After Barrack Obama’s fruitful 8-year term, the most debated US Presidential election took place bringing Donald Trump to power. During his presidency, Obama took certain stepson the diplomatic front that have been well received and appreciated by the world. But Trump, as we know, has undone some of these steps, whether or not they are for the betterment of the world, is a question that remains.
Here’s a list of what he has done –
1. Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement
Known for his conflicting and controversial statements, Donald Trump stated within 100 days of taking office, that he would withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The latter was one of the most crucial agreements to combat global warming. Backing out of the Paris Agreement is a big deal not only for the United States but also for the other 175 participating countries. What’s disappointing is that this step goes against the Kyoto-Protocol, an agreement signed by 192 nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
To make matters worse, Trump even eliminated the United States Environmental Protection Agency, prestigious national agency tackling climate change. Taking such a big step backwards years after working on a strong climate change agreement may not be a very smart move.
2. Tensing the relations with Iran
Immediately after taking office, Trump signed an executive order banning nationals from 7 Muslim countries including Iran from entering the USA, and at the same time, suspending all refugee admission for 120 days. Offended, Iran retaliated by conducting a ballistic missile test. The U.S. then took the matter to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) calling it an anti-UN activity, which led to further heat between the two countries.
Recently, Trump pulled out of the Iran Nuclear deal despite heavy warnings from other countries. This time, Iran called Trump’s move anti-UN and warned of repercussions to the exit. Situations between U.S. and Iran have always been tense, complicated further by elements in the Middle East. But Obama’s continuous efforts had improved the relationship considerably with both countries proclaiming peace. This sudden turn of affairs between the countries is an indication that something is really going wrong with Trump’s decisions. We can only hope that a war-like situation does not arise.
3. Cancellation of the Cuban Thaw
After a decade-long of mistrust between America and Cuba, following the Spanish-American War, and the Cuban Revolution, President Obama had finally normalized the situation in 2014. To improve the rapport between the two nations, he lifted restrictions on Cubans travelling to the U.S., provided the latter’s banks have access to the Cuban financial system. Moreover, the U.S. also proposed the establishment of its embassy in Havana and that of Cuban embassy in Washington DC.
So much progress and all went down the gutter. When Donald Trump came to power, his decisions broke the fragile liaisons between the two countries. He canceled the Cuban Thaw, a process that initiates decisions to warm relations between U.S. and Cuba after 54 years of hostility. To make matters worse, Trump now wants to replace the Cuban Thaw with another agreement that imposes more restrictions on travel and funding for Cuban citizens.
4. Massive Overhaul On NAFTA
Trade was booming during Barack Obama’s tenure that gave importance to the two main sectors in America’s economy – agriculture and manufactured goods. Trump’s administration, however, is renegotiating the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) citing that the current deal does not yield the expected results. If statistics are to be looked at, Trump’s actions could lead to the loss of 31,000 U.S jobs that were created since the Great Recession. This will put a halt to the decade-long free trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico.
5. Ban On Immigration And Refugees
While Obama’s presidency saw the highest number of refugees entering the United States, Donald Trump has initiated a ban on immigrants from countries, a move which is also popularly seen as a ‘Muslim-ban’. A total of 46% Muslims entered the U.S. in 2016 and now placing a ban on their immigration is not actually stopping terrorism but creating aggression among these immigrants. Taking a step like this without considering its repercussion is just spilling milk over everything that was done by the ex-president to create a peace with the Middle-Eastern countries.
Trump has also rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which protects some 8,00,000 immigrants who were trafficked to the U.S. as minors. President Obama had enforced DACA in 2012 to secure the future teens who had come to the US as children with their parents. Although the policy did not grant them with citizenship, it protected them from being deported and provided them with legal work permits. Trump’s move is to take away the status of ‘Dreamers’ from such people on the pretext of the smallest of excuses such as running a traffic light.
Iran Nuclear Deal and 5 Other Things Trump Did That Takes The U.S. Back In Time was last modified: May 10th, 2018 by Aayushi Barot