Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:51:33 +0000
A year ago, his ex-wife Ivana told us Donald Trump keeps his promises.
In both his GOP nomination acceptance speech and in his presidential inauguration speech, Trump said to the millions of Americans who had voted for him, “I will never let you down”.
And he isn’t.
Today, in his first full day of work as President of the United States of America, Donald John Trump has already fulfilled three of the promises he had made.
(1) End taxpayer funding of overseas pro-abortion groups
A day after the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Trump signed an executive order today reinstating the “Mexico City Policy” banning government funding of organizations that perform abortions overseas or lobby for legalizing them in foreign nations, such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
First enacted by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and maintained by President George H.W. Bush, the Mexico City Policy was rescinded by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The policy was reinstated by President George W. Bush, only to be reversed by Barack Obama upon entering office in 2009.
At the first official White House press conference this afternoon, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said that reinstating the Mexico City Policy illustrates to the people of the United States “and to people of the world…what a value we place on life.” He said it is consistent with Trump, who campaigned as a “pro-life president” and who “wants to stand up for all Americans including the unborn,” and ensure taxpayer funding is ”reflecting American values,” including the respect for life.
(2) Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Trump calls the TPP, Obama’s signature trade deal, a bad deal for American workers. Obama had never submitted the TPP for Congress’ approval, fearing that a defeat in Congress would be worse than leaving the deal in hibernation. Under the TPP, the U.S. and 11 other nations along the Pacific Rim, including Canada, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia, would create a free-trade zone with lower tariffs for about 40% of the world’s economy. Critics say the pact would benefit wealthy corporations at the expense of American workers and the environment.
(3) A hiring freeze in the federal work force
The hiring freeze drew immediate fire from J. David Cox Sr, the president of American Federation of Government Employees union. It is curious why Cox is on the war path since almost a third of federal works — 28% — had said they “will definitely or possibly consider leaving after Jan. 20 when Trump is sworn into office and becomes leader of the executive branch,” according to new survey conducted by Government Executive. The same survey also found that almost two-thirds of federal employees had voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Aides also signaled that President Trump may move quickly on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which critics blame for lost jobs and lower wages. Trump has scheduled meetings with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, the two main partners in NAFTA, which was first negotiated by George H.W. Bush and pushed through Congress by Bill Clinton.