2017 was a politically momentous year in the United States. In January, Donald J. Trump assumed office as the 45th president of the United States, and the Grand Old Party regained majority representation in both Houses of Congress for the first time in a decade. Republicans nationwide began their year a little more optimistic for the future than they had the previous eight and were cautiously excited to see what tremendous things the business-savvy New Yorker had in store for his first-term quest to “make America great again.” As anticipated, the words and actions of President Trump and his administration quickly became the focal point of the global news media. Americans all over the country were laser focused on the infant administration, patiently waiting not only for the president’s first round of Obama-era policy reversals, but also for his first Twitter battle, first divisive proclamation, and first accusation of “fake news.” While President Trump did not disappoint in delivering on each of the aforesaid expectations, he especially lived up to his campaign promise to do everything in his power to reverse President Obama’s environmental policies in favor of domestic, economic, and industrial growth.
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