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In November of 2016, many were shocked as Donald Trump was announced president of the United States. Since then, he has done very little and has made some questionable decisions. President Donald Trump’s first year in office was a failure based on his ban on transgender people from joining the military, his travel ban, and his inability to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. In August of 2017, a ban keeping transgender individuals from serving in the military was signed. This ban had just been lifted the previous year by defense secretary Ashton Carter. If put into place, the ban would force around 15,000 transgender service members to leave the military.  Many believe this is unfair to the transgender individuals who are now serving, including Senator Tammy Duckworth, who released a strong statement supporting transgender service members:When I was bleeding to death in my Black Hawk helicopter after I was shot down, I didn’t care if the American troops risking their lives to help save me were gay, straight, transgender, black, white or brown. All that mattered was they didn’t leave me behind. If you are willing to risk your life for our country, and you can do the job you should be able to serve — no matter your gender identity or sexual orientation. Anything else is not just discriminatory, it is disruptive to our military, and it is counterproductive to our national security. If the President enacts this ban, which would harm our military readiness, the Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who oppose this discrimination must enact legislation that prevents it from taking effect.If current transgender service members were removed from the military, it would take a lot of time and money to train and pay new recruits. It is not cheap to train service members, the average cost of basic training is about $20,000 per service member, this include supplies, equipment, contracts, student pay, and many other expenses that have already gone into the training of transgender service members. Along with money for basic training, service members are also paid to do extra training that is required for them, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. One of the main reasons Trump wants to keep transgender individuals from joining the military is because he believes their medical costs will be too much for the military. A study done by the RAND Corporation found that medical costs would only increase spending about 2.4 to 8.4 million dollars, or 0.04 to 0.13 percent. That slight increase is nothing compared to the 1.6 billion dollars that is included in the spending for President Trump’s wall. The RAND study also stated that only about 29 to 129 transgender active service members will undergo some sort of transition-related care per year, which is only 0.0019 to 0.0086 percent of transgender service members. While some transitions may require you to get surgery, most transitions can be accomplished through injections that only cost $30 a month, which create a smooth transition and still allow service members to be active and be deployable. This ban was a failure for President Trump since it had very little support, and did not end up going into effect. As of January 1 of 2018, transgender individuals will be allowed to enlist in the military.President Trump’s executive order on immigration was one of the worst decisions he made during his first year. His first order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”, was set to keep all travelers from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States. The ban was immediately seen as a ban on people of Muslim faith, and sparked protests in airports all over the U.S. A week after the ban was announced, a federal judge issued a restraining order to stop the executive order and continue allowing travel. The Trump administration tried to fight the restraining order by filing an appeal, but the appeal was denied by three federal judges because they believed the government failed to provide evidence that citizens from the seven affected countries had implemented attacks on American soil. A big reason the Trump administration put this order into place is because they believe that there are no proper security screenings for refugees, making it easy for terrorists to enter the country. But if there are no proper security screenings, then why does it take 18-24 months for refugees to be resettled? The reason for this is because there are already thorough screenings that take place. The process is long, and involves three different agencies, the State Department, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Refugees are already having to undergo biographic and biometric checks, medical screenings, forensic document testing, and in-person interviews, and this process is much longer for Refugees coming from Syria. Since America is refusing to take in refugees, it has caused many refugees who are trying to flee to go to neighboring countries, where the conditions are not as great as the United States. For countries that are not in great economic condition, this increases the risk of state collapse for those that are taking in the refugees, and also risks expanding the conflict in the Middle East, since refugees are often targets. In Jordan, thousands of refugees are being held in camps, where armed militias have formed and have become targets of Russian airstrikes. Around 60,000 refugees had already been approved to come to the United States and were awaiting placement, but because of the travel ban they are not able to come to the United States and they may never be able to find safety. Finally, one of President Trump’s main goals since day one was to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and this has been a huge failure for him so far. In July, a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare failed, and shortly after a new proposal to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act without replacing it was proposed, but that idea was also thrown out because of the effect it would have on Americans by taking away their coverage. Earlier this year republicans had crafted special rules that allowed them to pass a bill with a simple majority in the 100-seat chamber, but since they failed to pass a bill in time the rules expired and they will now need at least 60 votes to advance most legislation. Republicans also failed to get enough support for a bill that would repeal Obamacare, making it hard for them to pass anything. Abolishing some of the main parts of  the Affordable Care Act could cause chaos on the insurance market, it is already estimated that premiums in the individual insurance market could rise as much as 25 percent this year.  Repealing the Affordable Care Act would also hurt families in the United States, and would also hurt the economy. If repealed, 29.8 million people would lose their health insurance, more than doubling the number of Americans who would be without coverage. Along with this, the combination of tax cuts and spending cuts that are part of the Affordable Care Act repeal would also reduce job growth in 2019 by an estimated 1.2 million. The decisions that President Donald Trump have made show how big of a failure his first year in office was. Based on his ban on transgender people from joining the military, his executive order on immigration, and his failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, he has shown his inability to achieve his goals and make America great again.

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