Sunday 23 July 2017

50 days in: Trump's most controversial moments as US President, with a look at what's to come

The President brandishing a copy of the Wall Street Journal on the campaign trail Joel Page/Reuters
The President brandishing a copy of the Wall Street Journal on the campaign trail Joel Page/Reuters
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Donald Trump has been president of the United States for just a mere 50 days, but there has been no sign of the Republican man easing into his role.

From travel bans to radical healthcare reform, Trump got straight down to business and his policies have certainly got people talking.

The tweet-happy president has broke with tradition and adopted an unconventional approach to his role as one of the most powerful men in the world.

To mark his first 50 days as US President, we highlight some of his most controversial moments over the past two months - and look at what we can expect before he hits the 100 mark.

1. Accused Barack Obama of tapping his phones

Trump accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping him during the late stages of the 2016 election campaign, but offered no evidence for an allegation which an Obama spokesman said was "simply false".

Now, the White House is demanding a probe into the claims, which are unarguably controversial.

Trump lashed out at Obama in a series of tweets, calling him a "bad (or sick) guy".

Donald Trump. Photo: AP
Donald Trump. Photo: AP

Sean Spicer this week said the president had "no regrets" about his claims, even though they have so far proven unsubstantiated.

2. Admitted he's finding the job tough

Not one to admit his wrongdoings, Trump exudes confidence when it comes to defending his actions. However, since he became president, he gave himself an "A for achievement but a C for communication".

The US president told Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor that he typically works until midnight or 1am, then wakes up at 5am to eat, read newspapers and check the television.

President Trump Picture: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
President Trump Picture: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Mr Trump said that at the start of his presidency he has been surprised by "the size, the magnitude of everything" and being president can be a "surreal experience in a certain way".

3. Travel ban

Arguably the biggest talking point since he took office, people all over the world were in panic mode when news of Trump's seven country travel ban broke.

Citizens from Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen will, from March 16, be prevented from entering the US, unless they have previously been granted a visa.

Donald Trump's travel order bars new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries (Andrew Harnik/AP)
Donald Trump's travel order bars new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Iraq has since been dropped from the previous list of banned countries.

Mr Trump's first attempt to implement a travel ban, in January, was a chaotic series of announcements, wrongful detentions, protests and legal action that culminated in an appeal court ruling that it was unlawful.

4. His relations with Russia

Controversies surrounding America's relations with Russia during the presidential campaign have resulted in Trump losing two members of his team.

Michael Flynn, his national security adviser, was asked to resign after it became clear that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his transition-era conversations with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the US.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions then recused himself from any existing or future Department of Justice probes related to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign because of his failure to disclose information involving his meetings with Mr Kislyak.

5. His anti-media tweets

Accusing the media of engaging in a witch hunt against him, Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave birth to the much-used phrases of "fake news" and "alternative facts".

Following his inauguration, Trump said the media misrepresented the number of people in attendance by manipulating photographs to make it seem there was far less people there.

His team retorted with some "alternative facts" about the attendance, arguing more people attended his inauguration than Barack Obama's.

This week, he called the US media the "enemy of the people".

What's next?

At the halfway point of his first 100 days, what's on the horizon?

Trumpcare is set to replace Obamacare, despite Democrats working overtime to frustrate the legislation’s progress, they appear powerless so far to block its advancement.

Meanwhile, a top ethics lawyer said Donald Trump's conflicts of interests will become "too much to take" after they are challenged in court.

Norm Eisen said every decision Trump makes is motivated by financial gain - including the countries he included on his travel ban executive order.

As investigations into Russia's alleged interference in the US election set to rumble on, with the travel ban due to come into effect on March 16, the next 50 days are likely to be just as eventful and controversial.

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