The 45th president delivered a fiery nationalist manifesto in which he pledged fealty to all Americans, but made little overt attempt to soothe a nation still wounded from arguably the ugliest election season of modern times. He also signaled that he intends to govern as if waging a permanent political campaign.
The order, which directs federal agencies to minimize the health-care law’s “economic and regulatory burdens,” appears to give room for the government to stop enforcing the penalty for people who fail to carry the insurance required of most Americans.
Donald Trump began his presidency as he ran his campaign — with blunt, searing talk about a crippled nation in dire need of bold, immediate action. His inaugural address broke with those that came before it. This, he made clear in case anyone had not yet gotten it, will be a very different presidency.
Less than two miles from the inaugural ceremonies, anarchists marched through the city’s streets, smashing bus-stop glass, vandalizing businesses and lighting fires. The violence prompted police to chase protesters with batons, hose them with pepper spray and apparently toss flash-bangs into their ranks.
The retired Marine general is charged with helping securing the border with Mexico. Kelly will oversee a sprawling entity that does everything from protecting the president to safeguarding the nation’s electrical grid.