As the 2016US Presidential Election’s long & divisive campaign is over, attention turns to President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda.
All eyes will be on what goals Trump’s administration will set at the top of its list and what it will accomplish.
What the president-elect didn’t address in his victory speech was immigration.
“To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people,” he told a cheering crowd in New York on Wednesday, Nov 09, in his victory speech.
“It is time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans, and this is so important to me,” Trump added.
Throughout the campaign, Trump boldly promised a whole list of goals which he will achieve in his first 100 days.
Trump has promised to:
o Appoint judges “who will uphold the Constitution” and “defend the Second Amendment.”
o “Multibillion-dollar investment in the nation’s infrastructure.”
Build a wall on the southern border and restrict immigration “to give unemployed Americans an opportunity to fill good-paying jobs.”
“Stand up to countries that cheat on trade, of which there are many” and crack down on companies “that send jobs overseas.”
o “Repeal and replace job-killing Obamacare – it is a disaster.”
o Lift federal restrictions on energy production
o “Immediately suspend the admission of Syrian refugees.”
o “Order a review of every single regulation issued over the last eight years.”
o “Begin lifting all regulations that are hurting our workers and our businesses.”
o “Terminate every single unconstitutional executive order signed by President Obama.”
‘Drain the Swamp’
In the subsequent 99 days, Trump has promised to “drain the swamp” – the campaign’s term for rooting out corruption in Washington. A major pledge of his is a “constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.” Representatives and senators may currently serve an unlimited number of two- and six-year terms, respectively.
Additionally, Trump has proposed a law barring government officials from lobbying the government within five years of their service and prohibiting lobbying by those officials on behalf of foreign governments. He also said he will institute a hiring freeze to reduce the size of the federal government. Campaign finance reform would take the form of forbidding foreign lobbyists to raise money on behalf of campaigns in the U.S.
Trade and Foreign Policy
“We don’t win on trade” was a frequent refrain heard at Trump rallies, and in response, the real estate mogul has said he will renegotiate NAFTA and withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He said he will direct his secretary of the treasury to pursue action against Chinese currency manipulation.
Trump has said he will renegotiate the Iran nuclear deal, call a NATO summit to update the organization’s mission and rebalance members’ “financial commitments,” cancel payments to the United Nations’ climate-change programs and divert that money to domestic infrastructure improvement.
The Republican has vowed to increase investment in the nation’s military and be “unpredictable” when it comes to fighting ISIS in the Middle East. On the campaign trail, he frequently criticized Obama for announcing military actions before their commencement.
Taxes and Domestic Issues
On taxes, Trump pledged “the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan.” The Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 and Tax Reform Act of 1986, passed during Reagan’s presidency, simplified the tax code and lowered marginal tax rates by more than 20 percent for most citizens. Trump indicated that he will seek to reduce tax brackets from seven to three and called for business tax rates to be reduced to 15 percent.
In line with the “law and order candidate” label he assigned himself, Trump said he will increase police training programs and create a task force on violent crime.
Also Read the full text of the 100-day plan Trump’s campaign released in October, 2016.