[00:00.00]Donald Trump has done a lot in his first week as president of the United States.
[00:08.90]Trump canceled several of former President Barack Obama’s executive orders.
[00:16.17]He signed some of his own executive orders.
[00:21.58]He also met with members of the U.S. intelligence community.
[00:28.81]In between, the new president chose artwork to hang in his office at the White House.
[00:38.45]One is a painting of former President Andrew Jackson.
[00:45.53]Some Americans say his choice of the painting is not a surprise.
[00:52.98]Many have been comparing President Trump with the former president.
[00:59.11]Jackson became America’s seventh president in 1828.
[01:06.87]Historians consider the 1828 election one of the more negative presidential campaigns.
[01:17.32]Many people say the 2016 election campaign was also extremely negative.
[01:26.18]That is just the beginning of the comparisons between Trump and Jackson, observers say.
[01:34.21]Both men campaigned as populists – candidates who say they represent ordinary people.
[01:44.32]Both are also known as political outsiders and conservatives.
[01:50.92]And, both are known for having strong personalities.
[01:57.78]Jackson, like Trump, was fiercely independent.
[02:03.25]He said that he alone would define his administration’s policies.
[02:09.91]Trump spoke about conditions in the United States, and around the world, at the Republican Party’s national convention last summer.
[02:22.59]“I alone can fix it,” he said. Trump was talking of, in his words, “poverty and violence at home,” and “war and destruction abroad.”
[02:37.89]Observers have also noted similar parts of his inaugural speech to the speech given by former President Jackson.
[02:49.93]Andrew Jackson served two terms in office.
[02:54.62]He was a member of the Democratic Party -- the conservative party at that time in American history.
[03:04.09]Donald Trump once considered himself a Democrat.
[03:09.04]He was also, at one time, an independent.
[03:13.57]He is now a Republican -- the major conservative party in America today.
[03:20.19]But there are some clear differences between the two presidents, says writer Richard Dean Young.
[03:29.86]He has argued that Trump is not exactly a modern-day Jackson.
[03:36.44]“Historical comparisons are tricky,” Young told VOA.
[03:41.32]One difference is that Jackson served in the U.S. military, Young said.
[03:48.84]He fought in battles against Native Americans and, later, against British forces.
[03:57.13]Trump, on the other hand, is a billionaire businessman from New York City.
[04:03.15]In Young’s words, Trump is “a city boy with absolutely no experience in military matters.”
[04:12.87]"Jackson was ‘one of the people,’ definitely not a city boy,” Young said.
[04:20.79]Margaret O’Mara is a professor of history at the University of Washington in Seattle.
[04:28.86]She said Trump’s populist-conservative message does resemble that of Andrew Jackson’s.
[04:37.87]O’Mara said, “Trump is extraordinary.”
[04:41.41]And the country, she said, has never elected a populist quite like him before.
[04:49.73]O’Mara said it is still too early to predict Trump’s place in history.
[04:57.87]"It is too soon to make judgments about his place in presidential history.
[05:04.10]That will depend on what he does, how he does it," O’Mara said.
[05:10.88]I'm Caty Weaver.