On Friday, January 20th, many people cringed as Donald Trump officially became the 45th president of the United States of America. It was a moment that some Americans have been dreading since the election results were announced in November. And it’s not just Americans who have been paying attention to Donald Trump–the whole world is watching his actions carefully and closely.
There is no doubt that Trump and his administration will be under scrutiny over the course of the next four years. In the short time since he took the oath of office, he and the Republican leadership have already made some questionable decisions.
1. Donald Trump’s inauguration speech
His inaugural address did not sound very different from the stump speeches he gave on the campaign trail. For an inauguration speech, it had an extremely dark and negative tone. He discussed crime and “American carnage,” but failed to deliver a hopeful and unifying message. Some of his words even echoed the Batman villain, Bane.
— Batman-News.com (@BatmanNewsCom) January 20, 2017
2. There’s no longer a climate change or LGBT page on the White House website
While Barack Obama was president, there was extensive information regarding his policies on climate change. When Trump officially became president, the White House page was updated. The page on climate change is now gone. And if you type “LGBT” into the search bar, nothing shows up.
The new White House website has a full run down of all the magazines our First Lady has appeared on but the LGBT page has been taken down.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) January 20, 2017
3. Trump lied about the size of his inauguration crowd
Though the exact numbers are not known, the estimated crowd size at his inauguration was 250,000 people. During a speech at the CIA headquarters in Virginia, Trump called out the media for what he considered to be inaccurate reporting of the number of people who attended his inauguration.
“It looked like a million, a million-and-a-half people. They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there,” he said. “We had 250,000 literally around, you know, in the little bowl that we constructed. That was 250,000. The rest of the, you know, 20-block area all the way back to the Washington Monument was packed.”
4. Then Trump’s press secretary lied about the inauguration crowd size
During his first press conference, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer criticized the media’s reporting of crowd sizes at Trump’s inauguration. The White House even set up crowd size pictures on televisions in the press briefing room to try to defend their claim.
WH has set up crowd size pics in briefing room pic.twitter.com/gIDIuhdcdD
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 21, 2017
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period — both in person and around the globe,” Spicer said.
But photos from Obama’s inauguration in 2009 prove otherwise. An estimated 1.8 million people attended Obama’s inauguration, clearly exceeding the numbers at Trump’s inauguration.
— NYT Graphics (@nytgraphics) January 20, 2017
5. Trump signed an executive order that could gut the Affordable Care Act
Just hours after taking the oath of office, Trump was in the Oval Office signing an executive order on Obamacare. The order is allowing agencies to interpret regulations as loosely as possible in order to lower the financial burden on individuals, insurers, health care providers and others, according to CNN.
6. Trump changed the Oval Office curtains to gold
Trump gold curtains come to the Oval pic.twitter.com/o7HQwtHoIk
— Steve Schale (@steveschale) January 21, 2017
During the Obama administration, the curtains in the Oval Office were burgundy. But now, Trump is president so of course he chose gold curtains. To be honest, the curtains look pretty gaudy especially next to the beige striped walls inside the Oval Office. Perhaps gold toilets will be coming to the White House next?