At the end of October, then-nominee Donald Trump released a bullet-point plan outlining what his first hundred days in office would look like. Now, about a month into the Trump presidency, many of his bombastic promises are becoming a reality. From his revised immigration ban and tax policy to the money spent protecting him and his family, here is a comprehensive rundown of Trump’s most important actions and policies to date.
From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. […] America will start winning again, winning like never before.
Perhaps Trump’s most alarming policy is his recent support of nuclear proliferation. He tweeted, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”
Trump and his family’s jet-setting lifestyle have started to take a toll on American taxpayers. For three weekends straight, Trump and his entourage have flown down to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, which has been deemed the “winter White House” by Trump. The Washington Post estimates these three trips have cost the federal treasury $10 million. To put this in perspective, Obama’s travel expenses averaged $12.1 million per year. Mar-a-Lago is situated on a narrow island facing the ocean, bringing up a host of security issues added to the fact that Trump conducts official meetings (like those with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) in broad sight of other patrons.
Moving on to Trump’s family, police officials estimate that New York City is paying $500,000 per day to protect Trump Tower, as well as Melania and Barron Trump. Trump’s other children are also racking up quite the bill. The Secret Service and U.S. Embassy reportedly paid around $100,000 in travel bills during Eric Trump’s trip to Uruguay where he was promoting Trump condos. Both Eric and Donald Jr. Trump traveled to Dubai, with bills already over $16,000, to visit the grand opening of a Trump golf resort. On top of that, the two also plan to head to Vancouver, B.C. for the opening of a Trump skyscraper.
Even discounting his family’s expenses, Trump is on track to spend more money on travel expenses in one year than Obama did during his eight years as president.
When Obama enacted protections for transgender students, allowing them to use their bathroom of choice, the transgender community was hopeful that the country was finally taking a step in their direction. However, on Feb. 22, Trump withdrew these federally mandated protections, though individual schools are still free to decide their own bathroom policy. Trump previously stated in April that transgender people should “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate.”
There is a provision within the order that requires schools to protect transgender students from bullying, interestingly purposed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who, according to The New York Times, heavily opposed Attorney General Jeff Sessions on this bill.
While Trump signed an executive order withholding federal funds from “sanctuary cities,” concrete action has not been taken as the Trump administration has struggled on the specific definition of “sanctuary city.” The 4J District refused to declare sanctuary status but did pass a resolution guaranteeing “equitable and safe schools.” Portland has declared itself a sanctuary city, and Eugene is moving forward with legislation that would prohibit public officials from enforcing federal immigration laws.
Though Trump has flip-flopped his opinion on a variety of issues, he has remained relatively constant on the topic of environmental protections. In 2012, he tweeted that climate change was a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese, so it should come as no surprise that his nomination for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, repeatedly stated that the issue of climate change was debatable and not necessarily caused by humans. In his tenure as Attorney General, Pruitt repeatedly sued the EPA, challenging regulations such as mercury controls for coal-fired power plants and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Although Trump has not yet taken concrete action on climate change, he and former head of the EPA transition team Myron Ebell have previously stated that they would like to cut the EPA budget by about $1 million, in addition to letting some employees go. Trump has also stated his intention to withdraw from the 2016 Paris Climate Accord, which set non-binding emissions caps for participating nations.
There has been no tax plan officially submitted by the Trump administration, but Trump did outline a proposal during his presidential campaign that came under fire for being too lenient to the wealthy. According to estimates from the Tax Policy Center and the Tax Foundation, the top 1 percent of households would see a far larger bump in after-tax income than other brackets. The plan also included a reduction of the business tax and the elimination of the estate tax.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has continually stated that she would attempt to repeal the Common Core standards that have drawn intense ire and support from both sides of the aisle. Trump’s 100-day plan states that his policy “redirects education dollars to give parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. […] It expands vocational and technical education, and makes 2 and 4-year college more affordable.” The main issue is that Trump has not stated where this funding will come from.