In less than a month as POTUS, Donald Trump has managed to ignite a series of political fires
Two weeks into his first term President Donald Trump’s actions in the Oval Office are painting him easily as the most recalcitrant president in U.S. history, at least over the first month.
He has ignited a slew of political fires beginning with an alarming and unprecedented phone call to Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, a clumsy intrusion into the fragile diplomacy between the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan.
The 10-minute call, which occurred before Trump’s inauguration, is believed to be the first by a U.S. president or president-elect with a Taiwanese leader since 1979 when the U.S. reopened diplomatic relations with China and severed them with Taiwan. China considers self-ruled Taiwan a breakaway province, and tensions between the Chinese and Taiwanese governments have worsened since Tsai, the leader of Taiwan’s pro-independence political party, was elected president in January.
As many have pointed out, Trump’s call could have significant long-term ramifications for U.S.-Sino relations and risk a dangerous and destabilizing escalation of the conflict between China and Taiwan.
Then Trump signed an Executive Order to unravel the Affordable Care Act, sending a shiver through millions who are dependent on it for their healthcare, many who voted for him and now are second-guessing their support.
The president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “fell out,” in advance of his inauguration over Trump’s threat to ban Muslims entry into the U.S., which derailed a planned meeting between Trump and Netanyahu in Israel. The POTUS made good on the promise to ban Muslims signing an Executive Order freezing visas for 90 days to Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia — which incited protests at multiple U.S. airports, and angst among nations globally, including major U.S. allies Great Britain, Ireland, and Canada.
Oh, there’s still more.
President Trump increased the furor with major trade partner and ally, Mexico by moving forward with his campaign promise to build a “Wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border, and declaring Mexico will pay the cost. And if that wasn’t antagonistic enough, Trump declared Mexico’s imports will be taxed, prompting Mexico to threaten retaliation of an export tax of their own on U.S. products. That amounts to war in terms of business and trade.
The controversies didn’t end there.
As to the controversy regarding the comparative inauguration crowd sizes of President Obama’s 2008 inauguration and President Trump’s 2017 event, claims by the current POTUS that the 2017 inauguration was larger than Obama’s and the “largest in history,” was effectively put to rest as patently false by Reuters News Agency.
That’s putting it nicely.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus argued with Fox News host Chris Wallace (with a little prodding by his boss, no less) that the inauguration photo shown in this video was taken before Trump arrived at the dais. Actually, in truth the photo was taken by a photojournalist from Reuters News Agency from the Washington Monument at 12:01 p.m. while Trump was delivering his inaugural address.
The president lied plain and simple.
All this and one day still remained in January at the time of this composition.