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The First Year of Trumps Presidency

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It’s already been one year since Donald Trump took office.  Trump has had accomplishments and failures in his first year. While most of America is split on his policy decisions, our readers can decide for themselves how they feel about our 45th president.

He started with the Dakota Access Pipe Line in early March of 2017, worth roughly $3.7 billion. It caused a very large controversy early on. The positive benefit is that it would be the fastest and most efficient way to transfer crude oil. On the down side, it disrupts the land of the Sioux Native American tribe and has a chance of breaking and spilling crude into their water source.  It got denied by a protest by over 200 Native American tribes. Trump only postponed the pipe line, so in the next year we will see if it comes back into play. Information courtesy of National Review

Trump also wanted a ban against immigration, but it has gotten blocked twice.  Trump temporarily stopped all refugee resettlement into the US for four months and all Syrian refugee resettlement into the US indefinitely. His reason for the immigration ban is to stop terrorist attacks in the country. This effects any immigrants that do not have government clearance. Only visas with government clearance will be allowed to come to this country.    Information from USA Today

More recently, the Trump Administration has proposed tip-pooling, which is where employees tips are mandated by their bosses. People fear that this could lead to the employees losing all money to their higher ups. The administration means for it to apply to waiters and waitresses so they have to share with cooks and other employees who are not up front with the customers.  However, others argue it should be the choice of the waiter because allowing a boss to control their tips could lead to the complete loss of the tip for the waiter. “Allowing employers to distribute tips as they see fit, would end the Labor Department’s practice of treating gratuities as the property of workers, a custom that dates to the 1974 amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act.” said Saru Jayaraman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United in an interview with the Washington Post. This is causing a large amount of controversy and worry for the majority of servers. Hopefully we will see the outcome soon.

Trump also has a very strong social media presence causing everyone to know what he is doing and how he is feeling about it.  Therefore, citizens of this country are always informed. For example: “The Tax Cut Bill is coming along very well, great support. With just a few changes, some mathematical, the middle class and job producers can get even more in actual dollars and savings and the pass through provision becomes simpler and really works well!,” Trump tweeted on Novemberr 27th, 2017.  In relation to that, he recently tweeted, “Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on taxes, tough on crime, strong on military and borders…& so much more. Look at your 401-k’s since Election. Highest Stock Market EVER! Jobs are roaring back!”  on December 4th, 2017. Read more tweets like these on Trump’s twitter.

It has been a busy year so far for President Trump. He has stirred up a lot of controversy during 2017 along with accomplishing many things. Republicans are very proud and the United States should be eager to see what will happen in the next 3 years of his presidency.

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