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Donald Trump Changes America (2017 - 2021), Running it Like a Business

Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.


Donald Trump is the most unusual president in American history and among the most provocative and controversial. We can't keep our eyes off him. His presence dominates the public discourse. His tweets become breaking news filling the 24/7 news cycle. He bluffs, blusters and baffles his opponents.

— Alan Dershowitz, 2017

President Trump Timeline and Comments

We hear about political slippery slopes, but the longer slope between presidents became noticeably slicker during the 1960 campaign.

Much of America feared John F. Kennedy because he was Irish Catholic and Democrat. Many hated him as much as they did blacks, women, LGBTQ, Russians, Jews, Native Americans, Asians, the whole Eastern Hemisphere, and everything south of Texas. Hate was overwhelming, manifested in violence like lynchings, child shootings in churches, race riots, and the presidential assassination.

The same type of hatred met President Barrack Obama and his family. However, Obama began his first term with a comment on the White House front page that denigrated his predecessor. It was unnecessary.

During the early Trump years, we suffered increasing numbers of school shootings, border violence, vulgarity in government social media, and protests before, during and after Inauguration 2017. Much of the GOP and Democrats seemed to hate each other, each casting the other as evil. Allegations of many crimes hit the administration and the Trump Foundation.

Donald Trump moved to eradicate every act, law, and executive order that Obama enacted and created a furor like a nuclear mushroom cloud. America First was his goal and he was changing the country; but would it be to the good?

The first year and a half were jaw-dropping.

Campaign 2016, Election and Interim to January 20, 2018

In the run-up to the Republican National Convention in 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich and Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan refused to endorse or accept a nomination for Donald Trump. Governor Kasich went elsewhere and avoided the convention, but Speaker Ryan relented.

January 20, 2018: Protestors gathered around the streets near the site of the Presidential Inauguration. Some protestors became less than civil and were arrested.

First Year: 2017 Overview

The first year of Donald Trump's administration was largely spent issuing Executive Orders to undo all the legislation achieved during the Obama Administration, Banning immigrants and visitors from majority-Muslim nations, and tweeting insults.

Stock markets rose and fell, but ended with an upsurge that lasted well into 2018 per CNN Money. Jobs increased, at least according to Mr. Trump's Tweets and the White House website.

The president planned to re-institute tariffs to bolster American steel, aluminum, automobile, and agricultural revenues. He also demanded a full-length border wall along the US-Mexico border to solve immigration problems.

Trump's America First and Made in America/Make America Great Again movements meant pulling out of several international partnerships:

The North American Free Trade Agreement is the worst trade deal the U.S. has ever signed...T Trans-Pacific Partnership is the death blow for American manufacturing.

— Donald Trump, September 27, 2016

Since Jan. 2017, it has announced its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, left the U.N. educational and cultural organization and pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.

— Mathew Lee and Josh Lederman; Associated Press, 6/19/2018

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Second Year: 2018 Highlights

Political and legal upheaval snowballed around the president as cabinet and other White House staff were quickly fired in rotation of constant staff replacements, the #MeToo movement gathered allegations of sexual misconduct against the president, legislators in both houses and congress, and others. Allegations of financial malfeasance and treason were amassed against the presidential family and other federal staff members. Insulting tweets increased in number and intensity.

April 9. Trump's attorney Michael Cohen was placed under federal criminal investigation by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, with allegations of bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance law infractions.

May 14. The American Embassy to Israel opened in Jerusalem, having moved from Tel Aviv.

June 1. The Trump administration imposed a 25% tariff on imports of steel, and a 10% tariff on aluminum, on the European Union, Canada, and Mexico.


June 8 - 9. President Donald Trump stunned world leaders at the G7 meeting when he said he would ship 25 million Mexicans to Japan to ensure that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would lose his next election. The President called Canada's Justin Trudeau dishonest and weak on Twitter, because Trudeau planned to fight new US tariffs against Canadian goods.

June 12. The Trump-Kim Summit Meeting. Trump eliminated annual US-South Korean military exercises without notifying anyone in his administration, including the US military. All learned about it in his TV broadcast. North Korea's Kim agreed to denuclearize, but the timeline was unclear

June 14. The World FIFA Cup Tournament began in Russia amid rumors of fixed games and collusion.

June 15. Trump planned new large tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods and on more Canadian products.


June 15. Legislation was introduced in the Michigan government to change the voting age to 16, suggested by State Senator David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights. Teenagers across the nation had decried the increasing number of American school shootings and the recent incarceration of Mexican children of all ages. They wanted to vote to change these problems.

June 18. The president announced that America would form a US Space Force, equal but separate from the USAF. As members of the Active Air Force's Civil Air Patrol, many of my colleagues and I across the USA were nonplussed. In addition, the president seemed not to know that a space force coalition between America and Japan for purposes of cleaning up space junk and likely patrolling space is already in existence.

I am instructing my administration to embrace the budding commercial space industry. We are modernizing out-of-date space regulations. They’re way out of date. They haven’t been changed in many, many years. And today we’re taking one more step to unleash the power of American ingenuity.

— President Trump, June 18, 2018; on creating outer space businesses

June 18. In the American South, the Richmond, Virginia School District named a school after former President Barack Obama. In fact, the J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, named after a Confederate general, was renamed Barack Obama Elementary School. A recent movement to remove Confederate monuments and namesakes became stronger beginning in 2016.


June 19. The president's representative Nikki Haley announced that the USA would leave the United Nations Human Rights Council. The announcement came after many days of complains by citizens, news reporters, and first Ladies Rosalyn Carter, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama about new American human rights violations (against children) that match the worst of Trump partner North Korea's and new opponent China's; and the president's demand that the U.N. expunge alleged human rights abuses made against Israel toward Palestinians:

  • The 2018 separation and incarceration of Mexican breastfeeding babies, toddlers, children, and teens from parents at the Texas border caused much criticism of Donald Trump, whose policy such separation was. It was not a law, only his policy.
  • Representative Will Hurd (Republican from Texas), whose constituency is located on the border, blasted the separation of Mexican children and parents, as did 75 former State Attorneys General, per CNN.

At least during my (WWII) internment, when I was just 5 years old, I was not taken from my parents.

— George Takei

Haley threatened the [U.N.] pull-out last year, citing longstanding U.S. complaints that the 47-member council is biased against Israel. But the announcement will also come just a day after the U.N. human rights chief denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents.

— Mathew Lee and Josh Lederman; Associated Press, 6/19/2018

Changing the World

In his first 1.5 years in office, President Donald Trump already changed America and thereby, the world. He had been a successful salesman prior to his residency in the White House, and upon election, became a different type of successful salesman -- one who took control of the country and made his own decisions for it, announcing most of them in Tweets.

Whether much of his work would ultimately help the nation and the world or not would only be seen in the future.


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  • Novak, M. America's 'Detention Centers' Added to Wikipedia List of Concentration Camps. Retrieved 6/19/2018.
  • Dershowitz, A. Trumped Up: How Criminalization of Political Differences Endangers Democracy. August 2017.

© 2018 Patty Inglish MS


Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 19, 2020:

@Jo Miller -- This future is much worse than I had expected.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on May 19, 2020:

"Whether much of his work would ultimately help the nation and the world or not would only be seen in the future."

Is this the future you were talking about?

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 26, 2020:

Hi Rachelle--I must say that many agree with you.

Rachelle Williams from Tempe, AZ on January 26, 2020:

...and now, he's running the country like a total lunatic with no kill switch; this maniac will be the destruction of is all.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 31, 2019:

@Randy - Much of it really is tiresome, I agree.

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on July 31, 2019:

I miss the scandal free days when only the bad news was highlighted, and it seemed we had more good news then as well. Trump's reign is rather tiresome...

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 31, 2019:

Angel - Many people agree with you. Running a country like a business - perhaps a cuthroat business - does not seem to be a good idea.

Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on July 31, 2019:

I miss Obama. This man has done so much damage

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 12, 2019:

@Dennis - Thank you for your substantial comments that provide a lot of insight.

I don't know what to do about governments today, other than to research candidates thoroughly for upcoming elections and to encourage people to register and vote. What candidates can we really trust to do good works in office in the future? I'm not sure.

Many governments are nightmares to me. Each day brings a new unfathomable decision or action by some leader out there. It feels like an absurdist jail sentence until a new election can be accomplished.

Dennis Thorgesen from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S. on June 12, 2019:

As an independent thinker and voter I am anti stupidity Sadly that is what I am seeing from every politician on both sides of the fence and even those of the other minor parties.

There are certain parts of the government that should be run as a business. Not the cut-throat kind.

At this point I am thoroughly against a one world government. It is already being proven that national boundaries are better for the people of countries.

I am not sure how to get rid of the graft and corruption in most of the worlds governments. This is something that should be done.

You did a very good job showing both the good and bad side of this presidents first few years in office.

One thing I have found is although his view on taxes helped the very rich, it also helped small and medium size business owners. Since they are the bread and butter of every country I see this as a good thing.

As for the government charging to re-unite children with relatives. My belief is this is not something the government should be paying for. The children are not at fault here, their parents are, and they should foot the bill.

When a friend of mine's son broke the law the parents had to pay for the damages done. Why then should tax payers pay for the damage the parents have done. Had the parents come to this country legally, they would not have been separated from their children.

When my son was young, I had two options. I could either go pick him up at my expense, or pay to have him accompanied. I found it less expensive to have someone accompany him. Parents and relatives of illegal aliens should be given the same options.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on November 15, 2018:

This is the most refreshing article I have read in a long time. It is unbiased and filled with easily verifiable facts. People can like or dislike the man, but facts are facts. Thank you for this beautifully written and very insightful article.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 28, 2018:

Thanks for writing this objective piece about what is currently taking place with politics in the U.S.A. My first memory of a U.S. President was Eisenhower. We used to be taught to respect not only our elders but people who held important positions such as teachers, clergy and our President among others. Given what is happening today I wonder just how many people teach the same thing to their kids?

Speaking of kids...those poor refuge children ripped from their parents arms! It is shameful that we are now being admonished by the U.N. for abusing human rights! We used to be a beacon of hope for the rest of the world. Time will tell how all of this pans out. Stay tuned!

Angry on July 02, 2018:

US detention centers for Hispanic youth are extorting money and charging ransom to parents of the separated children. This is not acceptable, especially around US Independence Day. It is evil.

"Families must pay thousands of dollars to be reunited with children taken from them" -- 7/2/2018

"Marlon Parada, a construction worker based in Los Angeles, told the Times, recalling the $1,800 fee he was asked to pay to fly his Honduran cousin’s 14-year-old daughter to Los Angeles from Houston, Texas (the fee also covered the cost of an in-flight travel escort). The child had recently been separated from her mother at the border and sent to a juvenile immigration prison in Houston.

Oscar Garcia, also a father of three who remodels homes in Anaheim, California, told the Times he was asked to pay $1,400 to cover travel costs for his 11-year-old nephew, who was being held in a Texas detention center after crossing the border from El Salvador. "

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 21, 2018:

Wonderful, wonderful. You never fail Ms. English. It is PC Wrong but my boy and I do not like "sissy pants". Do it right or do it wrong but get off your butt and do it. Dierker politics saves no favors.

Perhaps we like one linebacker on the "other" team. But we still root for out team.

RedElf from Canada on June 21, 2018:

Thank you for another thoughtful and insightful piece. Trump is very scary - that may sound simplistic, but looking at him and what he is doing from my temporarily safe viewpoint, north of the 49th, he makes a lot of us extremely uneasy.

I'm wondering how far he will go, and will anyone be able to hold him back. He seems pretty slippery and certainly has a pile of powerful friends.

Though it sounds like there may be some checks in place - good to read about the Executive Order that was signed - a step in the right direction if it is implemented...

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on June 21, 2018:

Trump and the Trumpists are running America like an extremely irresponsible, corrupt, dishonorable, and despicable business. They have shafted workers, increased poverty, enabled polluters, increased the cost and lowered the benefits of health care, worsened the lack of affordable housing crisis, worsened immigration policies, enabled crooked banking, worshiped Mammon, and defecated on American values. Let's vote them out and vote in sensible, level-headed, honorable politicians who believe in democracy and in government that promotes the general welfare.

perrya on June 21, 2018:

Trump will not get re-elected in 2020. It will either be a more moderate Republican or Deomcrat,

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 20, 2018:

@Paula - Thanks for the link so I could see more of the cages the children are kept in down there is Texas. A few photos and some film footage of this was shared on TV last night as well and people need to see it.

I just read that the United Methodist Church brought church-based charges against member AG Jeff Sessions for the incarceration of the children, including "child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination and, for his citation of Romans 13 to defend the separation policy."

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 20, 2018:

@Doris - Thanks very much for sharing your background and the information about the Bill Clinton office terms. I agree that operating a government like a business, especially a cutthroat business, is probably never going to work.

I appreciate your encouraging comments!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 20, 2018:

Patty, when I started reading this, I wondered where you were going with it. Bravo, a true journalistic piece of neutrality. The media could take lessons from you because they seem to have forgotten why they exist.

Back in 1980 when I was a working broadcast journalist, my state had just gotten over a 2-year term of Governor Frank White, who promised to "run this state like a 'bidiness'". He had been elected from protest votes against the arrogance of Governor Bill Clinton's first term. The state was in a shambles, and chastised voters easily elected Bill Clinton to his second term. Bill had learned his lesson, and I think the pain of that loss is what made him the politician he is today. He went on to be governor for a total of 6 terms, pulling the state out of Governor White's chaos and leaving office to run for President. He left the state with a budget surplus because he understood that government can NOT be run like a business.

Have you noticed that Trump refers to his term as a "reign"? That says a mouthful. Kings reign over their people, presidents serve their constituents.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 20, 2018:

Mr. Trump signed an Executive Order to stop the family separations at the border on 6/20/2018, World Refugee Day, so let's see how that goes.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 20, 2018:

@Paula - Thanks for your comments. I find it hard to be completely objective today about all this, considering the child detention centers that some pundits try to make us believe are "summer camps", but I agree with you that readers here really can think for themselves.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 20, 2018:

@Virginia Allain - I shuddered when I learned yesterday of "tender years" camps in Combes, Raymondville and Brownsville especially for infants and toddlers.

Reports are that all one can hear is screaming in them. George Takei, who was placed with his family in a Japanese internment camp during WWII, says these current holding centers are much worse.

We appear to have three "tender years" sites along the border and a fourth being erected soon in Houston in a converted warehouse previously used for hurricane victims.

Dr. Alicia Lieberman stated recently about these children: "Their fear triggers a flood of stress hormones that disrupt neural circuits in the brain, create high levels of anxiety, make them more susceptible to physical and emotional illness, and damage their capacity to manage their emotions, trust people, and focus their attention on age-appropriate activities."