President Donald Trump: The First 100 Days

By Andrew Ziegler, 1/25/17

Trump’s over 500-day campaign has ended but his first 100 days as president are just beginning.

In the first weekend after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump did a lot. He issued executive orders to roll back former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and another to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal negotiations. He also met with the CIA and took over the nuclear codes.

President’s plan in action

Trump has given samples of his 100-day plan throughout his campaign. Well known on his presidential to-do list is the construction of a wall on the southern U.S. border which he plans to force Mexico to pay for. By doing this, Trump said he hopes to limit illegal immigration and “to give unemployed Americans an opportunity to fill good-paying jobs.”

As he has already begun to do, the president said he plans to re-assess trade agreements with other nations and “crack down” on companies that send jobs overseas and “bring jobs and industry” back to the country. Trump said he wishes to create “many millions of high-paying jobs” by removing federal restrictions on energy production.

Trump says he will push for an amendment to the Constitution imposing term limits on Congress. His campaign proposed a six-year limit for the House and a 12-year cap for the Senate. He also said he wants to appoint judges “who will uphold the Constitution” and “defend the Second Amendment.”

One year ago, he said he will “get rid of gun-free zones on schools and on military bases.”

Next, President Trump says he plans to name China a currency manipulator. According to the Los Angeles Times however, this may be an outdated proposal now that China’s economy is slowing down and the country has cut back on its fiscal conduct.

Trump says he will instruct the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to “develop a comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyberattacks, and all other form of attacks.”

The president said he hopes to formulate a rule on regulations “that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated.”

Unity and hope

Seattle Pacific University (SPU) sophomore Nicholas Burton said he has been following the campaign and election thoroughly. “A lot of people right now are focused on going against the system, but the biggest thing Americans can do is be unified and have interest in the greater good,” Burton said. “There will be a better outcome than if people are fighting over it consistently.”

Burton said he is not a Trump supporter, but he said he feels the more support we can give the president, the better we will communicate and have a healthier relationship.

Washington resident Sharon Reese has been voting since the mid-1980s. She has voted for an assortment of democrats and republicans in her several general elections. She says she realizes that even when Obama was elected for the first time in 2008, he was seen as “fired up and almost like a punk.”

Reese compares the passion that Obama had as similar to Trump’s now. She said now that the 44th president was extremely mellow by the end of his eight-year stint. “With time, Trump’s social media presence and personality in general will calm down,” Reese said.

The new president has taken over media outlets.

Peaceful protests in Seattle

SPU freshman Emma Walton attended a women’s rights march in downtown Seattle on Saturday Jan. 22. She says it wasn’t explicitly anti-Trump and people were calm and respectful in their protesting. She called it a fairly productive protest and saw it as much more beneficial than rioting.

“Seeing the violence across the nation throws me off because that’s the opposite of what people are trying to argue for,” Walton said.

Rioting in Washington, D.C., has been drastically different than what Walton observed in Seattle. Philip Wegmann of the Washington Examiner was present during the D.C. riots and commented on the irony he saw when protesters got tired of chanting “love trumps hate” and started chucking rocks at cops.

Even with public backlash, presidents are generally effective in their first 100 days. Trump says he will be no exception.