How President-elect Donald Trump intends to “Make America Great Again”

BY SONALEI AMADOR

STAFF WRITER

 

President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. Photo courtesy of AP Images
President-elect Donald Trump gives his victory speech during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York.
Photo courtesy of AP Images

President-elect Donald Trump made a string of promises during his long campaign to be the 45th president of the United States but has shifted his stance on a number of key issues.

Trump has stirred America with his position on certain American issues, such as immigration and global warming. Now that he is President-elect, he has changed his mind on several of his controversial campaign promises. Some elements of his campaign, like global warming, remains unchanged.

Below is a list of issues on which President-elect Trump has shifted his stance:

Obamacare: Trump intended to extend healthcare to the estimated 15 percent of the country that is not covered. President-elect Trump had repeatedly promised to repeal and replace the act, but within two days of his election he softened his approach.

Trump said he had reconsidered repealing the entire act and replace it with something “terrific” that is “so much better, so much better, so much better,” telling CBS he wanted to keep the “strongest assets.”

He wants to knock down the regulatory walls between states for health insurance, making plans available nationally instead of regionally.

The wall: Trump’s vow to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border was one of the most controversial of his campaign promises. He also insisted that the Mexico would pay for it. The scheme has been scaled back although Trump has already admitted some parts will be fenced.

Ban on Muslims: Trump initially promised to ban all Muslims entering the U.S., but switched to “extreme vetting” after he became the party’s presidential candidate. Instead, Trump has replaced the policy with suspending visas, “to any place where adequate screening cannot occur, until proven and effective vetting mechanisms can be put into place.”

According to Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, federal prosecutor and top Trump adviser, an outright ban on any Syrians entering the country would remain. Trump said that he wants to temporarily ban most foreign Muslims from entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

Deportation of illegal immigrants: Trump repeatedly told his supporters that every single undocumented immigrant of which there are 11.3 million “have to go.”

As polling day approached, his stance began to soften slightly. He confirmed the plan had been scaled back to only two to three million deportations of people who, “are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers.”

Next is a list that illustrates Trump’s unchanged campaign promises:

Abortion: Trump has said he is pro-life, and future appointments to the Supreme Court would be as well. This could mean Roe v Wade may be revoked, making abortion harder to access.

Global warming: Trump wants to cancel payments to United Nations climate change programs. He also wants to lift production limits on coal production and has indicated that he will withdraw from the Paris agreement. The Environmental Protection Agency might also disappear.

Trade deals: Trump vowed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a deal currently under negotiation with Europe.

Label China a currency manipulator: Trump has vowed to do this on his first day in office.

Eliminate common core: Trump has said it’s “a disaster” and a “very bad thing.” Trump says he wants to give local school districts more control and might even eliminate the Department of Education.

Birth control: Trump has been adamant about defunding Planned Parenthood.

Marijuana: Trump wants to make medical marijuana widely available to patients, and allow states to decide if they want to fully legalize the drug or not.

Gun freedom: On his first day in office, Trump said he would get rid of gun-free zones at military bases and in schools. He wants to get rid of bans on certain types of guns and magazines so that “good, honest people” can own guns of their choice.

Trump also claimed he would fix the background check system used when purchasing guns to ensure states are properly uploading criminal and health records. He said he would use “common sense” to fix the mental health system and prevent mass shootings and find ways to arm more of the “good guys” like him who can take out the “sickos.”

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