President Donald Trump giving his first SOTU speech. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)
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Opinion: President Trump exceeds expectations in his first year

Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America on Jan. 20, 2017. Predictions for this Trump presidency were grim by most of the political elite in Washington, with many predicting an economic depression and chaos in the world from Trump’s policies.

After one year, the political elites couldn’t have been more wrong. In President Trump’s first year, the economy is booming under record levels. The stock market, which started at 20,000 at the start of the Trump presidency, has ballooned over 6,000 points since then and has broken record after record.

Unemployment numbers have fallen to 4.1 percent, a number that has not been seen in 20 years. Unemployment in regards to minorities has also been way down, with statistics from the Bureau of Labor confirming that African-American unemployment has now dropped to the record low of 6.8 percent, a historic achievement.

These economic changes have been mainly because of two factors. First, the President used his constitutional powers to rollback hundreds of Obama-era regulations that have been stagnating the American economy.

Second, the GOP tax plan was passed by Congress, which easily made it the biggest tax reform law in a generation.

The cuts to America’s corporation tax helped benefit American companies immensely, with many giving thousands of dollars to their workers in the form of bonuses, such as Charles Schwab giving over $1,000 to 9,000 non-executive employees.

These incentives also motivated corporations to start moving back jobs and money to America, with the New York Times confirming that Apple will be moving back billions of dollars to the United States. In terms of America’s GDP for 2017 which will be released later this month, it is projected to crack the three percent growth barrier for the first time in 15 years. Economically, that will be the finishing touches to an almost perfect handling of the economy by President Trump.

However, the president has had some low lights in regards to his domestic agenda, most notably his failure to end the Affordable Care Act and his poor handling of national crises such as the Las Vegas shooting, the Puerto Rico hurricane and the Charlottesville KKK protests. However, this is to be expected in a president who has never before held political office, and hopefully the president learns from his domestic mistakes this year.

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However, the president has had successes with his foreign policy agenda, through his experienced team of national security advisors—including people like General Herbert Raymond McMaster, James Mattis, John Kelly, and others—who have managed to completely crush ISIS in Iraq and have driven them to the brink in Syria. North Korea, America’s principal adversary at the moment, has been dealt crushing sanctions by the U.N. that were pushed heavily by President Trump and his U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley.

The president also did not back down to North Korea, unlike some of his predecessors. His warnings of “fire and fury” if North Korea dared touched the United States have surely made an impact, as North Korean diplomats met for negotiations earlier this January with their South Korean counterparts.

America is also now more respected in the world, with countries now knowing that they cannot conduct wishy-washy business with this president on things such as trade deals, as they have done with his predecessor.

The president has broken every expectation in regards to his first year. The dire predictions of the end of the free press and impeachment of the president have been proven as nothing more than fear mongering. If the president continues on this path and manages to pass a fair immigration bill over the next few months and continue the strong economy, there is no doubt he will be reelected in 2020.


  • Reply rbullock725 February 13, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    A very fair assessment of the President’s first year. Glad someone shared this with HS Insider. Props for that!!

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  • Reply Richard Coca February 20, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    The President of the United States may have exceeded your expectations but I truly doubt that we’re more respected in the world as a result of the President’s policies. In France, for instance, many were disappointed by our withdrawal from the Paris Accords. In Canada, leaders from both of their parties regretted our decision as well and many of the African countries that the President offended with his language surely must have a lower perception of the United States. In the United Kingdom, Theresa May’s governing coalition has been respectful to the US but the Labour Party has also expressed disappointment at decisions made by this administration.

    I, however, have felt personally let down by this administration’s coarse approach to many of the issues our country faces. The Trump travel ban, also known to the courts as the Muslim ban, has been blocked by many of the appeals courts. While the Supreme Court previously allowed complete enforcement of the Muslim Ban 3.0, it did not limit the options of the lower courts in ruling on the travel ban’s constitutionality or legality, which is what the courts have just done AGAIN. It gives me hope that Executive Order 13769 will not turn out as Executive Order 9066 did.
    The President also handled Las Vegas shooting poorly by failing to rally support in Congress for stricter gun control. Let’s pray that this does not happen again with Florida. The disaster aid bill for Puerto Rico is also a poor deal for the island. Charlottesville was also another failure on part of the president and the Rob Porter scandal is growing. But, to be fair, we found out about the Rob Porter scandal fairly recent, unlike the White House.

    Also, Russia 100% meddled in our election and even the President has admitted to the fact (while denying collusion.)

    The Tax Cuts and Job Act also worries me as some of its key components will hurt me and my family in the future. It also offers tax cuts at the expense of the people’s government, increasing the deficit by more than $1 trillion. Just as Reagan before, POTUS’ policies are likely to increase income inequality and will likely bring us into a recession later down the road as Bush’s tax cuts helped catalyze the Great Recession.
    Anyways, as much I’d love to go on (not!), I’m going to stop sulking and resume my contribution to our changing society by working to bring the voices of others who have been left out of the picture far too long. I love this country and I know it’s history. IMO, the current state of divisiveness is not who we are. maybe my contribution can be as small as hoping and maybe then, as a country together, we’ll exceed each other’s expectations.

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