Donald Trump, one year on

Donald Trump assegura que és víctima d'una campanya de ‘fake news’ per part de mitjans de comunicació de tot el món. (Spencer Platt / AFP)

One year since Donald Trump took office, the most controversial president in the history of the United States

On November, 8th 2016, the multimillionaire Donald Trump won the presidential elections in the United States. 2 months later, he would then be inaugurated becoming the country’s 45th president.

The United States is the world’s first and main economic capital and its decisions have clearly an effect on the politics of all the other countries in the world. Which is why the whole world carefully followed those elections: there was a great deal at stake and Donald Trump leaves no one indifferent.

The hard road to the White House

Donald Trump, the absolutely inexperienced candidate of the Republican Party, was facing Hillary Clinton, candidate of the Democratic Party, former senator and Secretary of State for the former president, Barack Obama.

Trump won the elections with a populist and emotional speech that successfully reached out to all voters.

The impact of the economic crisis still shows in the Unites States and an important part of its citizens believed in Trump’s promises to “make America great again”: to bring back companies, create jobs and to grow the economy.

It was surely a fierce election run-up, with constant attacks by both parties. With an aggressive and challenging style, Trump and his team attempted to discredit Clinton by all means necessary and declared war on the media.

However, Trump did not have it easy either on his side of the fence. Some members of the Republican Party considered him not the ideal candidate due to his inexperience and controversial manner.

These differences now show up at the congressional elections, when some Republican representatives refuse to back Trump’s measures.

New President, new politics

Before entering politics, Donald Trump had shown his support to both Republican and Democratic candidates. However, as a successful businessman, he was interested that policies in favour of private initiatives and companies were supported.

Now as president, Trump has clearly stated his priority: to strengthen the country’s economy, even if this means leaving aside  public services such as Education or Healthcare.

By supporting large corporations, the government achieves to create employment. However, in order to further these policies a cut-down on social welfare is needed. This is the case of Medicare or Medicaid, welfare programs that help low-income American families.

In many ways, Trump’s policies are opposed to those of the former US president Barack Obama. The new president withdrew the US from the Paris agreement, an international commitment to fight against climate change. Trump, a sworn denier, believes that global warming is a sham.

What’s more, Trump has also decided to go for a heavy-handed approach when it comes to international conflict. He has criticized the outreach towards Iran encouraged by Obama, he has taken his dialectical fight with North Korean’s leader, Kim Jong-Un even further as well as challenging the UN by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trump’s post-truth

The president’s decisions make almost as much noise as his statements. In order to justify his actions, both Trump and his team use the post-truth, a way of telling the truth that centres itself more around emotions and opinions rather than on the facts themselves.

During the rather tense press conferences held at the White House, it is the reporters who ask Trump and his speakers for explanations, but they don’t always get them.

Trump seems to have shut down and only responds to the media that actually support him, as the conservative TV channel FOX. Meanwhile, he accuses the rest of the media of going against him and making up fake news or wrong damaging information about him.

Translated by Chaplin’s Languages | Find out more in Junior Report.

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