President of the United StatesElected to Office: 11-8-2016
Who is Donald Trump?
President Donald Trump holds the most powerful office in the country. Tracking him reveals how he’s using his position to undermine the rights of women, immigrants, people of color, people with low incomes, LGBTQ people, and other communities. But he’s not doing it alone. He’s filled his administration with extremists who are wielding their power to chip away at our freedoms.
By using the power of the executive branch, Trump and his administration have severely restricted health care access, reproductive rights, and civil rights for targeted groups. The federal courts could stand as a backstop, but Trump has stacked the courts with extreme right-wing judges. Nearly 200 Trump-appointed judges now occupy lifetime positions on the federal bench — many with records incredibly hostile to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and all poised to make decisions about our rights for a generation. These judges include Trump’s two appointees on the United States Supreme Court, who will be ruling on numerous cases impacting our rights and freedoms this year — including big cases on abortion access, birth control, and LGBTQ rights.
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Here is what Donald Trump controls
The White House (Executive Branch of the Federal Government)
The president of the United States leads the government’s executive branch, aka the White House and all the administrative agencies. The executive branch executes the laws passed by Congress. The many executive agencies overseen by the president — including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, the Department of State, and the Department of Education — have extensive authority to implement federal law.
The president appoints many people to a range of government offices, including ambassadors, cabinet secretaries, and judges on the Supreme Court and federal courts. The president is also the commander in chief of the armed forces, and has the authority to veto legislation, grant pardons for federal crimes, and negotiate treaties with other countries.
Background on Donald Trump
Donald Trump and his administration issued a "gag rule" that prohibits providers in Title X — our nation's only program focused on affordable birth control and reproductive health care — from telling patients how they can safely and legally access abortion. The gag rule forced Planned Parenthood out of Title X. Now, 1.5 people with low incomes who used Title X for health care at Planned Parenthood can no longer rely on the federal government to supplement their care.I Stand With Planned Parenthood
While in office, Donald Trump has appointed a large cohort of anti-reproductive health and anti-sexual health administrative officials. They’ve censored government websites and health care providers themselves from information on topics like abortion. They’ve issued policy after policy that harms communities of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, and people with low incomes. And their worst policies might be yet to come: They have been trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the ACA’s birth control mandate.The Nation
Donald Trump is the first U.S. president to release a budget that singled out Planned Parenthood for "defunding." That's one of many ways the Trump-Pence administration has tried to “defund” Planned Parenthood, which means blocking patients who use public health programs from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers. The Trump administration has allowed Texas to “defund” Planned Parenthood and block patients who use Medicaid from getting preventive care at its health centers. The Trump administration also “defunded” Planned Parenthood nationwide through the Title X gag rule, which forced Planned Parenthood out of the federal birth control program. No, Trump’s "defund" efforts have not shut down Planned Parenthood — health center doors are still open. But he and his administration are still trying.Broadly
Trump signed an executive order encouraging health care providers to deny patients basic health care based on their personal beliefs.New York Times
Before he was elected, Donald Trump said he would appoint “pro-life” judges to the Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v. Wade — the case that recognized the right to access safe, legal abortion. No surprise: Trump’s Supreme Court appointees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, have long records of opposing abortion. Trump also has filled the federal courts across the country with judges who have track records of restricting reproductive rights.Tracking Trump: Federal Judges
Trump's view of and policy on immigration is stark. The Trump-Pence administration has taken many moves to control immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, including detaining pregnant immigrants; issuing an executive order that separated immigrant families; trying to let the government jail immigrant children indefinitely (with or without their parents); and working to deny asylum for immigrants fleeing persecution, discrimination, and violence. Trump's opposition to abortion also played out in the immigration arena when the Office of Refugee Resettlement tried to block young immigrant women from their constitutional right to safe, legal abortion. For Donald Trump, the immigration plan seems to be using inhumane tactics to pander to certain voters among his base. That's despite the fact that a majority of Americans think immigrants strengthen America and support allowing undocumented immigrants a chance to become citizens.Immigration Forum
The Trump-Pence administration’s unprecedented Muslim ban is in place now, and it imposes restrictions on who can enter the United States from a group of mostly Muslim-majority countries. The policy also bars thousands of immigrants from getting a U.S. green card if they’re from these countries, even to be reunited with family or to take a job offer.Tracking Trump: Muslim Ban
One of Trump’s travel bans discriminates against foreign people of color who are pregnant and want to travel to the United States on short-term tourist visas. In addition to targeting actual pregnant people, the travel ban also targets foreign travelers who authorities could mistake for being pregnant. Specifically, the new tourist visa rule lets the State Department deny temporary visas to people who the Department suspects are visiting the United States in order to give birth there and obtain U.S. citizenship for their baby. It targets travelers from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.Tracking Trump: Pregnant Travelers
On the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, HHS decided to grant Texas federal Medicaid funding for a state program that bars patients in the program from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood (and other health centers that also provide abortion). This move upends longstanding federal law. In the past, the federal government has refused to fund state Medicaid programs that aim to take away the right of people with Medicaid to choose whatever qualified reproductive health care provider they want.Planned Parenthood Blog
As one of his first acts in office, Trump reinstated and expanded the global gag rule, which eliminates federal funding for nongovermental organizations abroad if they provide abortion counseling or referrals or advocate around abortion. The people most affected live in the poorest and most isolated communities around the globe — including in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Meanwhile, the administration blocked all U.S. funding to UNFPA, the world’s largest contraception provider. The move hurts UNFPA’s ability to promote reproductive health; respond to humanitarian crises; and prevent unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and maternal deaths in some of the world’s most vulnerable areas.Planned Parenthood Action: Global Gag Rule
In 2018 Trump became the first sitting president in U.S. history to directly address the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally, which he did via sattelite. Then, in 2020, he became the first president to speak on-site at the rally.NPR
While on the campaign trail, Trump said abortion should be outlawed and women who have abortions should be punished. It’s clear: The total and near-total bans passed by politicians in some states reflect Trump’s view on abortion.People Magazine
Under Trump, the administration is implementing a plan to restrict sexual and reproductive health care through the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Strategic Plan — which sets federal health policy goals through 2022, and now defines life as beginning at conception. The Trump health care plan set forth in the HHS strategy document also focuses on protecting the ability of employers and health care providers to deny patients health care services based on their personal beliefs.Tracking Trump: The Health Agenda
The Trump-Pence administration is encouraging states to "block grant" their Medicaid programs. Under this “block grant” system, the federal government would give states a fixed amount of funding for Medicaid, instead of funding the full costs of care (such as when there’s a natural disaster). The likely results of block grants: states limiting Medicaid by enrolling fewer people, or offering fewer services, or paying health care providers less (which, in turn, would stop some providers from taking Medicaid patients). Meanwhile, The administration has encouraged states to require people to work a certain number of hours and adhere to frequent, detailed reporting in order for them to obtain and keep Medicaid. The likely outcome: people will lose their Medicaid coverage.Tracking Trump: Medicaid
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allows immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to gain legal status. Just as DACA was bringing young, undocumented immigrants out of the shadows to start school, jobs and families, the Trump-Pence administration decided to end it. The decision is currently on hold, and the Supreme Court will decide if it’s legal later in 2020. That leaves the 800,000 young immigrants who had been protected by the program in limbo, making it harder for them to access health care, seek employment and education, and plan their lives. And if the Supreme Court votes against them, they’ll be at risk of getting deported.Tracking Trump: DACA