Trump Becomes The 45th President

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President Donald J. Trump’s Official Portrait. Photo courtesy of: www.whitehouse.gov

By Kyler Johnson/ GG Editor-In-Chief

On Friday, Jan. 20, Donald Trump became the 45th President of The United States.

In an approximately 20 minute speech, Trump reassured the nation that “from this day forward, it’s going to be America first.” After a long election cycle with his democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, Trump defied the odds and won the election. While Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, the biggest margin of loss in U.S. history, he still won the electoral college, meaning he secured The White House.

In his first few days in office, President Trump signed multiple executive orders. The Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline have been brought back to life as Trump is planning on having the remaining portions of the pipelines built and completed, which will bring jobs, but could also hurt the environment.

The Dakota Access pipeline will run right through sacred burial grounds of the nearby American Indians, that caused a massive protest in November and December and with this executive order being signed, more protests are likely.

President Trump has also been talking with Mexico’s President, and it’s looking like his idea of a “huge wall” between the Mexican-American border is becoming a reality.  

President Donald J. Trump’s Official Portrait. Photo courtesy of: www.whitehouse.gov

Since the election there have been a lot of differing opinions about Trump, but what do students think now that he’s President?

Siaira Baustert (12) said, “My heart is broken. I want to be positive and have hope in him for our country, but honestly I’ve never had hope for him and nothing has proved me to think otherwise. In my opinion he hasn’t made one correct decision in office. He is not my president, because he doesn’t stand for anything I believe. Trump has no idea what he is doing and he acts like a child.”

Treyton Vaughn (11) said, “I don’t really have an opinion. I would rather not have him as a president, but there’s nothing we can do about it or change it. I feel we had bad candidates this election in general and I wish Obama could have just stayed.”

In his first week in office, Trump signed another executive order restricting immigration in the United States. People from seven countries are now banned from entering the U.S. This has sparked an outrage across America leading to protests, this even caused LPS Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel to record a speech stating that, “All means all” at LPS.

However, about a week after Trump issued his executive order, Washington Attorney General, Bob Ferguson filed a memorandum against Trump’s travel ban. Later that week a federal appeals court declared the executive order unconstitutional and decided not to reinstate the ban.

Trump has faced a lot of criticism since he started his campaign and since he took office. According to CNN poll, Trump has the lowest approval rating of any new president.

Senators all around the nation have hosted town hall meetings to hear from their constituents. Nebraska Senator, Deb Fischer, has yet to host a meeting, even after voting to approve Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Fischer’s office received many letters pleading her to not vote for DeVos, there were even a couple of marches from the Capitol to Fischer’s office.

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