August 21, 2018

Trump begins presidency with aim to scrap Obamacare

By Waweru Titus

US President Donald Trump has started his term with a series of policy interventions, taking aim at Obama’s healthcare policy and raising the prospect of a new US missile defence system, as per the Guardian.

Trump signed an executive order aimed at stopping Obama’s signature healthcare law, known as Obamacare.

The order notes that Trump plans to seek the “prompt repeal” of the law. Meanwhile, it permits the Health and Human Services Department and other federal agencies to delay actualizing any bit of the law that may force any monetary cost.

In a statement, the new President said he intends to develop a “state of the art” missile defense system to protect against attacks from Iran and North Korea.

The statement did not indicate whether the system would differ from those already under development, specify the cost or say how it would be financed.

The Trump White House also stripped the official website of all mention of Obama’s key policy agendas, including climate change and the civil rights history section.

The different subsections of the White House website were replaced with just six; energy, foreign policy, jobs and growth, military, law enforcement and trade deals.

In his inauguration on Friday (20/1/2017), Trump promised that he would work tirelessly for every American and vowed to put “America first.”

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families,” said Trump.

The new President defeated his close rival Hillary Clinton in November, 2016 to claim his place as America’s 45th President.

In the last months of campaigning, the controversial businessman and political novice capitalized on voters’ economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House.

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