Sweeping changes come with President Trump

Despite only being a few days into his presidency, Donald Trump has already started making strides

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President Trump is looking to go through a lot of pens.

Evan Rocha, Staff Writer

Regardless of political partisanship or opinion, recently inaugurated President Trump has already gotten busy on a variety of executive orders and nominations. While his cabinet choices have been known since not long after the election, some were appointed very quickly after his inauguration. General James “Mad Dog” Mattis was confirmed by the Senate to be Secretary of Defense in a 98-1 vote (As an aside, cabinet nominations are generally free of the usual partisan quarrels of Congress. As long as a candidate is legally valid for the position and shows no inability to complete their job, they are usually confirmed). General Mattis served previously as a Marine Corps general and commander of United States Central Command under President Obama and was waived through the regular 10-year waiting period from military career to public office by the Senate. The Senate has also confirmed Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security, General John F. Kelly, as well as his pick for Director of the CIA, Michael Pompeo. Many of his more controversial picks, such as Ben Carson for Department of Housing and Urban Development, and former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State, have yet to be confirmed.

Trump has also signed into law quite a few executive orders, some of which fulfill his key campaign promises. One of his most discussed, criticized, and controversial issues, the proposed border wall with Mexico, is already seeing the seeds creation. President Trump has signed various executive orders as part of a multi-part plan to authorize construction of a wall, cut federal grant funding to “sanctuary cities,” hire 5,000 more border patrol agents, and prohibit “catch-and-release” policies for detained illegal immigrants. Despite this, the President of Mexico, Enrique Nieto, as well as former President Vincente Fox have both repeatedly denied that the Mexican government will pay in any way for the construction of a wall.

President Trump has also signed orders to resume construction on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, which had been stymied during President Obama’s second term.

One of the most controversial of Trump’s orders, however, has been the reinstatement of the “Mexico City Policy,” which prevents federal funding from going to organizations that promote or perform abortions. This has prompted many protests, such as the Women’s March in Washington D.C.

Trump has also signed orders removing the US from the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), a trade deal that has been controversial among many for some time now, but has flown under the radar of most Americans. Lastly, Trump has stated, but not implemented, that his replacement for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will cover all Americans, and he has signed an order urging government agencies to ease restrictions on Americans’ insurance in the meantime.