TRUMP'S INITIAL CHALLENGES
Like his predecessor, President Trump and his staff were also faced with tremendous initial challenges. He now has the opportunity to take on those challenges after power was transferred over on Jan 20, 2017. The Trump administration had a mandate of a Republican controlled congress (house and senate) who also shared a victorious night during the Nov 8, 2016 election. In fact the Democrats the day after the 2016 President election were in the worst shape they have been since 1938. It should be noted that the Democratic party lost over 1,000 seats during President Obama's 8 year tenure.
Top Challenges Trump Inherited From The Previous Obama Administration of 8 years:
1: A near $20 trillion debt. This is a mind numbing figure. The debt grew more under President Obama than all previous US Presidents....combined.
2: Historic stagnant economy. It was the first time in American history that the economy did not grow by more than 3% in any year of a sitting President (Obama). In fact it had been 10 years since this last happened.
3: Obamacare. (Also known as the Affordable Care Act). It received NOT ONE Republican vote in either the Senate or the House of Representatives. That was a red flag right off the bat.Yes it is true more than 17 million Americans have health coverage thanks to Obamacare but it came with an alarming cost. And now the cat is out of the bag. It did not work and has turned into a disaster. From skyrocketing deductibles, to doctors and insurance companies bailing out, increased insurance premiums, Americans paying special IRS taxes even job loss and what was named "Lie of The Year" in 2013, a broken promise of being able to keep your doctor.
4: Nearly 47 million Americans (record high) on food stamps.
5: The poverty level reached a 50-year record high.
6: America suffered an Islamic terror attack every year under President Obama.
8: America seemed more divided than ever before. The sense that America is more divided than it used to be is backed by hard data and based on several polls. It was seen through the streets of America with frequent riots, protests, American flag burning and attacks on police officers. Ironically President Obama ran his initial Presidential campaign on "healing a divided nation".
9: An all time high of Americans on disability.
11: Wages for college grads lower than they were 15 years ago
12: For most U.S. workers, real wages were flat or even falling for decades.
13: U.S. had the 3rd highest (out of 188 countries) corporate tax rate in the world, at 38.92%
14: The VA (US Dept of Veteran's Affairs) fiasco. Sadly, far too many American heroes have died waiting too long for care and treatment.
15: Illegal immigration at an all time high record pace in 2016
16: Illegal immigrants accounting for nearly 37% of federal sentences in America.
17: Home ownership rate at a five-decade low.
18: Sharp rise in heroin-related deaths. Increase of 39% including 90% first-time white users.
19: America had fallen to 23rd on Forbes list of best countries for business.
20: For the first time since World War II there were no American aircraft carriers deployed at sea anywhere else in the world. And the Army has the fewest active-duty soldiers since 1940, despite a host of worldwide threats facing the United States.
21: America's relationship with Israel is arguably the worst it has ever been.
22: A record 95,102,000 Americans not in labor force. Increasing 18% under Obama's watch.
23: US and Russia relations fall to their worst since the Cold War as Russia was caught meddling in the 2017 Presidential election.
24: The wealth disparity between upper and middle income Americans has hit a record high
25: The percentage of families in which no one is employed has grown from 17.8 % in 2008 to a 19.7% in 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
26: 80 % of the Americans living on what they were living on in 2008.
27: US Border Patrol morale at an all time low.
28: The Obamacare phone program was found to be innundated with fraudulent findings, with "complete lack of oversight" by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) .