Trump’s Transition Overview

It is reasonable to say that a decent portion of 2016 has been very political for many of us, thanks to this year’s election. The impacts of this historic election are just beginning to become clear as the inauguration of Donald Trump edges closer and closer. Trump, with his transition team, is constructing his cabinet and getting ready for his powerful job in this rapidly shortening time period.

CNN reports some of his cabinet choices so far include Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Representative Mike Pompeo for CIA Director, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for Ambassador to the United Nations, Republican donor and school choice activist Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary, and retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn for his National Security Adviser in the White House.

Trump has faced controversies for some of his cabinet choices. At the same time, he has seemed to distanced himself from some of his campaign promises. For example, Chicago Tribune reports that Trump may not prosecute Hillary Clinton and that he might be backing away from his vows on climate change.

Sophomore Andrew Borges believes the “transition is fairly messy since Trump’s son-in-law got rid of any people related to Chris Christie and lobbyists basically run the transition team.”

10th grader Kevin McKenna believes that the transition team “will probably be better and will make Trump’s transition effective eventually.”

Another 10th grader, who wants to be anonymous, says the perceived turbulence in the transition is aided by the fact that “the transition is going from democratic to republican.” Many people are divided in this country after a historic election and the
transition of power seems to be rocky.

According to CNN, Trump may bypass the United States Congress by issuing executive orders during his first 100 days in office. His agenda also includes withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), canceling environmental restrictions, cutting regulation on businesses, guarding against cyber attacks, and dealing with other issues.

The president-elect has abundant work to do in the coming weeks leading up to his inauguration on January 20, 2017. The upcoming administration will have to deal with serious issues including terrorism and climate change.