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Peaceful Transfer of Power: Trump Signs Multiple Executive Orders

The 44th President Barack Obama gave his last address as commander in chief of the United States on Tuesday, Jan. 10 in his hometown of Chicago assuring the people that despite a contentious election season there will be a peaceful transfer of power to Donald Trump.

“I committed to President-elect Trump that my administration would ensure the smoothest possible transition, just as President Bush did for me,” Obama said in his speech weeks ago. “Understand democracy does not require uniformity. Our founders argued, they quarreled, and eventually they compromised. They expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity. The idea that, for all our outward differences, we’re all in this together, that we rise or fall as one.”

On Friday, Jan. 20, Donald Trump was officially sworn in as the 45th president at his inauguration on the steps of the United States Capitol.

“Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent,” Trump said.

The president insisted that the American people would also experience a “transfer of power” from Washington back to them.

“The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country,” he said. “For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion on of our military; we’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own; and spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.”

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land,” he said. “From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.”

Hours after the inauguration news broke on social media that the sections on the White House website on climate change and LGBT rights had been removed.

On the same day President Trump signed several executive orders appointing controversial cabinet members, but most notably his first stab at dismantling Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The executive order addressing the ACA seeks to allow relevant agency heads to waive or defer provisions that “impose a fiscal burden on any state or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of health care services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.”

He also cut a federal mortgage program that helps low-income homebuyers with discounted fees.

According to CBS News the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) backs mortgages for homebuyers with less than perfect credit scores or who put down small down payments.

About one in five mortgages is backed by the FHA, according to reports.

The program is particularly popular with low-income and first-time homebuyers.

Top Democrat Chuck Schumer from the state of New York chastised President Trump’s action on the floor of the Senate.

“One hour after talking about helping working people and ending the cabal in Washington that hurts people, he signs a regulation that makes it more expensive for new homeowners to buy mortgages,” he said.

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com. E-mail: Swright@washingtoninformer.com Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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