The President-elect of the United States of America, Donald Trump, is not new to controversies. Before he will take his place in the oval office, many are demanding his impeachment. But will it serve America any good?
Many wonder what exactly impeachment of a ruling president does to a country, and will Donald Trump be the first president to get impeached?
Well, the answer is no.
Impeachment proceedings have been initiated against several presidents of the United States. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only two presidents to have been successfully impeached by the House of Representatives, but were later freed from all the charges by the Senate.
Is Donald Trump going to be impeached?
Even before Donald Trump was officially declared the winner of the 2016 presidential election, thousands of people were looking at what it would take them to remove him. Independent reported that Google searches for “how to impeach a president” jumped by 5,000 percent in the hours after the presidential election results were announced.
At the federal level, Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution addresses impeachment.
“The President, Vice-President, and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
So, Trump cannot be impeached until:
1. He officially becomes the president of the United States of America. As of now, he has not accepted the presidency.
2. The federal law allows impeaching someone only if they actually do some heinous crime.
3. Even if the Americans want to impeach their president-elect after he takes hold of the oval office, citizens are not allowed to impeach anyone. It’s the job of the House and Senate. After this year’s election result, both the Senate and House are now represented by Republicans, so it would be extremely difficult to remove their first choice of president.
4. Even if Donald Trump will be impeached somehow, then future Vice-President Mike Pence will become president, who will be followed by Paul Ryan, Orrin Hatch and the list goes on for 14 other candidates.
Even if federal law does not allow the citizens of America to cast their vote to impeach Trump, many are still trying to make a change. According to Change.org petition, at this moment there are 59,147 signatures for ruling him out.
“Donald Trump has won the 2016 presidential election. It is clear something is wrong here if an openly homophobic, racist, xenophobic and sexist individual can become the most powerful man in the world.
“Make it clear you do not want this man leading our free nation. Donald Trump as POTUS is a danger to the entire world.”
Whenever a new president enters the oval office, he brings changes in the staff and tries to change the policies of his predecessor. Like every other, Donald Trump intends to do the same. During his campaign, he has remained very outspoken about his immigration and foreign policies.
Donald Trump’s Immigration Policy:
Trump’s immigration policies were among his most highly discussed policies during his campaign. Some of his proposals have come under media scrutiny. The new presidential-elect has already vowed to build a substantial wall on the Mexico-United States border to keep out illegal immigrants.
Apart from this, he would also likely to create a “deportation force” to deport around 11 million people illegally residing in the United Sates.
“Day 1 of my presidency, [illegal immigrants] are getting out and getting out fast.”
Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy:
By many political pundits, he has been described as non-interventionalist and nationalist. Non-interventionism is a policy that holds that political rulers should avoid alliances with other nations but retain diplomacy and avoid all wars unless they have to defend their own lands.
During his 2016 presidential campaign, he repeatedly claimed that he opposed the Iraq War even before it was launched. Apart from this, he also stated that the Afghanistan War was a mistake, but often stated that it was a necessary thing for America to do.
So as stated above, he is mostly going to refine several policies and not only America, but the entire world has to accept the outcomes.
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