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The Difference Between the Trump and Obama Administration's Issues

The Difference Between the Trump and Obama Administration's Issues 


 With the news of Saudi Arabia's theocratic regime killing an anti-government journalist in the Saudi consulate in Turkey, President Trump's response was being waited for. Would he denounce the Saudi government for silencing a critic, or pretend as if nothing happened so they keep buying our guns. As of early December, it seems as though we have our answer. As pretty much everyone anticipated, he did nothing. This whole situation had me thinking though. Why doesn't a situation like this from the Obama presidency come to mind? Then I noticed something. A majority of the widely noticed things Obama did, usually pertained to domestic issues, rather than foreign like the majority of the issues that Donald Trump is facing.

Obama's Domestic Issues

 When you think of Barack Obama's presidency, you probably think of the deeply controversial "Affordable Care Act", also known as "Obamacare". This federal statute which was passed under Obama, worked to help people with lower incomes achieve health care. It did this by prohibiting insurers from denying someone of coverage due to pre-existing conditions.

 Another one of Obama's domestic achievements was the legalization of gay marriage across all 50 states. When the ruled in favor of it, the LGBT  community rejoiced. They felt as though they were finally being treated equally no matter who the loved. This ruling, which took place under Obama, is sure to be remembered, for the entirety of our nation's history.

Trump's Foreign Relation Issues

  So far, the Trump presidency has been packed full of foreign relations issues. These include but are not limited to, backing out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, the North Korea-United States Summit in Singapore, the redrafting and resigning of NAFTA, the Saudi Arabia incident, the trade wars with China, and the U.S backing out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

 While Donald Trump has had to deal with domestic issues like the March for Our Lives rally, and the Robert Mueller investigations, the majority of press covered events have been foreign related stories. I suspect that this is because of the way that Donald Trump ran his campaign. With slogans like "Build the wall!" and "Make America Great Again" you realize that he ran on foreign campaign promises, so when the media covers stories like the ones in the previous paragraph, they are doing it to show whether or not he is keeping up on his campaign promises.

Is there a pattern?

 I personally am beginning to notice a trend, where presidents swap between foreign and domestic issues. I imagine you could argue a case with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush too. Clinton signed NAFTA, and George Bush went to war with the Taliban in Afghanistan. 

 When a new president is elected in either 2020 or 2024, depending on whether or not Trump wins reelection, I imagine them being focused on domestic issues as holds with the current cycle. However, we can never be so sure, and we will just have to wait and see.


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