OPINION – The year of 2018 may have been a revealing one for President of the United States Donald Trump. It revealed just how little he cares about his words, actions, American’s lives and his own reputation.
The year started off with a government shut down on the 20th, just one of more to come. This month also revealed more of Trump’s racist beliefs, as he was quoted “demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than from places like Norway”. Trump has never been shy on his stances on immigration; as he has been attempting to build a wall between South America and the United States, and keeps newly emigrated children in detainment centers where they face starvation, dehydration, assault and sometimes death. The headlines that have come out from Trump’s stance on immigration alone expose how little Trump thinks of those who are seeking shelter and help.
The devastating Parkland shooting occurred this month, which killed 17 people. The way Trump reacted to the shooting was criticized, as many stated the president was treating it like a sports game. The tweet he sent out read: “School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!”
Trump defied suggestions and oppositions from overseas and signed new orders to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum. The reason they were so opposed was because of what it could mean for U.S. relations: “Every foreign company that sends steel and aluminum to the United States, including Canadian firms, would be forced to pay a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum.”.
Trump made a stance on foreign affairs this month. Britain, France and the United States launched airstrikes on Syria based on suspected chemical weapons attack. The attack lead to many reactions; from Syria denying there were chemical weapons to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin stating it was an of aggression and Syria’s President Bashar Assad stating “airstrikes will “not be left without consequences.””
Trump once again made a decision that affected another country. The American Embassy in Israel moved to Jerusalem which coincided with same day protests in Gaza. The dispute between Israel and Palestine has existed since 1948 when the Jewish State of Israel was created after the genocide on the Jewish people that occurred during World War II. Moving the American Embassy gives the statement that America stands with Israel in the war going on now, which could isolate America in years to come.
Feeling pressure over the separation policy he implemented, Trump signed an executive order ending family separation of immigrants. Although his stance on keeping anyone who is not white out of America has not changed.
Trump made a stance on sexual assault and sexual assault survivors. Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court after being on trial for sexual assault allegations during this month. Trump supported the judge though: “He’s going to go down as a totally brilliant Supreme Court justice for many years,”. Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford faced off in court. Blasey delivered emotional testimony and Kavanaugh delivered outrage to the cameras as the trial was aired live. The trial divided a nation of those who support Blasey and sexual assault survivors and those who supported Kavanaugh and Trump’s administration.
The unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent. It was one of the positive things of the month, and did not outweigh the negative. Mail bombs were sent out to those who had publicly criticized Trump, including former president Barack Obama, former vice president Joe Biden and celebrity Robert De Niro. Columnist for the Washington Post Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. And 11 people were killed in the shooting at synagogue in Pittsburgh by Robert D. Bowers, who shouted anti-Semitic slurs while open firing.
The nation faced wildfires in California, as they became the deadliest in U.S. History. Trump of course had a reaction to this serious threat to Americans’ lives. Instead of offering help or condolences for those affected by the fires, he instead blamed them on poor forest management, which is completely incorrect. There were more fumbles for Trump later in the month, as Mr. Cohen plead guilty to lying to congress and said there was more to Trump’s involvement with Russia. Trump had once been attempting to build a skyscraper in Moscow: Trump’s earlier defense of Putin and Russia had and why they may have colluded in tampering of the presidential election of 2016.
Trump pulled troops out of Syria, which many opposed. The decision “plunges the administration’s Middle East strategy into disarray, rattling allies like Britain and Israel and forsaking Syria’s ethnic Kurds, who have been faithful partners in fighting the Islamic State.” The day after that, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned, just one of many to do so in 2018 and in Trump’s presidential term in general.
Overall, President Trump has proved in 2018 that he will not listen to those around him, and will not keep his fingers off the phone keyboard. He has made it known that he takes mass shootings very lightly, does not care about the endangered; American or not, does not care about America’s ties with other nations, and simply does not know what it means to be President. Looking forward to 2019, this could be disastrous. It could mean the denial of Americans’ lives, and the destruction of the state of America as a country.
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