Trump’s Administration Faces Polarized Political Parties and Fake News

Kaylee Hill, Contributing Writer

The start of 2017 has seen quite the action. The election of Donald Trump as America’s 45th president has been met with high tensions from both political parties. Much of this tension has sparked rallies, marches, and controversies across the United States and beyond.

February 20th, President’s Day, marks President Trump’s thirty-second day in office. Throughout those thirty-two days, President Trump has been very busy. President Trump’s schedule has been filled with interviews, meetings, and much more. He has had to interview potential candidates for the job of national security adviser, as well as name a nominee for the Supreme Court Justice position. He has met various ministers to discuss on-going affairs and initiated legislation, some of which range from environmental to immigration policies.

The travel ban, one of Trump’s first executive orders signed into action, sat unfavorably with the majority of Americans. Many of them voiced their views and protests outside of airports, namely Boston’s own Logan Airport. As junior Anne Lipsett puts it, “We are a nation of people with very strong opinions. And those opinions can be on the extreme ends of political views, as we have seen with the protests. We need to take a step back and find the good and reignite the hope and patriotism that this country is built on.”

To add to Trump’s growing plate of issues, early this week, the passing of the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, at the age of 65 has only increased attention on relations between the United States and Russia. Controversial accusations have been thrust upon Trump and his administration in regard to Trump’s relationship with Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, and the resignation of the former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn.

Trump’s presidency enters a new era in the age of news. The outlets of fake news have interfered with the true news stories and facts regarding Trump’s presidency. For instance, just recently on the social media, Twitter, it was said on a fake FOX News account that President George H. W. Bush had died. Senior Sarah Smith further stated, “I think fake news is really concerning. I don’t understand why someone would intentionally lie to the public. Now that it’s becoming more and more common we all need to be more aware about what we are saying and reading on Facebook and other social media.”

Trump and his administration will have a lot to deal with the next four years, as did every president before him. The sparks of two polarized political parties and the fake news will not make Trump’s presidency easy, but the future awaits.