Can President Trump “Make America Great Again”?

Ryan Haynes, Editor in Chief

Donald Trump wasted no time causing controversy since entering the Oval Office on January 20.  One week into his administration, President Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan.  Not only did this stop refugees from entering the country, it also restricted any sort of travel for green card holders and U.S. citizens.  This caused many protests at airports around the country.  Last week, three federal appeals judges refused to reinstate Trump’s ban, using evidence from Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail calling for a “complete and total shutdown” of Muslim immigration.  President Trump claims the executive order’s purpose is to keep the United States safe from terrorist organizations, however many argue that it is just a way to carry out his plan to stop Muslim immigration into the United States.    

Along with travel ban controversy, Trump has also been turning heads with his progress on the wall.  Arguably his biggest campaign promise was that Mexico was going to pay for the wall.  However, within the first week of his presidency the President of Mexico, President Pena Nieto, canceled his visit to the White House.  Since then President Trump has threatened to impose a 20% tariff on Mexican goods to fund the wall.  He has also toyed with the idea of “a form of reimbursement by Mexico” but he made it clear that ultimately Mexico is still supposed to pay for this wall.

Although it is still very early in his administration, Trump has found no problems making many Americans unhappy and fearful of his future as our as president.  Trump has been stagnant on campaign promises, and is already facing issues in the legal system.  It is not normal for a president to be faced with unconstitutional allegations three weeks into their term.  

President Trump’s plan to “make America great again” hasn’t gotten off to as smooth as a start as he wish it had.  With a low approval rating that he wasn’t happy about, a Mexican President that refuses to pay for the wall, and now his travel ban being faced in court; it is apparent that President Trump is realizing the differences between running a business and running a country.