The TV-star and businessman turned president has been president for one whole year.
Here are seven big moments from his first year in America’s top political job.
1. Transformative tax changes
The biggest success of Donald Trump’s first year in office was undoubtedly the Republicans' major tax reforms. According to CNN, in December the US House of Representatives and the Senate supported the reforms, which Donald Trump then hailed as a significant “win”. The reforms will lead to a significant drop in corporation tax, as well as income tax levels for many Americans.
2. The transpacific war of words
This past year, the US president and the North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un have traded blows across the pacific. According to the BBC, in August, Trump declared that he could inflict “fire and fury” on North Korea in a significant sign that tensions between the two nuclear powers have reached new heights.
More recently, Trump tweeted that his nuclear button was “bigger & more powerful” than Kim Jong-un’s.
Coming into office, Trump claimed he would work to repeal President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, dubbed “Obamacare”, which extended healthcare coverage to even more Americans. However, Trump’s bids to end Obamacare have been thwarted at each and every turn.
According to Politico, Republicans made two attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017, but were defeated on both occasions. This is a blow to Trump’s administration, however, the site reports that a recent tax law “included a provision getting rid of Obamacare’s mandate requiring Americans to buy insurance”.
On one hand, this is a victory for Donald Trump, but as Politico points out, the provision was just one part of the overall package. Trump can spin this as a win, but he still has a long way to go to repeal Obamacare in its entirety.
4. The travel ban
Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump signed an executive order preventing refugees entering the US from Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Iran, as reported by the BBC. Critics called the ban racist as it discriminates against Muslim-dominated countries and it resultantly stirred up much controversy. The ban was soon overturned, but the Guardian reported in December that the USA’s Supreme Court declared that the ban could take effect alongside appeals over the decision.
In an unprecedented move that rocked the world’s geopolitics, Trump announced at the tail-end of 2017 that the US would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move received widespread condemnation, with the BBC recently reporting that Palestine’s president called Trump’s recent moves for peace in the Middle East after the decision the “slap of the century”.
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