Trump’s First Year as President

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Donald Trump has been in office for over a year now. While he’s been receiving a lot of negativity, and has received a low approval rating, he has still strived to do good in the world as our nation’s president.

At Trump’s inauguration, Trump had six religious leaders give a prayer or benediction, which is a record amount for any presidential inauguration. The religious diversity of the lineup at the inauguration must have brought joy to some people whose faith was represented on such a grand scale.

Trump appointed a number of people to fill his Cabinet. One surprising pick was Dr. Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. This is surprising because Carson was a notably skilled neurosurgeon, so he obviously does not come from a housing or development background. However, I found this helpful in the sense that it makes a case that Trump may not be the racist that many people make him out to be.

In an article in The Washington Post, columnist Marc Thiessen listed the 10 things that Trump has accomplished so far. One of the things Thiessen noted is that Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans on moving the U.S. Embassy into Jerusalem.

According to The New York Times, Trump emphasized that it was a long overdue step toward peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Trump promised during his campaign that he would accomplish this and mentioned that, “While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”

Trump has also enacted a tax reform that has enabled economic reform. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is said to benefit the middle class more so than the upper class. The act will repeal the Obamacare tax on those without health insurance, beginning in 2019. This will help out a lot of low-income individuals who may be hurt by the tax.

Trump has also appointed Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, thus securing a majority of conservative Republicans in the lineup. Trump is allegedly moving to fill up the federal appeals courts with younger judges on the conservative side at a record pace.

The number one item that Donald Trump has accomplished according to Thiessen is, “(Trump), not Hillary Clinton, was inaugurated as president. Trump delivered the coup de grace that ended the corrupt, dishonest Clinton political machine.”

The media, from several newspapers to TV news channels and polls, predicted the wrong candidate in the election last year. The media had also proven itself to be biased against President Trump. A poll conducted by the Media Research Center immediately after last year’s election showed that 78 percent of respondents got the impression the campaigns were biased.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents believed the media was being dishonest in their coverage, and 59 percent of respondents believed the media coverage was biased in favor of Hillary Clinton. A mind-boggling statistic is that 97 percent of U.S. registered voters in the survey did not let the media bias influence their vote.

Toward the end of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email, former FBI director James Comey found Clinton to be “extremely careless” in her emails and did not recommend a filing of charges against Clinton. This may be a bit of a conundrum because it’s letting her off with nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Even Bernie Sanders said it was a “serious issue.” Shouldn’t she be held accountable for that?

Trump received a lot of bad press from folks from the right, but much more so from the left. But Clinton’s comment during the campaign that Trump and anyone who supports him is a “basket of deplorables” didn’t receive nearly the level of condemnation that Trump has received.

Earlier this year, President Trump signed legislation that aimed at decreasing federal funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform abortions. A bill got passed by the Senate recently with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. This is good for pro-life individuals and organizations who believe abortion to be morally wrong. Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire, noted that the organization has performed, on average, roughly 300,000 abortions per year. This would amount to about 30 percent of total abortions performed nationwide.

In the book “God and Donald Trump” by Stephen Strang, Trump developed a relationship with the evangelical community during his campaign. Strang noted in his book that Trump had offered the evangelical community his support and had their interest in mind, something that Hillary Clinton had not done. This may have been a crucial point in what helped get Trump elected.

President Trump isn’t perfect. Nobody is. Every president and other elected official has his or her faults. But Trump happened to get elected with the majority of the electoral vote. He obviously isn’t the most popular guy right now. However, being the oldest elected president and the only president not to have government or military experience says a lot. There’s a stigma attached to being elected to such a high office that has been at Trump’s election and inauguration. Trump has extensive experience as an author and successful businessman, so obviously he isn’t a complete idiot, contrary to popular belief.

What a lot of people like about Trump is that he’s not a politician. He can, and has, brought something to the table so far during his first year as President of the United States.

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