Barack Obama has officially retired from his term and Trump has taken over as America’s new president. Citizens have already witnessed Trump’s claims of building a wall between Mexico and America. One of his other vows was deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants. Trump has also pledged to get rid of the things that were completed during Obama’s term.
However, how many of Trump’s promises will be guaranteed? And, if they are, what are the effects that come with it?
Although Trump wants a wall, his goals won’t be accomplished soon. Trump says, “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I build them very inexpensively.” He claims that the wall would be about $10 billion to $12 billion.
But a study from the Washington post claims that it would be about $25 billion, far from what Trump claims. The wall will also have to worry about the environment. The U.S-Mexico border is a delicate ecosystem with regular animal migration. The wall will also have to face natural flooding zones.
Along with this wall, Trump seems to be forging a closer relationship with Russia. Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has been consistently praising Donald Trump and vice versa. Trump has also been defending Russia as investigations are ongoing, tweeting, “Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Only ‘stupid’ people, or fools, would think that it is bad, We have enough problems around the world without yet another one. When I am President, Russia will respect us far more than they do now and both countries will, perhaps, work together to solve some of the many great and pressing problems and issues of the WORLD!”
The U.S has always tried to forge an alliance with Russia to combat ISIS and bring an end to the Syrian civil war. If Trump is able to befriend Russia, their help may be able to bring down ISIS.
Donald Trump will also have to take care of the economy that has been battling back from the recession for the last eight years to prevent a second Great Depression. His prescription for tax cuts will likely favor the rich, and republicans are predicting a huge economic expansion. This, along with Trump’s warnings of punitive trade sanctions against China and vows to renegotiate deals like NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) could lead to a very unpredictable year.
A Donald Trump presidency may also change the people. On January 20, 2017, his inauguration, there were many protesters cutting off many entry points chanting, “This checkpoint is closed.” Also, as Trump stepped forward to take the oath of office, six protesters stood up to chant the preamble to the U.S Constitution.
It doesn’t just stop at Washington D.C, it is all around the world. In New York, nine people were arrested for disorderly conduct, and five people arrested in Dallas. In Portland, protesters were armed with clubs and sticks, while throwing an unknown liquid at the officers. Six were arrested and in Seattle protesters threw bricks at the officers. A man who was shot at the protest is in critical condition and is being cared for.
The nation has been divided into those who favor Trump, and those who hate him, and there are the positives and negatives to him becoming president. He may be able to help our economy and prevent a second Great Depression. He could also lower immigration rates. The negatives are that the nation is now even more divided, and he must figure out how to make the United States into one, single nation once again.
For more information on Donald trump’s inauguration, visit “The Start of President Trumps Triumph” by Elaine Tong.