President Donald Trump chips away at Obama-era policies
Piece by piece, President Donald Trump is making good on his campaign promises and chipping away at President Obama-era policies.
Last week, President Trump announced he is cancelling his predecessor's move to normalize relations with Cuba. Mr. Trump slammed the deal in a speech to supporters in Miami, Florida.
"I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba," said President Trump
Rolling back the Cuba policy is just one of Obama-era initiatives Trump is reversing. Mr. Trump's favorite target is undoing Obama climate change and environmental policies.
In May, Trump took aim at the Paris Climate agreement, announcing the United States will withdraw from he multi-nation accord. The move sent shockwaves across the globe.
“It was a stunning abdication of American leadership. Walking away from the agreement is extremely dangerous," said House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
At the start of his presidency, Trump also signed an executive order rolling back Obama's clean water rule, which gave the federal government authority to limit pollution in major bodies or water. Many ranchers and farmers opposed the rule.
"That rule wasn’t about protecting the environment it was just another washington power grab," said Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia Attorney General, who was present during the signing of the executive order.
But democrats and environmental groups are concerned about the rollback.
“It’s just dangerous if Flint proves anything is that we ought to be increasing protections for drinking water," Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Michigan), who represents Flint, Michigan.
President Trump also green-lighted the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing the Obamacare Administration decision to block the project.
One of the key campaign promises made by Trump and Republicans is repealing and replacing Obama's signature piece or l his Latino, the Affordable Care Act. President Trump celebrated the bill's passage in the lower chamber at the White House.
In an effort to gain a legislative win, the White House is putting pressure on Senate Republicans to move quickly on the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Senate is hoping to vote on the bill before July 4th, but Senate Democrats say they will try and stall the legislative process.