The recent attack on the US capitol when thousands of Trump’s angry followers – the vast majority of them white – marched on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6. they rallied behind Trump’s false claims of a stolen election. The rioting that ensued left a police officer and four other people dead, dozens wounded and a nation shaken.
This Not only left America deeply divide but also transformed America into a theater of political violence.
When President Donald Trump delivered his inaugural speech on Jan. 20, 2017, he promised to save America from a hellish wave of crime and disorder.
Closing out his presidency exactly four years later, Trump leaves behind an even more polarized America, where thousands are dying daily from the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy is badly damaged and political violence has surged.
President Donald Trump’s impact on the world at large has been much the same. As he hands the power to Joe Biden on Wednesday — however reluctantly — Americans more politically and culturally estranged from each other than they were when he took office four years ago.
The National Dept Increased
The national debt has risen by almost $7.8 trillion during Trump’s time in office. That’s near twice as much as what Americans owe on student loans, car loans, credit cards, and every other type of debt other than mortgages, combined, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It amounts to about $23,500 in new federal debt for every person in the country.
Trump inherited an economy from the Obama administration that was expanding, and it continued to do so during the first three years of his presidency.
In the last year of Trump’s presidency, the unemployment rate reached a 50-year low of 3.5% in February. The coronavirus pandemic soon walloped the economy, forcing swaths of businesses across the country to close. The unemployment rate skyrocketed to 14.7% in April. It receded to 6.7% as of last month but remains above the level of 4.8% when Trump took office in 2016.
A more nuclearized world
One of the most significant policy was Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. The pact — brokered by the Obama administration and five other nations — was widely welcomed as a breakthrough in a decades-long security challenge.
In return for an easing of economic sanctions, Tehran agreed to limit its enriched uranium stockpiles to 300 kilograms, a 98% reduction and capped enrichment levels to 3.67%. Until Trump withdrew, Iran was complying.
But without the US in the deal, Iran has returned to its old ways. It now has more than 2.4 tons of enriched uranium stockpiled — 12 times the deal allowed for. It is now enriching uranium by 20%, closer to the level needed to produce an atomic weapon. And last week, it said it was researching the production of uranium metal, a component that can be used in nuclear weapons.
Now as Trump handing a more divided America, a more unsettled world to Joe Biden, it will be interesting to see how the new president can deal with all of this.