EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO UNDO OBAMA LEGACY

Trump takes swift action

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump assumed power Friday (Saturday in Manila) with a fiercely nationalistic vow to put “America first,” taking a stinging swipe at the legacy of his predecessor hours after reciting the oath of office.

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IT BEGINS US President Donald Trump signs an executive order starting the process of undoing his predecessor’s signature health care scheme. AFP PHOTO

Hundreds of thousands of people stood on the rain-splattered National Mall to see the 70-year-old Republican billionaire be sworn in, and deliver a stridently populist call-to-arms.

Trump promised to lift up the nation’s disenfranchised and those who felt betrayed by the political elites, declaring with vindication that “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land,” Trump said, promising an end to business-as-usual in Washington. “From this moment on, it’s going to be only America First.”

MY WAYUS President Donald Trump sings ‘My Way’ while dancing with First Lady Melania Trump during the Liberty Ball at the Washington Convention Center on Friday (Saturday in Manila) in Washington, D.C. Above

Adhering to his vow to immediately start dismantling the healthcare reforms passed by outgoing president Barack Obama, Trump signed his first executive order in the Oval Office, targeting Obamacare.

It commands government offices to grant all possible exemptions to limit the “economic and regulatory burden” of the Affordable Care Act, as a prelude to a full repeal.

As the day’s ceremonial rituals drew to a close, Trump and his wife Melania stepped out—the first lady stunning in an off-the-shoulder ivory gown—to lead the dance at one of the string of glitzy inaugural balls being held across the capital.

The pair slow-danced in a close embrace to a version of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” before they were joined by Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, and both families’ children.

“Well, we did it,” Trump told the revelers. “We won. And today, we had a great day.”

“This was a movement. And now the work begins.”

At another ball, Trump echoed his campaign pledge to help create lots of industrial jobs in the United States.

“We will not be taken advantage of any more. We’re going to have those great companies come pouring back in,” Trump promised again.

“We are not going to let you down. Remember the theme: Make America Great Again… Greater than ever before—it will happen.”

‘Power to the people’

During his inaugural address, Trump vowed that his presidency would usher in a new political era.

“We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people,” he said.

Moments earlier, the incoming US leader had placed his left hand on a bible used by Abraham Lincoln and recited the 35-word oath spoken since George Washington.

The popular turnout was visibly smaller than for Obama’s two inaugurations, in 2009 and 2013, with sections of the mall and bleachers along the parade route left nearly empty.

Throngs of Trump’s opponents also converged on Washington.

VIOLENT REACTION Police and demonstrators clash in downtown Washington after a limo was set on fire following the inauguration of President Donald Trump. AFP PHOTO

Most of their protests—by an array of anti-racist, anti-war, feminist, LGBT, and pro-immigration groups—were peaceful, but sporadic violence marred the day.

Several hundred masked, black-clad protesters carrying anarchist flags smashed windows, lit fires and scuffled with riot police blocks from the parade held in Trump’s honor, with at least 217 people arrested for vandalism.

Even the peaceful protesters were intent on spoiling Trump’s party—letting out a deafening roar as the presidential limousine rolled past.

“Not my president! Not my president!” they yelled, as the pro-Trump crowd in nearby bleachers chanted “USA! USA!”

‘This carnage stops here’

For Trump’s critics, there was disbelief that a man who 19 months ago hosted “The Apprentice” reality TV show is now leader of the free world—sworn in with a 37 percent approval rating, the lowest on record, according to a CBS News poll.

Public interest lawyer Renee Steinhagen, 61, came from New York to join the protests.

“I’m doing this to express resistance to the change that awaits us,” she said. “This administration seems more extreme than any other. This is a simple act of resistance. It’s better than staying at home.”

Trump’s inauguration caps the improbable rise of the Manhattan real estate magnate who has never before held elected office, or served in government or the military.

Rather than appealing to a desire to bridge political divides and lift Americans’ gaze to the horizon, his first address to the nation was deeply unorthodox.

Trump painted parts of America as a dystopian hell, with mothers trapped in poverty and “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape.”

“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” he said.

It was a deliberate and striking contrast from the uplifting message of Obama, who was among the dignitaries in attendance.

Obama and his wife Michelle departed the Capitol by helicopter minutes after the swearing-in, turning a page on eight years of Democratic leadership in the White House.

Alliances

The first two Trump cabinet members were sworn in after being confirmed Friday by the US Senate. Both are retired generals: Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

For the next few weeks the White House plans a series of daily executive orders to roll back Obama’s agenda.
Trump has also vowed to re-examine long-running alliances with Europe and in Asia.

“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.”

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  1. President Obama’s legacy and approval rating indicate that he is one of the BEST American presidents in modern history. America just sank to the bottom of the toilet bowl with the unpopular electoral college sanction of trump (Hitler). trump will not serve 4 years because he will be impeached and ousted. He’s a liar, crook, and a curse on humanity worldwide. That is the reason you saw worldwide protest against this idiot.

  2. paging Agot Isidro pano ngayon yan America first muna daw. open sayo dutertes kitchen pag magutom ka kapalan mo na lang mukha mo.

  3. Hooray for USA President TRUMP!! I really am thankful to God on HIS WIN :D

    I really am in awe on Melania and Ivanka’ s Carolina Herrera Gowns + Herve Pierre :) They are Richly Done.

    God bless and Jesus Christ Cares!!

    Tiffany, Donald Jr. and the other Trump Son + Baron is also good in the January 20th Activity :)

  4. Kaya nga silang mga Pinoy-Americans ay nagmamartsa at baka makasali sila sa America First na i-deport. Sayang ang mga paghihirap nilang traydor sa bayan kung pauuwiin sila dito sa Pinas. Di na sila kailangan dito doon na lang sila. At tayo namang narito basta magsumikap lang kasi ang katamaran aya kakambal na yata ng mga Pinoy. Ang Amerika ay nagsimula rin sa wala kaya gawin din natin ang ugali nila na masipag at may disiplina para marating natin ang estado nila na mayaman tutal marami namang likas na yaman ang Pilipinas para paunlarin, hindi mahirap ang Pilipinas TAMAD LANG ANG MGA PILIPINO.

  5. John Chameleon on

    AMERICA FIRST is not aligned to the liberal honcho’s intention. So he let go his hoards of dupes to pester the Trump government. And the dorks together with the illegal aliens marched to antagonize Trump which I don’t think will succeed. The same is happening here in the Philippines. The yellow liberals don’t like the government and are doing their best to oust the duly elected Duterte, the President. Liberals are really sore losers.

  6. Make America great again! This is all Americans expected of Pres. Trump…creating jobs to the jobless….unlike in Pinas that the government only focus in killing victims of drug war. It’s sad!!!

  7. Sa mga Filipino na umaasa at nagtratrabaho sa mga call-center kailangan ay sa ngayon palang ay maghanda na maghanap ng ibang mapagkakakitaan. Kung magiging seryoso ang Trump administration sa pagpapauwi sa mga American business ay siguradong malaking dagok iyan sa BPO company na nasa Pinas.

    Kilos na!

  8. Sa lahat nang mga Pinoy tandaan po natin AMERICA FIRST di po kasama ang PILIPINAS ano po kaya magsikap tayong mga Pilipino wag napo tayung umasa kay UNCLE SAM nyo ano pooooooo.