100 Days of Trump: Trump's vendetta against Obama
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    President Trump has said a lot of things about a lot of people during his first 100 days in the Oval Office. However, perhaps some of the most widely publicized, ongoing comments of his have been directed at former President Barack Obama, in what many see as a personal vendetta against not only his many accomplishments, but also his identity.

    Obama’s citizenship

    On Sept. 16, 2016 Trump uttered the ill-fated words: “President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period.” This sentence came after years of questioning from Trump’s side, and even requests for Obama to release his birth certificate, which he did in April 2011 in the White House briefing room. Spoiler alert, the certificate stated Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961.

    Wiretapping claims

    On March 4, Trump took to Twitter to post a series of tweets in which he claimed that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones during Trump's 2016 campaign … with zero evidence. Nevertheless, his accusations led to significant media coverage in the following days, with major media outlets like The New York Times reporting that FBI director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly deny Trump’s words. Unfortunately for Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the burden of dissipating Trump’s claims fell on his shoulders during press conferences across the country that week.

    Reversal of Obama-era policies

    Using a lesser-known law called the Congressional Review Act, Trump has managed to sign 13 bills that effectively erased many staples of the Obama era. From repeated attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare in its entirety to rolling back Obama’s climate change policies, Trump has followed through on some of his many campaign claimsto dismantle much of Obama’s agenda.


    Trump highly underestimated how long it would take many of his policy reversals to get through Congress – especially those related to the repeal of Obamacare. While he signed an executive order starting the rollback process within hours of his inauguration, the process could ultimately take up to two years. To elongate the process further, the GOP still hasn’t shown solid evidence of a replacement plan even three months later, amidst a lot of ‘braggadocious’ tweets on the subject.

    Environmental regulations:

    Furthermore, on March 28, Trump signed another executive order to revive the coal mining industry in the U.S., providing jobs for many miners while simultaneously eliminating Obama’s climate change efforts. This move also effectively withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Paris agreement, created at the UN's Climate Change Conference, in which foreign leaders from almost 200 countries pledged to reduce carbon emissions.


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