MU weighs in on President Trump’s first week in office

Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration Jan. 20, Trump has started signing executive actions on some of the issues he emphasized during his campaign.

“I personally don’t understand the executive orders that are going on or keep up with politics much,” Marshall graduate student, Lauren Allen, said. “I think students are quick to judge and make their own interpretations when they really don’t get it.”

Trump has released multiple statements on the executive orders he has signed, and also numerous presidential memorandums. Each of these releases can be viewed on the White House website.

These presidential actions are essentially “signaling a shift in priorities of the White House,” said Dr. C. Damien Arthur, Marshall University assistant professor of political science.

On his first day as president, Trump called an executive order on the Affordable Care Act.

President Trump spoke against the program many times during his campaign trail. The official White House website provided a press release outlining how Trump made the executive order intending to repeal the Affordable Care Act as soon as possible.

Trump also released another press release regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This issue was another protested matter across the nation, and the president took action to formally withdraw the United States as one of the participatory nations in the trade deal.

On Jan. 24, Trump released two presidential memorandums regarding the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline, Trump states in his memorandum, “I believe that construction and operation of lawfully permitted pipeline infrastructure serve the national interest.”

According to the White House website, The Keystone XL Pipeline would work to transfer petroleum products from Canada to the United States.

Trump also shared a presidential memorandum on Jan. 23, where he outlined his plans to reinstate the Mexico City Policy.

The policy is described in the memorandum as working to guarantee “that U.S. taxpayer dollars do not fund organizations or programs that support or participate in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.”

Trump has also released statements on his personal Twitter account regarding future actions he has planned.

On the Twitter account of Donald J. Trump, the nation can see his plans to begin an investigation on voter fraud.

Trump also wrote on his Twitter that he plans to discuss proposals for national security in the upcoming days and also mentioned the wall he intends to build on the border of Mexico and the United States, a controversial idea during his campaign for presidency.

Concerning the multiple orders in just a few days, people should realize “the full weight of executive orders are measured by policy effect rather than quantity,” Dr. Arthur said.

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