There are many in the US and around the world who waited January 20 with anticipation – or anxiety. The day has come and gone – Donald Trump is President of the United States.
Whatever we might think of him, Trump did not waste any time and signed his first executive order on Obamacare. Repealing and replacing Obamacare was one of Trump’s main promises during his long presidential campaign.
Trump directed government agencies to freeze regulations and take steps to ‘weaken’ Obamacare. It is the beginning of a process of repealing Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act, something Trump has promised to do as soon as he enters the White House.
Trump Already Introduced Changes to the Oval Office
It did not escape the eyes of reporters – and the world public – that Trump has already redecorated the Oval Office. Most prominently, Trump has restored the bust of war-time British Prime-minister, Winston Churchill, in the Oval Office.
The bust could be seen in the back as President Trump signed the first executive orders of his presidency.
The sculpture of Churchill’s face is said to be a replica of one given to 1960s leader Lyndon B Johnson and first appeared in the Oval Office during former George W Bush’s administration.
Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, replaced the bust with that of Martin Luther King Jr, causing criticism from some British officials, such as Boris Johnson.
Unsurprisingly, Trump has added more gold details to the Oval Office. Obama’s circular carpet with citations from former presidents has been replaced by a gold color one. Trump has also replaced crimson cloth behind the Resolute Desk under Obama, with new gold drapes.
Trump has a peculiar taste for gold decorations. His office and home at Trump Tower in New York City also heavily feature gold.
The President has the right to decorate the Oval Office – and the White House as a whole – according to his tastes and preferences. Most former presidents have used the furniture already stored in the White House and many have borrowed pieces of furniture and paintings from museums and art galleries.