Trump’s first year grades

Alex Krukar, Co-Editor-in-Chief

It has been about one year since Trump has been elected, which has given Americans a chance to see what Trump can do, and judge for themselves if they made the right choice. It has been an eventful year in politics, and President Trump has handled most of the natural disasters, nuclear threats, mass shootings, and legislative agendas as best as he could, and even if twitter sometimes gets the best of him, there is no basis to say he has done a bad job.

For natural disaster relief, I give Trump an A+. He had to handle three of the most catastrophic storms in American history after they hit major metropolitan areas, including Western Florida and Houston he visited the sites themselves to hand out relief. He also was able to help Puerto Rico, despite the difficulty of getting resources to the island, and the obstruction of supplies by the mayor of San Juan.

In terms of handling nuclear threats, I give Trump an A-. So far he has done a great job of not cowering to Kim Jong-Un, and letting the world know that the United States is not afraid to strike if North Korea continues to threaten us. It would be nice if he didn’t call out Kin Jong over twitter so often, only because you never know if that guy will snap, but for the most part, the boldness is a good thing.

For the mass shootings, I give Trump an A. He has consoled the families, and understood when the shootings were by those who were mentally ill, or by those committing acts of terrorism, and he did not simply categorize all of them into one group. He also understands that if we create more gun laws, only law abiding citizens will follow them, and the criminals will be the only ones that have weapons.

Finally, when it comes to legislative agendas, I give Trump another A-. While he could maybe work a little harder to try to compromise with the democrats, one must realize that all establishment politicians from both parties do not want an outsider like Trump to succeed, because it would put their jobs in jeopardy if a non-career politician did well. Some of his best laws passed are the “Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017” which gives protection to those who expose the VA for their wrongdoings, and the “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients” which reversed an Obama era rule and started allowing for states to stop funding abortion clinics, where previously they were forced to.

One must remember that during all of his presidency, Trump has had to battle the media as they continue to twist things and run false stories about him, and the only way he can truly get his message out is through his twitter. In Addition to that, the job market is on the rise and the stock market is through the roof, reaching record highs, according to CNBC and CNN. Consumer confidence is also at an all-time high, and more companies are investing in American industry, such as Softbank, who pledged $50 billion. With all of this in mind, I would give President Trump an A overall for his first year in office.