Donald Trump: A New Era

By:  Abbey Riley

As we say goodbye to eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, we say hello to Donald Trump. Born in Queens, New York in 1946, Donald John Trump is one of five children born to Frederick C. and Mary Macleod Trump. Donald Trump was sent to the New York Military Academy when he was thirteen years old due to an energetic and commanding personality. He succeeded in school and earned a degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. From here, he followed in his father’s footsteps to become a real estate developer. When Trump was twenty-five years old, his father left the family business to him, which he renamed the Trump Organization. The first notable business deal Trump made was turning the Pennsylvania Central Railroad into a convention center. His businesses have risen and fallen from extreme wealth to bankruptcy, and though many of his businesses have gone under, Forbes estimates Trump to be worth $3.7 billion dollars.

Though Donald Trump had once told the public he was too busy to run for The White House, the celebrity and real estate developer was elected the 45th President of the United States on November 8, 2016. Perhaps, his historic win was due to his promise to “Make America Great Again,” which appealed to those who felt the American government needed change. Some of the changes the new President wants to make in the first 100 days of his presidency include repealing and replacing Obamacare, regulating immigration, creating jobs in America, and decreasing the amount of terrorism around the world. Trump has been vague on the way his administration plans to go about the changes the Republican party would like to see. However, on Friday, January 20, hours after his inauguration, Donald Trump signed an executive order that started the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. On Monday, January 23, two Republican senators revealed their replacement for universal healthcare. As the days continue, the American public will be provided with more specifics on Donald Trump and the way he plans to implement his changes to the American way of life.

The election of Donald Trump has split the country into two diverse groups:  those who despise him and those who love him. On Saturday, January 21, a Women’s March filled the streets of cities across the world, specifically in Washington D.C. Many women and celebrities–including Michael Moore, Ashley Judd, and Madonna–attended the march, protesting the President and empowering women throughout the world to take a stand. Much to the surprise of many, there have been some important developments concerning the economy since the election. The stock market has skyrocketed and reached some impressive new records. Small businesses are now encouraged to hire and expand due to the support of Trump. Several companies have made deals with Trump and his administration to keep jobs in the United States. For example, the company, Carrier, has promised to keep approximately 1,000 jobs in Indiana. The CEO for Softbank, who controls Sprint Corp., Masayoshi Son, has made a deal with President Trump to invest $50 billion dollars in the U.S. and create about 50,000 jobs. A new era has begun, and there is no doubt the United States will undergo drastic changes.



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