The WatchHawk: Week two of Trump’s administration

Samantha Durham, Assistant Opinion Editor

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Have you been keeping up with the latest news on President Donald J. Trump and his administration? Here is his second week in office as reviewed by The Seahawk:

As Uber CEO drops Trump, other tech companies drop lawsuits

The current CEO for Uber, Travis Kalanick has officially “dropped out” of President Trump’s business advisory council due to the recent immigration order, reported CNN. This information was released to Uber employees via memo explaining that he had spoken with President Trump about the immigration executive order and its potential issues. He stated in his memo, “Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda, but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that,” CNN reported.

This does not seem to be a very uncommon opinion given that multiple technology-based companies have expressed their distaste for President Trump’s recent executive order. The New York Times recently reported that multiple tech companies are collaborating on a lawsuit against the Trump administration. Companies such as Amazon and Expedia are planning on battling the Trump administration in court on the grounds that the suspending immigration will harm their businesses.

Amazon and Expedia are two of the many companies and individuals currently filing a lawsuit against President Trump due to his immigration restrictions.  According to The New York Times, these lawsuits are aiming to prove that this executive order is unconditional. Expedia and Amazon have identified both employees and customer that are being adversely affected by Trump’s travel ban, only fueling the continued fire against this controversial ban on immigration.

Trump fires Sally Yates over Immigration Ban

As the controversy surrounding the immigration ban continues, as does actions to defend it by the Trump administration. Attorney General Sally Q. Yates was fired after she ordered the Justice Department to refuse to defend President Trump’s executive order banning immigrates and refugees from entering the country, reported The New York Times. Ms.Yates, according to senior officials, was under the impression that President Trump intended to single out Muslims without any lawful reason, based on his comments.

Ms.Yates, however, was not silent after being fired from her position. She stated to The New York Times, “We have comments from the president about what this is supposed to do. The intent was clear from the face of it.”

After leaving her position as Attorney General, Sally Yates became honored, respected and idolized by fellow Democrats, reported The New York Times. However, while some praised her decision to stand up for her beliefs, others were more critical. The New York Times stated that Jack Goldsmith said Ms.Yates “should have either defended the president’s order or resigned.”

Trump addresses Australian Prime Minister

After battling protests and backlash due to the immigration ban, the Trump administration is struggling to maintain positive relationships with other countries. Wednesday, President Trump tweeted that the Obama-era agreement with the country of Australia to accept refugees was a “dumb deal,” reported CNN.

Saturday, President Trump spoke with the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, in which Trump refused to come to an agreement in regards to the United States receiving refugees. The disagreement between these two political figures was in regards to the deal discussed during the Obama administration that allows refugees from detention centers on nearby islands to enter Australia, reported CNN.

Many of these refugees are from the seven countries currently facing Trump’s travel ban. Alongside his travel ban, Trump has also suspended the entry of refugees for 120 days while also suspending the entry of Syrian refuges, indefinitely, CNN reported.

During his conversation with the Australian Prime Minister, Trump was clear that he felt accepting 2,000 refugees would be a threat to the United States and that “one of them was going to be the next Boston bomber,” according to CNN.

Prime Minister Turnbull continually reminded President Trump that the agreement was for 1,250 refugees instead of 2,000. He also explained that these 1,250 refugees would be submitted to the U.S. for screening; if the refugees failed this screening, they would be denied access to the country.

After a seemingly heated debate regarding the issue, Trump shared his issues with the agreement and the recent executive order suspending the U.S. refugee program for a period of time. Shortly after, President Trump ended the phone call on a sour note due to his displeasure with the conversation and agreement, CNN reported.

After multiple questions and criticisms, Trump stated, “We have to be tough. It’s time we’re going to be a little tough, folks. We’re taken advantage of by every nation in the world, virtually. It’s not going to happen anymore”, reported CNN. Turnbull, however, commented that the deal may have not been one Trump would have considered a good one, but the president and his administration have committed to following it.

According to CNN, the Prime Minister was not overly interested in commenting on the call with Trump, but has agreed to remain diplomatic. Many are concerned that Trump’s conversation with Turnbull could cause conflict or tension between the two countries. Others are comparing this to the conversation Trump had with the President of Mexico, after the initial meeting was canceled.

Trump and President Enrique Pena Nieto discussed fighting the drug cartels that have troubled Mexico; however, many are unsure if his method of offering assistance is more effective or antagonistic. According to CNN, Trump stated, “You have some pretty tough hombres in Mexico that you need help with. We are willing to help with that big-league, but they have to be knocked out and you have not done a good job knocking them out.”

Many are shocked by Trump’s use of the term “hombres” after many were outraged during the election when he used the term to refer to criminals from Mexico and criminals within the country as “bad hombres.”

According to The Associated Press, Trump suggested he would send U.S. troops to the boarder to stop criminals from Mexico unless the home country’s government could handle the issue on their own. However, both U.S. and Mexican government officials involved with this issue have refused to comment on the story or its developments.