Donald Trump is a former president of the United States, who served from 2017 to 2021.
He was the first president to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives, but acquitted by the Senate both times. He also faced several lawsuits, investigations, and scandals during his presidency.
He lost his re-election bid to Joe Biden in 2020, but refused to concede and claimed that the election was rigged.
He was banned from several social media platforms after he incited a violent mob to storm the Capitol on January 6, 20212.
Donald Trump policies:
- Trade: He pursued a protectionist and nationalist agenda, imposing tariffs on imports from China, Mexico, Canada, and other countries. He also renegotiated or withdrew from several trade agreements, such as NAFTA, TPP, and the Iran nuclear deal. He claimed that his policies would bring back jobs and manufacturing to the US, reduce the trade deficit, and protect national security.
- Immigration: He adopted a hard-line stance on immigration, restricting legal and illegal immigration from certain countries, especially those with Muslim-majority populations. He also sought to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, end the DACA program for young immigrants, and reduce refugee admissions. He argued that his policies would protect American workers, culture, and security.
- Health care: He attempted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), but failed to do so in Congress. He instead used executive actions to undermine the law, such as cutting off subsidies for low-income enrollees, expanding short-term and association health plans, and allowing states to impose work requirements for Medicaid. He also withdrew the US from the World Health Organization amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that his policies would lower health care costs, increase choice, and promote innovation.
- Environment: He rolled back many environmental regulations and policies that he deemed burdensome for businesses and energy production. He also withdrew the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change, opened up public lands and waters for drilling and mining, and weakened fuel efficiency and emission standards for vehicles. He claimed that his policies would boost the economy, create jobs, and ensure energy independence.
- Foreign policy: He adopted an isolationist and unilateral approach to foreign affairs, prioritizing America’s interests over global cooperation. He also challenged traditional allies such as NATO and the EU, while embracing authoritarian leaders such as Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin. He pursued a “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, brokered peace deals between Israel and some Arab states, and escalated tensions with China over trade, technology, and human rights. He said that his policies would make America stronger, safer, and more respected.
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