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George Washington Domestic and Foreign Policy
George Washington (1789-1800) was the first president of the United States of America.
He was elected in1789 by the Electoral College despite his reluctance to take the position and
took oath of office on April 30
th
. He preferred farming at his Mount Vernon making him the only
person to be elected without wanting to become president. At the time, he only worked with four
members of the cabinet that included Thomas Jefferson (Secretary for State), Alexander
Hamilton (Treasury), and Henry Knox (War). The post of Attorney General was added later in
the year. Nonetheless, he made several policies both domestic and foreign that laid the
foundation for the future United States.
President George Washington gets a B for his domestic affairs. Firstly, let us recognize
that he was the first person to this position and the country did not have strong structure like it
has today. For instance, his first cabinet did not have the position of Attorney General until later
in the year meaning he was operating without any official legal advisor. Secondly, he started
operating from point zero and relied on his four-member cabinet for advice on direction to steer
the country. Despite the existing challenges they did a good job to fix the confederation’s
economy.
The secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton was one of the key figures in the
development of domestic policies. He was in charge of leading the confederation’s economic
reforms and collecting money to repay the country’s debts. At the time of assuming the office the

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confederation was struggling to meets its financial obligations such as repaying debts amounting
to $54 million at face values. Besides, he pushed the Congress to adopt the State’s debts that
amounted to $21.5 million. These debts by states were accrued during revolution. In essence, he
set the foundation for the future cooperation between the National and State governments.
However, this proposal met mixed reactions from different states with those having large debts
like Massachusetts welcoming the policy whereas the ones with smaller debts (like Virginia)
opposing the move. Additionally, Hamilton also developed a fairly an elaborate financial
structure at the time that weighed the revenue collection, expenditure and debts. However, his
proposal on Excise Revenue met a lot of resistance including from the president himself resulting
whiskey rebellion. Alexander did a great job in laying foundation for the country’s financial
structure and economic transformation.
On the foreign policy the president and his cabinet get a C. The Washington’s
administration supported French revolution though there were some resistance from
ultraconservative federalists. This reaction towards the French revolution became the foundation
for the country’s foreign policy and its approach to global politics. In essence, it sets the stage for
the current actions where the US participates in political events that it believes entrenches its
ideologies globally. The support for French Revolution by President Washington was based on
the mere fact that it imitated the American Revolution. This proved to be the worst blunder
mistake in Washington’s presidency as it placed the young country onto the conflicting paths
with other European powers like Britain. On the flipside, it ascertained the country’s will to
become the world’s superpower a feat it would achieve several decades later after the end of
Second World War.
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Surname 1 Name Instructor Course Code Date George Washington Domestic and Foreign Policy George Washington (1789-1800) was the first president of the United States of America. He was elected in1789 by the Electoral College despite his reluctance to take the position and took oath of office on April 30th. He preferred farming at his Mount Vernon making him the only person to be elected without wanting to become president. At the time, he only worked with four members of the cabinet that included Thomas Jefferson (Secretary for State), Alexander Hamilton (Treasury), and Henry Knox (War). The post of Attorney General was added later in the year. Nonetheless, he made several policies both domestic and foreign that laid the foundation for the future United States. President George Washington gets a B for his domestic affairs. Firstly, let us recognize that he was the first person to this posi ...
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