President-elect Donald Trump has a long list of campaign promises voters will be go looking for him to fulfill when he takes office.
Donald Trump has been elected as the 45 th president of the United States of America and, as he prepares to take over on Jan. 20, 2017, he has a long listing of campaign promises to make good on.
Americans are no stranger to these sorts of pledges, which are pushed out in an effort to get elections. We're also used to seeing them violated, from George H.W. Bush's infamous “Read my lips , no new taxes” line to Barack Obama's pledge to close Guantanamo Bay.
And Donald Trump has amassed quite a bold, controversial list of promises, ranging from his dubious promise to make Mexico pay for his perimeter wall to the threat to appoint a special attorney to analyse Hillary Clinton.
He's also defined apparently impossible economic objectives and has said he'd bring back waterboarding as an interrogation technique despite the fact it's been prohibited as torture, promises that will be hard for him to keep.
Here, then, are some of Trump's most concerning and ambitious campaign pledges. Take a deep breath.
Besides expanding the border patrol and avoiding immigrants from coming in to the country, Trump also wants to boot at least 5 million undocumented immigrants out.
Trump also made a priority of ending “sanctuary cities, ” those places that have policies or laws restriction how much local government agencies can work with federal authorities on immigration issues.
He promised to vet and select immigrants to admit to the U.S. based on the likelihood of their success in the U.S ., turning immigration into an audition process.
He's soften his anti-Muslim stance, though merely a little, calling to ban immigration “from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism”( which would, presumably, include countries the Great Britain and France ).
Trump has promised to cancel executive orders issued by President Obama, which include increased regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from plants and applying the Family Medical Leave Act to same-sex couples.
Another staple of Trump's domestic platform is the long-standing Republican threat to repeal the Affordable Care Act( aka “Obamacare”) and create a “dynamic” national marketplace rather than the present regional market.
Trimming up the federal government has been promised, most notably in a promise to eliminate or reduce the roles of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education.
Trump wants to provide $20 billion for a new school choice program with a “national goal of school choice to every one of the 11 million school aged children living in poverty, ” which would expand charter and private school options for low-income students.
With talk of fill potholes and fixing bridges, Trump has promised to to redirect globalization funds to rebuilding and improving domestic infrastructure.
Trump has promised to side with powerful industry interest and roll back what he considers intrusive federal regulations, like the Waters of the U.S. Rule, which determines which waterways are overseen by the EPA, and the EPA's Clean-Power Plan, which regulates the amount of carbon dioxide power plants produce.
A vocal critic of NAFTA, the free trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, Trump has said he will renegotiate terms of the treaty or will pull the country out of the agreement.
To the NAFTA point, he's specifically pledged to prevent Ford Motor Company from opening a factory in Mexico or levy huge tariffs against the automaker.
Trump has also promised to implement steep taxes on imports, including a rate of 45% on China.
Without many details, if any, he's promised to create 25 million new jobs.
Trump has made a similarly specifics-light pledge to reach a 4 percent growth rate for the economy after initial 3.5 percent growth per year.
A childcare plan that allows mothers to deduct child-care expenses from their income taxes, give new mothers six weeks of paid leave, and an Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income families.
He wants to reform background checks for gun buys and implement right to carry in all 50 states.
Creating a “Cyber Review Team” made up of members of “the military, law enforcement, and the private sector, ” whatever that entails, is Trump's primary proposal to fight hacking and cyber crimes.
Trump has focused on a dramatic build-up of the U.S. military, including 540,000 active U.S. Army soldiers, new missile defense system, and a full audit of the Pentagon.
Oil is a big focus for Trump, including his promise to drill into the nation's reported ” $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves” by increasing offshore drilling and drilling on federal lands.
Trump has further promised to have the United States become energy independent from OPEC and “any nations hostile to our interests.”
Additionally, Trump has spoken on his plans to confiscate oil deposits in Iraq.
Trump has constructed pledges in the war on terror that have raised eyebrows, including his pledge to “take out” the families of terrorists and bring back torture protocols, like waterboarding, as interrogation techniques.
Continuing his controversial platform with regards to relations with Muslims, Trump has promised to createa Commission on Radical Islam to explain aspects of Radical Islam to Americans.
He will apparently “crush and destroy ISIS” like it's NBD.
Amidst rumors of the Trump's campaign connections to Russia, Trump has suggested an alliance with Russia to defeat ISIS.
In another effort to fight ISIS, Trump has promised to try to shut down internet service in areas of the world occupied by ISIS.
Trump has also said he would keep U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan even though he acknowledged the war was a “mistake.”