View from the Street: D for Donald

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View from the Street: D for Donald

Saturday will mark the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. We drafted what his report card might look like for what has been an eventful and turbulent 12 months in the Oval Office.

Healthcare: D
 
Although he set an ambitious objective at the beginning of the year – “to repeal and replace” the affordable care act – Donald has fallen short of expectations in this area, despite what he may have told you.
 
He struggles to understand opposing views and feelings. We would like to see him put genuine effort into finding an agreeable solution, rather than ignoring others and talking loudly about what he wants to do. That might lead to some progress.

Immigration: C
 
Donald got off to a worrying start this year when he tried to ban Muslims from playing on his team. He blamed this on 'terror threats', using questionable language, and said he wanted Norwegians instead. His peers criticised his language and in any case the Norwegians show little interest in joining. To help his case, Donald appointed a friend, Neil Gorsuch, to the Supreme Court school council, so we suspect that this coming year may be a rowdy one.
 
Donald’s class project, which he calls ‘The Wall’, has made very little progress this year beyond a small mock-up kept on his desk, to which he refers loudly on a daily basis. He also blames this on his Mexican classmates’ refusal to pay for it, though the rest of the class are yet to see why they should.

Economy and Jobs: B-
 
Donald has been working on an assignment that he called America First. The unusual hypothesis he came up with for this project was that “protection will lead to great prosperity and strength”. He is progressing aspects of it, though some improvement is needed in areas.
 
Since he became the country’s head boy, there has been a stable economy. Inflation has remained under control, business owners have taken a liking to him and unemployment figures continue to fall. He has been particularly proud of his role in the record highs being reached in the stock markets, but he has struggled to recognise the contribution that others have made in achieving these results.
 
Of all his portfolio work, delivering his project on tax reform has been his mostsubstantial. The ideas contained in it were the most radical since Reagan was head boy, and highly controversial, but Donald was tenacious in getting it done.
 
He has shown some signs of promise when it comes to the economy but must now continue to apply himself, as it will be crucial to him passing his national exam in 2020.
 
Making Friends: D
 
Donald showed great promise in the early days of his presidency when he made friends with Theresa, the head girl from a school with which we have a special relationship. It was encouraging to see them holding hands in the playground and the cloisters. In recent months, however, we’re concerned to report that Donald has shown some worrying behaviour that amounts to bullying.
 
We’ve repeatedly spoken to him about his use of derogatory language when speaking about his African and Haitian peers, as well as female classmates.
 
He has heeded advice and made efforts to make friends with Chinese classmate Xi and French classmate Emmanuel, but he must try harder to nurture these relationships if they are to last. Despite reports of them playing together in the past, Donald denies he is friends with Vladimir. 
 
Donald is easily distracted. He has been asked to stop attempting to pick fights with Kim Jong-un and showing off the size of his nuclear button in class.
 
Extra-Curricular Activities: A
 
Whilst Donald is a good golfer, I am concerned by the amount of time he dedicates to playing the sport, spending nearly 100 of the last 365 days on the course.
  
If Donald applied the same enthusiasm to his studies as he does to golf, he would stand a better chance of accomplishing his goal of being “not smart, but genius… and a very stable genius at that”.
 
Overall: D
 
While he has achieved some of his coursework, there is significant room for improvement. He would be advised to apply the approach and behaviour of some of his alumni over the coming three years to ensure that he is not remembered as the White House class clown. He has a big public speaking opportunity next week when he goes on a class trip to Davos. We hope he will be on his best behaviour, and engage less with his phone and more with those pupils who will be in attendance from other schools.