Donald Trump has signed an executive order, in his first action as president of the United States, attempting to dismantle his predecessor’s health care projects. His orders direct government agencies to pull funding from the Obamacare system.
Indeed, Trump pledged during his inaugural address to keep “America first”, bring back jobs to the American people and stamp out crime in the country. He has vowed to use his powers of executive action to roll back any and all projects initiated by President Obama, before he’s forced to push bills through Congress. His Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Trump’s order was to “minimise the economic burden”’ of the Affordable Care Act, though he declined to comment further.
In fact, Trump’s transition team has already wasted no time posting his pledge to repeal Obama’s strategies surrounding climate change on the White House website. The website now lists six main points of focus for the administration — jobs, defence, energy, foreign policy, law enforcement and trade deals. Conspicuously, the statement of intent makes no mention of civil and LGBTQ rights, health care or even climate change, all issues Trump has scoffed at during his campaign.
“From this moment on, it’s going to be America First,” Trump declared at his inauguration. “We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”
Yet, not everyone is taking the changes lying down. Protesters flooded the streets of Washington DC the day after the inaugural, with over 200,000 people attending the Women’s March in the city.
Protest leaders said they want to draw attention to racial and gender-based discrimination they fear Trump’s rise to power will bring. Not just the US, similar protests have also been taking place in New Zealand, Australia, and parts of Asia. Clearly, it’s not just Americans but the entire world that’s worried about Donald Trump and his reign.