3 of the worst things Trump has done as US president
US President Donald Trump is one of the world’s most controversial politicians, and one of the most divisive presidents in the history of the United States. Since the very first day that he announced his candidacy for the most powerful office on Earth, he has violently split opinion between those who seem him as a racist, sexist, dangerous narcissist and those who see him as a working class hero who will put America first and bring jobs back.
He has been no less divisive since being elected president - despite losing the popular vote - in 2016. While his supporters have pointed to his tax cuts and the economy, his critics have argued that his tax cuts most benefited the wealthiest and that the strong economy was largely thanks to the policies of President Obama, while pointing at a litany of damaging policies.
President Trump has done a lot of very damaging things while in office, whether it be gutting Obamacare, siding with dictators over vital allies and trading partners, such as the UK, or repealing environmental regulations. There is a huge list of bad Trump policies, which are often overshadowed by the sickening things he says and talk about “a great economy” that he inherited. Here is just a snapshot of the very worst things to come out of Trump’s two and a half years in office.
The Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the US-Mexico border is, undoubtedly, the worst thing he has done in office. Not simply because of the inhumanity of detaining those who are desperately seeking a new home, and then tearing their children away from them, but also the way that those families have been treated in detention facilities on the border.
Since the beginning of the current zero-tolerance policy on the US’ southern border, the administration has separated over 2,000 children from their families. The kids have reportedly been held in terrible conditions, including being kept in cages, being forced to sleep on the floor, being stuck in facilities with the lights on 24 hours a day. The treatment of the children has sparked international outrage, and it truly is a chilling and cruel policy.
Like the zero-tolerance approach to those crossing the US-Mexico border, the Muslim Ban is another key Trump election policy on immigration which has been enacted to widespread condemnation. The ban, however, had to adapt and evolve in order to be constitutional, and instead of the “total shutdown” on Muslim immigration proposed on the campaign trail, it instead became a ban on immigration from seven Muslim majority nations for 90 days from the order taking effect.
The same executive order also pared back the US’ refugee programme and introduced new measures on religious persecution which allow for the prioritisation of Christian refugees from the Middle East over Muslims. The policy’s introduction caused chaos and confusion, and legal challenges. A the time of writing, part of the policy is in place, affecting those with no relationship with US citizens following a Supreme Court decision.
Paris climate accord
Donald Trump is a long time climate change denier, and he previously called it a hoax created by China to make the US economy uncompetitive. Although he later claimed that was a joke, there are many more instances of him denying the existence of climate change. As president, he withdrew the US from the Paris accord on climate change which set ambitious targets for the reduction of carbon emissions, making the US one of the very few countries in the world - and the only democratic nation - not to be signed up to the accord. Given the US’ major role in producing harmful emissions, this is a decision with dangerous consequences for the world.