By Talia Dennis
On Jan. 20, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Since then, he has signed seven executive orders that have been met with mixed reactions.
It feels like there is a protest every few days in response to the controversial president and his orders. On the other side, it seems as though more Trump supporters are getting irritated by the protesters who sometimes turn into rioters and simply want everyone to accept him as the president.
Within the last two weeks, various world leaders have in some way had a run-in with or offered their own input on the Trump administration.
Here are some of them:
President Trump was persistent during his campaign that he was pro-Israel. The United Nations voted to stop Israel from building settlements in the West Bank in December 2016. The West Bank is supposed to be Palestinian territory, according to the 1994 Oslo Accords, so the current settlements there and those being planned would violate international law.
However, the Daily News reported Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was told to “halt construction of settlements” by President Trump on Thursday. While it may not have been the news Netanyahu was hoping to get, it has not deterred him from agreeing to meet with the president.
During the Obama administration, a deal was created where the U.S. would take in 1,250 refugees. The president took to Twitter, in typical Donald Trump style, to express his disgust with the plan that was signed in November and called the refugees “illegal immigrants.”
Prior to the tweet, President Trump had a shortened phone call with the prime minister regarding the deal. The less than easygoing discussion has caused some senators, like John McCain (R-AZ), to reassure the Australians that the U.S. is still a good ally.
President Enrique Peña Nieto and President Trump are not the best of friends. The Mexican president cancelled his trip to the capital after Trump furthered his mission to build a wall on the southern border of the United States.
It was not simply the wall that resulted in the cancelled trip, it was also the part about making Mexico pay for it. Peña said Mexico would do no such thing, which led to Trump saying he will then impose a hefty import tax on Mexican goods.
Additionally, Mexico has threatened not to buy U.S. products and is not alone in this possible course of action. Belgium may also boycott U.S. products while Trump is in office.
One day after President Trump signed the executive order heard ‘round the world, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would welcome refugees.
The statement came via Trudeau’s Twitter account Saturday afternoon reassuring faith did not matter when it came to accepting refugees.
Religion has been the biggest controversy surrounding the executive order, since the seven banned countries are predominantly Muslim, and President Trump said Christians would be given priority.
Last Friday, British Prime Minister Theresa May visited President Trump at the White House. She is the first foreign leader to meet with the new U.S. president. The visit was amicable and a strong U.K.-U.S. alliance is likely, especially since the Brexit vote last June that would take Great Britain out of the European Union.
The outlook for the alliance seems unwavered even after May’s criticism on the executive order that would restrict foreigners from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States for at least a few months.
May called the new law “divisive and wrong” several days after the order was signed, according to USA TODAY.
The relationship between the U.S. and Russia has been scrutinized even before Trump became president. Rumors of blackmail and the CIA investigation reported that Russia influenced the November elections.
Yet, this has not stopped President Trump from strengthening his relationship with President Vladimir Putin and Russia. The two countries seem to be on the same side.
It is obvious that the mixed feelings about the 45th president are not restrained to the United States. They are shared with other nations and the people of those countries. It is important for everyone to remember, regardless of opinion, that we are not alone in this world.
Featured Photo Credit: Feature photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore on Flickr.
Talia Dennis is a freshman multiplatform journalism major and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.