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10 Things Donald Trump Has Done In Just 10 Days As POTUS

We have four more years to go - maybe less, maybe more.

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1. Began Dismantling the Affordable Care Act

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One of Trump's major campaign promises was that he would completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. He signed an executive order that basically seeks to minimize the burdens of Obamacare. The order requires departments to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the act" that would contribute to the nation''s economic burden.

Technically, the order is harmless, but does send a signal that POTUS is holding true to his promises of taking Obamacare away all together. He has not announced an alternative to Obamacare, which currently provides healthcare for over 20 million Americans.

2. Reinstated the "Global Gag Rule"

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Trump brought back the "Global Gag Rule", also called the "Mexico City Policy" when it was first introduced by Reagan in 1984, bans any international, nongovernmental organization from providing abortions or discussing abortion with their clients.

If foreign NGOs choose to ignore this executive order, they will lose any and all federal funding they receive from the United States.

3. Instituted a Hiring Freeze Throughout the Federal Government

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One of the first documents Trump signed was a presidential memorandum that basically stated any vacant seats still open after the order was signed were not allowed to be filled and no new positions were allowed to be created. All military personnel, public safety officials, and those with national security responsibilities are exempt.

Some argue that this move by the President was merely a symbolic one, while others suggest that he is truly looking to control the federal workforce farther down the line. Either way, we won't find out until we know just how long this hiring freeze is going to be around for.

4. Banned Immigrants From Seven Countries

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It's not called a Muslim ban, but President Trump has blocked immigrants from Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, and Sudan - all countries in the Middle East and North Africa and all countries where Islam is the major religion of the population. This executive order doesn't just apply to refugees, but to green card holders and permanent residents as well.

In response to this ban, protests broke out across airports nation wide. Late into Day 1 of the protests, a federal judge in Brooklyn granted an emergency stay against Trump's order after a lawsuit was brought forth by the American Civil Liberties Union. However, the stay is only temporary and a statement from the White House states that they will continue with the ban.

5. Withdrew from the Trans-Pacific-Partnership

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Last year, after many years of negotiation, President Obama signed the massive free-trade agreement with eleven other nations that would ultimately result in new rules for the international economy. The agreement was extremely controversial among politicians and the United States people. Before President Trump abandoned the agreement, the deal had been awaiting ratification by the U.S. Senate and the other nations involved.

There have been no announcements by the other nations involved on whether the deal would continue with the United States.

6. Signed Off on the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL Pipeline

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On Tuesday, President Trump green-lit the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL Pipeline. He signed orders that expedites all construction. This has brought on new NoDAPL protests across the nation, much like the ones we saw emerge six months ago.

Trump claims these pipelines "serve our national interest". However, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who view the DAPL as a threat to their sacred land and water, issued a statement of how untrue this claim is.

7. Ordered Lobbying Restrictions on Officials

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POTUS signed an order over the weekend that would prohibit any official from ever lobbying on behalf of a foreign government. He hopes this will keep officials from using their status for other countries and help "Make America Great Again" by focusing on the American people. Every appointee to the Executive branch must agree to the ban.

8. Started Plans for Building a Wall Along the U.S. - Mexican Border

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In attempt to fulfill another campaign promise as quickly as possible, Trump has signed an order that basically tells Homeland Security to find a way to help him build his wall as quickly as possible. Funds need to be allocated, budgets need to be put together, and Border Patrol agents need to be hired. However, despite his promises during his campaign that the American people will not pay for the wall, he now says there will be a border tax that Mexico will reimburse us for later on. Mexico stands by their claim that they will not pay for the wall.

Along with protests against the Muslim ban, people are also protesting this plan for the Mexican border wall. Their hashtag/chant is No Ban, No Wall!

9. Ordered a Media Blackout at the EPA


Staffers at the Environmental Protection Agency were banned from speaking to the press or the public indefinitely. They were also forced to remove any web content on climate change and stay far away from Twitter. There are reports that Department of Transportation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Agriculture, Interior Department, and Health and Human Services were also included in the gag order.

In a defiant move, rogue accounts on Twitter started to pop up, tweeting about science and climate change. One of these accounts was the Badlands National Park Twitter, who became an inspiration to many.

10. Gave Steven Bannon a Seat at the National Security Council Table

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In the latest of news from the White House, President Trump has shocked people by giving his chief strategist, former Breitbart chariman Steven Bannon, a position with the National Security Council (NSC). The NSC advises the President on foreign policy, and includes the Joint Chiefs of Staff. However, to include Bannon, the Joint Chiefs had to be kicked off the council. This alone caused an uproar on and off social media, but it was after realizing that Steve Bannon was also behind the "Muslim ban" that the hashtag #StopPresidentBannon was born.

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