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President Trump begins quest to “make America great again”

Watson Harvey, Staff writer

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President Donald Trump was sworn into office Jan. 20 and began his new job: filling the most important position in the nation.

Since this date, America has watched as Trump’s campaign promises have become law, some more notable than others. Here are some of the important highlights of his time in office and areas the nation needs to continue to watch as Trump wraps up his third month in office.

New Supreme Court Justice

Trump announced his pick to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court on Jan. 31, just 11 days after his inauguration. After the late Justice Antonin Scalia died early last year, former President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland. The approval process was delayed by Republican leaders, hoping a Republican president would be elected and able to make his pick for the court. Their prayers were answered when Trump announced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee.

“Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support,” Trump said following the announcement at the White House.

While the latter was true, support for Gorsuch is now limited to the Republican Party. Don’t expect the approval process to be any faster this time. Congressional Democrats are expected to hold up Gorsuch for as long as possible. An effort to get back at Republicans and their actions last year, many say, further proving that no one can seem to play nice in the battle between parties.

“The Supreme Court, while they have a lot of power, are balanced out by the other branches,” sophomore Sophia Farrow said.  “The court decides on matters that have a larger effect on the public than the President.”

Affordable Care Act

Promises to repeal “Obamacare” were mentioned in early 2016, and Trump’s plan resembled other conservative plans to alter the Affordable Care Act. Now, almost a year later, Trump is running out of time to solidify his healthcare policy.

Republicans are ready to go, but Democrats are concerned for the 60 million Americans with preexisting conditions not covered under Trump’s plan. Only time will tell if it will work out for all Americans.

“I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” Mr. Trump said at a press conference about his budget, “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”

And he’s right. Author Ian Millhiser for ThinkProgress, reports that if the ACA were repealed, nearly 36,000 Americans would die annually as a result of lacking health insurance, which is currently provided by the Affordable Care Act. Repealing the ACA would have a tremendous impact on North Carolinians, as 550,000 residents in the state would lose health care. The repeal would affect your neighbors, teachers, and classmates.

“I would lose health care,” an anonymous 18-year-old anonymous girl said, “I’ll still be able to see a doctor if I need to, but it’s going to be a lot more expensive. I had bronchitis and a sinus infection and I was prescribed $100 worth of medicine. We only had to pay $20 of that. [Obamacare] is a huge help to me and my family.”

Executive Orders

At press time, Trump had already 16 executive orders. Arguably, the most mentioned has been the ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations. Enforcing the ban, however, proved to be difficult as airline officials across the globe were left without warning of the ban. Protesters rallied outside of several large, US airports, calling the ban unjust.

The cries of the affected were heard, but only somewhat. A revision to the order, signed March 6, removed Iraq from the list of banned countries and allowed permanent US residents to reenter the states.

White House Enemies

President Trump has already managed to make some very major enemies in his first few months in office.

In his first public speech following his inauguration, he spoke at the CIA headquarters in Washington. Standing in front of a memorial commemorating agents lost in the battle to defend our country, Trump spoke of the media and the election results. His words disappointed those expecting to hear an apology from Trump concerning his bashing of the international intelligence community. Trump now has problems with the FBI, CIA, and MI6 – three organizations that have tremendous power over those they favor.

Aside from intelligence, Trump has also made it clear that he despises the media. More specifically, agencies like CNN, The New York Times and Buzzfeed.

“As you know, I have a running war with the media.” Trump said at his CIA headquarters speech, “They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth.”

What’s next?

All of this may seem a little overwhelming, but rest assured you’re not alone. Republicans and Democrats alike are involving themselves and fighting for the preservation of Democracy. Trump is a wild card and one of the most controversial men to hold his position; so expect the unexpected. He’s been a Democrat and a Republican, he’s been a millionaire and bankrupt, and he’s loved and hated.

Whichever side you’re on, fight for what you believe is right. Get involved, attend rallies, and volunteer. Call your representatives, share your thoughts, even run for office! Whatever you do, just don’t complain about something you can change.

In Trump’s words: “We are one people, with one destiny.”

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