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Here Is Trump's Agenda For His First 100 Days In Office

| by Robert Fowler

What can Americans expect from President-elect Donald Trump’s first 100 days in the White House?

In October, the business mogul outlined an agenda that consisted of implementing his immigration policies, placing reforms on Congress, trade protectionism and gutting several signature achievements of outgoing President Barack Obama, NPR reports.

Mere weeks before pulling off a shocking upset victory on Nov. 8, Trump provided voters with a glimpse into his top priorities when he assumes office. The three overall themes of the plan were Washington D.C. reform, prioritizing American workers and bolstering the rule of law.

In his outline, President-elect Trump vowed to “clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, D.C.”

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The business mogul would seek a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on congressional lawmakers and place a hiring freeze on the federal government, with certain departments exempted. He would also seek to place a ban on lawmakers becoming lobbyists within the first five years after leaving office, a ban on foreign lobbyists being involved with U.S. campaign fundraising and a ban on White House officials becoming lobbyists for foreign governments.

Trump also would seek a requirement that whenever a new federal regulation is implemented, two more will have to be retracted.

The President-elect listed seven maneuvers to help elevate American workers, starting with renegotiating or withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and a complete withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Trump vowed to instruct his future secretary of the treasury to label China a currency manipulator and to order his future secretary of commerce to identify and root out and all trading abuses that negatively impact American workers.

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The President-elect also vowed to take measures that would drastically reverse President Obama’s efforts to help combat climate change, promising to lift the majority of regulations on fossil fuels, move forward on projects such as the Keystone Pipeline and cancel U.S. payments to the United Nations’ programs tasked with helping smaller nations implement alternative energy resources.

Trump also vowed to rescind every executive order signed by President Obama during his administration. These would include Obama’s temporary shielding of young undocumented immigrants who had spent the majority of their lives in the U.S. from deportation, his prohibition of the CIA using methods of torture, protections for LGBT Americans from housing and health coverage discrimination and protections on net neutrality, according to New York Magazine.

The President-elect will move swiftly to appoint a new Supreme Court justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia, whose seat was kept open by Senate Republicans refusing to hold hearings for President Obama’s appointee, Judge Merrick Garland.

On immigration, Trump vowed to swiftly cancel federal funding to any localities deemed to be sanctuary cities, deport more than 2 million undocumented immigrants en masse, and block immigration from countries that his administration deems terror-prone.

Lastly, Trump outlined his legislative agenda with the GOP-controlled Congress. Among his proposed bills are robust tax cuts, placing tariffs on countries that hire foreign workers, investing $1 trillion in U.S. infrastructure over the next 10 years, ending common core education, fully repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), constructing a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and dramatically increasing police presence nationwide and increasing funding of the U.S. military.

The Senate majority leader, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, signaled to reporters that his colleagues would not be particularly interested in Trump’s proposals to increase infrastructure spending and impose congressional term limits. Instead, they will prioritize the full repeal of the ACA.

Sources: New York MagazineNPR / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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