P.O.T.U.S continues to make radical changes

Branden Alford, Editor

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No one can deny, regardless of his/her side of the aisle, that in his first months on the job, President Trump has done A LOT. From his comments on the KKK to 42 executive orders since the last Cat Tracks story, he has been a busy man.
Over the course of the summer break, one word was said more than any other. Trump’s attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare” have failed in Congress with notable Republicans voting against it.
Also in Congress, the nation has seen a showdown between the Republican establishment, the left, and the President over the budget. In his first few months in office, Trump brought forward a proposed budget to Congress for them to either approve or amend, since it is in Congress’s job description to pass a budget.
Inside his budget, Trump called for massive tax cuts across the board, as well as $1.6 billion for the border wall, among many other things.
Sandy Loucks, English teacher, says of the mess in Washington, “It’s only three and a half more years. I look away from all the stories and photos of him because I know better days are coming.”
The legislature is not so calm. His actions have has kick-started political infighting, even drawing back memories of the Red Scare, as Republican Senator Allen West of Florida claimed to have a list containing “78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party who were members of the Communist party,” according to freelance journalist Miranda Green.
The drama does not end there on the congressional floor. Members of the President’s closest staff have found themselves there, answering questions surrounding the possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia.
Further complicating the Russia issue, President Trump has gone through two attorney generals, several district court attorneys, an FBI director, a special White House adviser, his own Chief of Staff, and two press secretaries.
While he gave solid reasoning for the firing of most of those individuals, it has caused many in the media circles and in Congress to question his actions.
Dirk Over, American Government teacher, said of the firings, “President Trump declared, and his supporters chanted, ‘Drain the Swamp.’ Unfortunately, through his firings, the swamp has turned out to be his own appointed staff.”
For the entirety of Trump’s tenure, international policy has taken on an extremely different look then under President Obama.
Following his campaign promises, Trump left the Trans-Pacific Partnership, stating that America had the raw end of the deal when it came to jobs. Also, he renewed his threat to leave the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, if America’s neighbors to the north and south failed to make the deal more fair.
Russell Morgan, senior, said, “I would have no problem with Trump backing out of these deals if he would go into more details about why we were leaving it.”
Trump shocked the world over the summer as he withdrew America from the Paris Agreement, famously saying, “I was elected President by the voters of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” The deal, as he says, is unfair to American workers and American industry.
Recently, groups such as Antifa or Neo-Nazi’s have marched on cities across the nation, often ending in violent fighting. Trump has seemed to further complicate the issue by not remaining consistent in his laying of blame in many cities, such as Charlottesville.
Chris Varvel, social studies teacher, said, “What I feel President Trump needs to do is be very careful with his wording on issues and make sure his language brings the nation together instead of possibly even fueling a greater divide.”
A major issue of Trump’s tenure has been terrorism around the globe by ISIS or ISIS affiliates. After the most recent attacks, the coordinated van attack and car strike that killed 14 to date, Trump declared that America would “do anything in our power” to stop radical Islamic terrorism.
U.S. military, in coordination with a full score of other militaries that form a coalition, have made gains under Trump, as ISIS’s holds in the Middle East have been regained, such as Aleppo.
In response to domestic terrorist events as well as lone wolf style attacks in Europe, Trump has proposed a “travel ban,” barring people from countries with known links to terrorism or with a high terrorist concentration from entering the country.
Parts of this ban have been struck down by district courts around the country. The Supreme Court, however, upheld certain portions. As it stands today, Aug. 28, 2017 (this may be different tomorrow), U.S. immigration authorities have the right to deny anyone entry into the United States if they “do not have bona fide relationship with someone inside the United States” and they are from one of the high risk nations.
Alex Rodriguez, senior, says, “A wall won’t fix the immigration problems our country faces. Personally, I believe there is no problem that needs solved.”
If there are individuals out there who missed anything over the summer, Twitter is an excellent resource for catching up. All 9,146 of his tweets since announcing his candidacy should serve as a decent refresher.
(EDITORS NOTE): Cat Tracks newspaper does not write news stories with any political bias or personal opinion. Do not read into this the writer’s opinion, or the opinion of the staff.

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