Trumps 18 executive Orders

Within 12 days, President Donald Trump issued 18 executive orders, one fewer than his predecessor in that same time frame.

On the first day, President Trump’s first executive order was directed at Obamacare.

“I think Obamacare was unneeded to begin with. You shouldn’t force people to have healthcare and, then, fine them for not having it,” sophomore Clyde Vaught said.

Senior Jenna Barger disagreed.

“Obamacare wasn’t the best thing, but it was an attempt which is better than what most did. Universal healthcare for all is a great idea, and Obamacare was helping a lot of people who otherwise would have nothing in way of healthcare,” Barger said.

Another executive order involved the withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific deal. The order effectively removed the U.S., one of the biggest members, from the international trade partnership.

“I am really in the middle about this one. On one hand, we were getting ripped off in the deal, but on the other hand, if China doesn’t agree to deal with us like Trump wants, we could end up in depression akin to the 2008 market collapse,” Vaught said.

The most controversial of the orders involved a travel ban for people from specific countries. The executive order placed a four-month suspension of the program that was bringing refugees to the U.S. The same order also placed a three-month travel ban preventing citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from traveling into the U.S.

“This is, in my opinion, one of the best things he has done so far because there are threats coming from those countries and we have to protect ourselves from those who would harm us,” Vaught said.

Barger disagreed.

“This is awful. He is generalizing people and saying they are all capable of violence. This is even worse because most of the people he is banning and preventing from coming in are kids and women who are fleeing the violence within their own countries,” Barger said.

Another orders that has sparked upheaval enforces Trump’s promises on immigration. The order authorized the beginning of the construction of a wall that stretches across the U.S.-Mexico border. The same order stopped all federal funding for sanctuary cities, hired 5,000 more federal border agents and ended the previous catch-and-release policy with illegal immigrants.

“I think it’s a great way for Trump to use his powers as commander-in-chief. He is removing people who are breaking the law by coming here illegally,” Vaught said.

In this instance, Barger agreed with Vaught.

“This is one of the few things I kind of agree with as long as it is done right. People who break the law and come here illegally should not be here, but some have been here so long that they have kids who were born here and are technically legal citizens which makes it so difficult to pick a side,” Barger said.

The last of the 12 orders has probably sparked the biggest response as women marched on the country’s capital in protest. Trump stripped federal funding from all establishments or institutions that offer abortions.

“This is one of the ones I don’t agree with. Even though I like Trump and most of his policies, I think that the power of choice should be with the people, especially with this,” Vaught said.
Barger agreed.

“I can’t stand the fact that a man who doesn’t know what it is like to be pregnant or deal with pregnancy decides that women can’t get an abortion to prevent a child that they may not be able to take care of or provide for,” Barger said.

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