Donald Trump has waged war against the press, withdrawn from the trans-pacific partnership trade deal and introduced the term ‘alternative facts’ – all in just the space of his first four weeks.
In a press conference this week, Donald Trump described his administration as “running like a fine-tuned machine.” However, there have been a number of key issues in his campaign during his first month.
The start of his presidency began with Donald Trump attending his inauguration. His White House Spokesman Sean Spicer claimed that the event was the most watched inauguration of all time. However, pictures and research that emerged the next day proved this untrue. In a defence of this statement, Kellyanne Conway claimed that Spicer was simply using ‘alternative facts’ and that he did not lie.
The day after Trump’s inauguration, people took to the streets in protest of his election. Women’s marches occurred all over the world and it is thought that around 5 million people marched against him that day.
Mr Trump’s very first act as president was to reduce the effect of Obamacare. Hours after he had taken over the role as President he signed an order on the Affordable Care Act that made government departments scale back as many parts of the act as possible.
In a bold move, Trump withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. He said that it “was a great thing for the American Worker.” The agreement came into force on the 4th February 2017.
One of Trump’s key focuses of his campaign was a wall that separated the USA from Mexico. Many people thought he would not go through with this when he came into power but he made in clear in his first month that this would be a priority.
By far Trump’s biggest controversy during his first month in power was his immigration ban. On the 27th January, Donald Trump put into place an order that imposed a 90-day ban on travellers from a number of countries including Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya and Iraq. Supreme Court eventually threw out the ban.
Micheal Flynn (Trump’s national security adviser) resigned following reports that he had lied to Mike Pence about his relationship with Russia. His relationship with Russia’s ambassador was described as ‘potentially illegal’ and led to his resignation from Trump’s team.
To round off the first month President Trump held an extended press conference, lasting over an hour. During the conference, he attacked the press multiple times, continuing to accuse them of ‘fake news’ and misleading the public. He also falsely stated that he had the highest electoral vote of any president, warned of a “nuclear holocaust like no other” and claimed that drugs were as cheap as candy.