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After just a few weeks in office, Donald Trump has totally changed the United States. ZEIT ONLINE is following the events in Trump-land in a series of Instagram (you can follow us HERE!) and Facebook posts. For a period of 100 days, we will be asking Americans to describe the developments from their personal perspective, why they fear the changes and what hopes they have for the new president.

Nic Vetter has placed her hopes more on Angela Merkel than on Donald Trump. Our reporter Karina Rozwadowska met with the television producer ahead of the German chancellor's visit to Washington, D.C. The 30-year-old says: "I hope she can help us Americans help ourselves."

Harold Whittier, by contrast, is pleased with the new president's policies, particularly with Trump's plans to build a wall along the Mexican border. "I've had to fight for everything in my life," says Whittier, the owner of a trailer park in Arizona. That's why he doesn't want people to be coming to the U.S. illegally and that "they don't pay taxes, take the money to Mexico and then disappear."

On the other side of the border, Alicia Guevara Perez runs a soup kitchen in the Mexican town of Heroica Nogales for people intending to cross the border into the U.S. "The trip through the desert is extremely dangerous," she told our reporter Christina Felschen. "But compared to what these people have experienced at home, it's nothing."

Social worker Molly Freiberg from Philadelphia contacted us from a train on the way to Berlin. She says she read in the New York Times that even puppies are suffering under Trump.

Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar award-winning film "Moonlight," recently thought that the U.S. was on the right track. Now, he's not so sure anymore.

As a gay man in the state of Utah, Brian Glaze doesn't always feel safe. Worse than the insults, though, is that a "big whiny baby" is now in the White House, he says.

Retiree Jean Holman, by contrast, who lives nine months of the year at an Arizona campground with her husband, hopes that Trump will re-establish "law and order."

Renee B. has great hopes for Trump. She expects fewer illegal immigrants to enter into the country. "I would personally help Trump build a wall to Mexico," the retiree from Monrovia, California, told our reporter Lucas Negroni.

Samuel Brin, the brother of Google's founder, Sergey Brin, doesn't agree. He fears that Trumps policy will lead to more terrorism.

Many in the U.S. are deeply worried. Humam Imesh, for example, who came to the country three years ago from Syria and now fears that his fiancée, who is currently in Turkey, will not be allowed to join him in the United States.

Entrepreneur Philippe Marquet of California is more outraged than anything else. He told our reporter that he wants to calculate exactly how many of his tax dollars will be used in the construction of the planned wall along the Mexican border – and withhold precisely that amount from his tax payment.

We have to confront Trump with the facts, argues Mark Serano, a student who suffered from a childhood condition that left his speech and ability to walk partially impaired. "Trump publicly made fun of people with disabilities and then simply denied it afterward," he laments.

Baboo, on the other hand, who runs a fine art printing shop in New York, views Trump positively. His hopes lie in the president's economic policies and what they could do for the country.

"I often ask myself these days how my country could change so quickly," American musician Mark Roman, who has lived in Germany for five years, tells us. "Or is it just that I have been changed by Germany?"

Jacob Taylor, a 26-year-old public relations agent in Connecticut, wrote to us that the travel ban on Muslims evokes memories of his own family history. Taylor’s great grandparents were Jews. They fled from Vienna to the United States with his grandfather. "If the U.S. had refused them entry back then, I wouldn’t be here today."

We will continue introducing you to more Americans until the end of April. You can find the portraits on ZEIT ONLINE’s Instagram account (you can follow us here) as well as on Facebook.