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posted on 11 November 2017

One Year After The US Elections


-- this post authored by Rebekka Keuss

On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected 45th president of the United States of America.

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One year in, there is at least one thing surely anyone can agree on: Donald Trump's presidency has been nothing short of exciting - for some in a positive way, for others more negatively, for some both. In any case, it is hard to stay neutral about anything this American president says and does for (or not for) the American people and it seems that nobody is capable of predicting what will happen next. While the “Grab ‘em by the pussy" incident and his remarks about French first lady Brigitte Macron were heavily criticized by both Republicans and Democrats, a variety of political hot topics he has touched upon have led to an intensified polarization within the American population.

This is also reflected in President Donald Trump’s continuous approval ratings, swinging somewhere between 45 percent and 35 percent as the figures collected by Gallup show. According to Gallup’s numbers, President Donald Trump’s approval rating had its peak at 45 percent in January 2017 when he was inaugurated. Ever since then, it has gradually but steadily fallen to its current low of 35 percent. As Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia gathers traction, a string of rebukes and counter arguments from the White House and the president himself have prompted more Americans to oppose his politics.

Before former campaign advisor George Papadopoulos recently admitted to having lied about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump caused had already caused heated discussions about a variety of issues. His immigration policies, including the travel ban for Muslims and refugees as well as the end of DACA, for instance, stirred much controversy. The greatly fluctuating White House administration added to the chaos, especially the manner in which former communications director Anthony “the Mooch" Scaramucci was asked to leave after only 10 days in office.

Let’s also not forget his remarks about North Korea at the UN General Assembly, threatening to “totally destroy" the communist country if they dared to threaten the United States. Neither can we forget about his not-so-neutral comment on the protests in Charlottesville where he claimed that there was “blame on both sides", making both right and left wing protesters responsible for the violence. It almost seems like stirring controversy is part of President Donald Trump’s political agenda and the list of past and, most likely, future issues goes on and on but for now, we will stop here in eager anticipation about what could happen next.

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