President Trump’s first 10 days: 5 shocking decisions that rocked the world

January 31, 2017 12:00 pm

Demonstrator with tears of joy upon hearing about the release of Mehdi Radgoudarzi who had been detained for five hours at San Francisco International Airport as a result of new immigration policies in San Francisco, California, U.S., January 28, 2017. REUTERS/Kate Munsch

It’s been just ten days since Donald John Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States. The last months of 2016 were filled with speculation and trepidation about what he might do once he took office.

Now, just ten days in, the new President has already made several moves that have caused shock, consternation and outrage.

Here’s the top five:

Immigration and refugee ban

Acting on one of his major election promises, President Trump on January 28 ordered a ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

This controversial move, which stranded thousands of people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, invited criticism from across the world.

The sudden, unexpected ban left Middle Eastern airlines and airports in a limbo. (READ MORE: Trump’s travel ban: Middle East airlines, airports make adjustments)

 

“War with the media”

A day after taking the office on January 20, the Trump administration let loose on the media. In the very first statement from White House under new president, Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer slammed news media for “false reporting” on the crowd size at the inauguration.

The President has said he is “running a war” with journalists and called them “among the most dishonest human beings on earth.”

Demonstrations in the US and in various parts of the world by hundreds of thousands of protestors, who are opposed to the Republican’s policies, followed his swearing-in ceremony.

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TPP withdrawal

On his fourth day as President, Trump signed a presidential memorandum confirming his country’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement. Although the agreement, championed by former leader Barack Obama, was never approved in the Congress, its withdrawal by points to the direction of Trump’s policies in regards to future international trade deals.

Sacking the acting Attorney-General

Trump fired the acting Attorney-General of the USA, who had asked government lawyers to stop defending the president’s executive order on the travel ban.

Sally Yates, who had been appointed under Barack Obama, was sacked on Monday as she questioned the legality of the curbs. Many in the US fear that the latest step signals Trump’s intention to suppress dissent.

 

Mexico wall

His promise to build a wall along the Mexican border was one of the most controversial ingredients in Trump’s presidential election campaign speeches.

Once he was in office, though, he kept his word. He has signed an executive order to build an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall” at a cost of $10 billion.

Watch this space for more updates.

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