It isn’t a secret that the current President of the United States, Donald Trump, is clearly not the worlds biggest fan of his predecessor, Barrack Obama. Although tensions with the former President appeared to ease as the gift of executive power was being transferred from the outgoing leader to the new, it became apparent that the overall agenda for President Trump over the course of his presidency was straight forward: eliminate as many Barrack Obama era policies, rules, and regulations as possible.
Mr. Trump, well before his decision to run for the Oval Office, vocalized his distaste of Mr. Obama and his leadership in various public manners. Donald Trump was a large advocate of the “Birther Movement” which accused Mr. Obama of not being a natural born citizen of the United States. Mr. Trump publicly claimed he had a reliable source who advised him that the then President had a Hawaiian birth certificate that was fraudulent. In an August 2016 interview with Fox News, Mr. Trump stated that Mr. Obama was “…the worst president maybe in the history of our country,” as well as stating later in the month that he believed “He’s the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder. He founded ISIS,” at a campaign rally.
Despite his previous statements, it appeared that after Mr. Trump was named President Elect of the United States, he had let go of any hard feelings. After the two Presidents spent time together at the White House, transitioning their roles, Mr. Trump had positive things to say about Mr.Obama after their first time meeting in a 90 minute session. After the meeting, President Trump, according to Time magazine, stated “I never met him before this, and I never spoke to him before this,”. Mr. Trump said “I really, I do like him. I love getting his ideas.” which was followed by “We have really good chemistry together. We talk. He loves the country. He wants to do right by the country and for the country.
However, just as America thought the newly named President had buried the hatchet between himself and Mr. Obama, Mr.Trump reignited the flame again early on in his Presidency, with the intention to burn him with it, over and over again throughout the course of his first year in office. The reversal of Obama era policies started soon after Mr. Trump claimed via Twitter, without supporting evidence, that Barrack Obama had wire tapped Trump Tower just before the elections.
Reported by The Washington Post, President Trump has rolled back 109 rules, has tried to remove 22 rules but failed, and currently has 36 more roll backs in the works. Reported in the same article, The Washington Post broke down how many rules and regulations that the Trump Administration tried or successfully overturned in 8 different policy categories:
- Environmental Policies: 62
- Labor and Finance: 26
- Healthcare: 16
- Civil Rights: 16
- Worker and Consumer Safety: 15
- Government Reform: 13
- Immigration: 12
- Education: 7
Donald Trump, although focusing on rolling back rules in multiple different categories as shown above, has focused heavily on rolling back rules and regulations as it relates to the environment, healthcare, and immigration as they were staple promises he made during his campaign.To name a few of the most recent rollbacks outlined in the article:
- Provisional Residency Protection for Haitians is to end in 18 months, forcing around 60,000 to leave or face deportation
- Provisional Residency Protection for Nicaraguans is to end in 14 months, forcing 2,500 to leave or fave deportation
- Annual allowance of refugees to be accepted into the United States is to be reduced from 110,000 to 45,000
- Clean Power Plan created to reduce Greenhouse gas emission has been signed to be repealed in order to flourish the failing Coal industry
- The United States has pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, leaving the country to be the only to not participate in the movement to combat global warming
- Federal Mandate requiring employers to provide free birth control coverage can be waived for moral and religious objections
Donald Trump, not having passed any major legislation in his first year of his presidency, has accomplished 109 roll backs from his predecessor which has not gone unnoticed by reporting outlets and the American nation. It is anticipated that President Trump will continue to focus on erasing Obama era policies through the second year of his presidency, however the first year is not over. The Trump Administration is currently in the midst of passing a Tax Reform which includes a repeal of the Affordable Care Acts individual mandate requiring all Americans to have health insurance in order to avoid an monetary penalty. Mr. Trump and his team are also working to roll back Net Neutrality regulations placed on the FCC, allowing internet providers more power to regulate what their customers have access to and how much they have to pay for it.