look into what the future of America might shape up to be. America will just have to wait and see what more Trump has in store for the country over the upcoming years.

“Trump can say whatever he wants, but actions speak louder than words. I will believe it when I see it,” junior Justin Heidorn said.

Illustration by Savaughn Cowan| Reporter

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