Trump Ends Third Week Strong
February 16, 2017
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The third week of Donald Trump’s presidency was not as productive as his first two. That being said, President Trump has still been working to keep his promises that he made on the campaign trail. One of the biggest things the President is currently working on is his cabinet. President Trump is still in the process of getting his cabinet confirmed with the senate confirming several of his nominees for their respective positions. On February 1, the senate voted to officially confirm former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State at a fifty-six to forty-three vote. The senate committee also voted to confirm Jeff Sessions as the Attorney General though Mr. Sessions still has to be officially confirmed by the senate to become the nation’s next Attorney General replacing acting Attorney General Dana Boente. On February 7, the Senate also voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education with a fifty-one to fifty vote. Several other nominees in Trump’s cabinet have been passed by a committee and will be voted on by the senate for official confirmation. Trump’s nomination of DeVos was met with criticism from the political left due to DeVos’ support for school choice and private schooling over the current public education system in this country as well as her support for ending the controversial Common Core curriculum passed by the previous Department of Education. Many on the political right and school choice advocates praise the nomination. While many members of his cabinet still need an official senate vote, it looks like most of the nominees will be confirmed to their positions when the senate votes on their confirmations. The President’s Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on February 7 so as far as Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, some progress could be made due to Schumer being one of the biggest opponents of Trump at this time.
One of the biggest things President Trump has done so far in his presidency has been his executive order banning immigrants from several countries for the next 90 days. This hasn’t happened without some type of challenge. On February 3, Federal District Judge James Robart of the United States District Court for The Western District of Washington blocked the executive order. After Judge Robart ruled for the executive order to be blocked the Justice Department requested an emergency stay of Judge Robart’s order. In response to Robart’s order, a White House spokesman stated “All stopped visas will remain stopped. All halted admissions will remain halted. All restricted travel will remain prohibited.” In response to Judge Robart’s ruling, the President took to Twitter, tweeting “Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!” as well as “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”
Trump’s week in office also has not come without criticism from foreign leaders. Speaker of the House of Commons in the United Kingdom John Bercow said that he was opposed to the President speaking before the House of Commons due to his 90-day ban on refugees entering the country. Speaking to the House, Speaker Bercow said, “Before the imposition of the migrant ban I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall, after the imposition of the migrant ban by President Trump I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.”