President Trump biggest victories has come on border security, which was one of Trump’s top campaign priorities. Border crossings have already plummeted, suggesting that rhetoric making it clear to immigrants that they are not welcome is effective in its own right. Customs and Border Protections report that apprehensions of unauthorized people are down nearly 20 percent from the same time in 2016. (Trump continues to radically exaggerate these figures, though.) This decline has occurred despite Trump being foiled on his actual policy proposals at the border. Construction hasn’t begun on his border wall yet, and federal courts have repeatedly smacked down his Muslim travel ban.
Trump continues to boast about the economy, and in particular the booming stock market and a sinking unemployment rate, though both are the continuation of trends that started years ago, and presidents tend to have limited control over both. The administration has sought to loosen business regulations in several respects, however, attempting to peel back parts of the Dodd-Frank financial-regulation law and undermine the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.
Trump announced that transgender Americans would be barred from military service. Citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption,” Trump said that transgender people would no longer be able to serve in the military “in any capacity.”
The Trump administration’s tumultuous first months have brought a flurry of changes—both realized and anticipated—to U.S. environmental policy. Many of the actions roll back Obama-era policies that aimed to curb climate change and limit environmental pollution, while others threaten to limit federal funding for science and the environment.
The stakes are enormous. The Trump administration takes power amid the first days of meaningful international action against climate change, an issue on which political polarization still runs deep. And for the first time in years, Republicans have control of the White House and both houses of Congress—giving them an opportunity to remake the nation’s environmental laws in their image.
Over the last 20 years there has been a slow expansion of presidential prerogative at the expense of constitutionally mandated congressional authority and responsibility. The American public has come to accept the president taking “executive actions” in ways and with an aggressiveness never seen before. Over that same period of time we have seen a progressively more partisan Congress become ever more dysfunctional.
American voters elected an outsider as president, and a major reason was disgust with politics as usual. Congress is being forced to take responsibility for its constitutionally mandated duties. It is what voters have been demanding for many years, even if the manner and the messenger are not what many might have been preferred. Even if the reason for forced bi-partisanship is one you don’t like, we are seeing the possibility of working across the aisle on major legislation for the first time in decades.
We need to see the opportunities we have for bi-partisan cooperation in other issues as well, like health care, the Iran nuclear agreement, and issues of the Veteran’s Administration.
President Trump is a provocative and politically incorrect individual who successfully used those characteristics to become president. The voters of the United States of America elected him by the rules set down in the Constitution, the same rules that were in place for Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump is the president of the United States. He is not going to be ruled medically unfit for office. He is not going to be indicted. He is not going to be impeached. Like it or not, he is your president.