February in the Trump Administration

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Public Safety Medal of Valor award ceremony at the East Room of the White House February 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. The medal is the nation's highest award to public safety officers who have "exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trevor Hoffman

The last month has definitely had its ups and downs for Donald Trump and his administration. The month involved one of the United States’ worst shootings, many senior staff resignations and intensification of the Russia probe. Today, I plan on breaking it down piece by piece to get the big picture.

To begin, the month began on a very upbeat note for Trump, who had just delivered his State of the Union address, which was received with mixed reaction. To some, the speech was crafted with an intention for unity amongst a deeply fragmented Washington, but others were quick to call the president out for continuing his divisive rhetoric.

One of the issues that Democrats and Republicans think they can work together to find a solution in a bipartisan fashion is infrastructure. President Trump has said that our nation’s bridges, highways and airports are “third world” and need billions of dollars to be fixed.

“It is time to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure…” said Trump during his address to Congress. “I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve.”

Nearly 10 days after addressing infrastructure during the State of the Union, the administration released the 2018 infrastructure plan. Based off what was released, the plan is to use local, state and federal taxes to come up with $1.5 trillion to improve infrastructure. However, this is all subject to congressional approval and will most likely be adjusted to suit both sides of the aisle.

On Valentine’s Day, the nation mourned as we saw the faces of parents and students after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed. People were quick to call out the President, who the National Rifle Association endorsed during the 2016 election, for his lack of action in regards to gun control and keeping our children safe. Shortly after the shooting, the nation’s youth and those who feel strongly that we need gun control mobilized, organizing walk outs, protests and other forms of civil disobedience to call on Congress and the President to do something about these mass shootings that seemingly are becoming a norm in this country.

While being interviewed by CNN, Lori Alhadeff, mother of 15 year old Alyssa Alhadeff, who was killed during the shooting, screamed into the camera, “President Trump, you say what can you do? You can do a lot! Do something! Action. We need it now.”

Trump also saw some of his staff leave their White House posts during the month of February. Much controversy was stirred up after the sudden resignation of Rob Porter, who reportedly physically abused two of his ex wives. In addition to Porter, Trump’s top confidant, Hope Hicks, resigned from the position of White House Communications Director, a day after she told the special counsel during an interview, that she occasionally told “white lies” for the president.

As the Russia probe intensifies, it will be interesting to see what the Trump administration has in store for them during the month of March.