At the beginning of each new presidency, a “100 day plan” is laid out for the American people in order to outline the new president’s most important goals while in office. During his campaign, Donald Trump was vocal in regard to how he will put America first and “drain the swamp” of Washington corruption. The following are a few aims and objectives Donald Trump will try to achieve during his first 100 days:
1) Appoint a Supreme Court Justice
Since the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia in February of 2016, Republicans and Democrats have argued over who has the power to appoint the next Supreme Court Justice. While President Obama scrambled to nominate Merrick Garland and shift the Court to the liberal end of the spectrum, the Republican majority in the Senate decided to not vote on his nomination, leaving us with only eight justices for nearly a year. Lucky for us, Donald Trump will appoint the next justice, who will likely be conservative and maintain the “balance” of the court as Justice Scalia did. Trump even released a list of possible contenders during the campaign, such as Keith Blackwell, Charles Canady, and Margaret A. Ryan.
2) Establish a better relationship with Israel
It’s no surprise that President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will repair our strained relations with Israel due to President Obama’s policies. Unlike many liberals, Donald Trump understands that we must stand with our allies like Israel, especially since they are the only democratic country in the Middle East. So far, Trump has been an open advocate for Israel on Twitter, advising it to “stay strong” until he becomes president, and attacking Secretary of State John Kerry for supporting the United Nation’s resolution to criticize Israeli settlements. Trump has also held various meetings and phone conferences with Netanyahu.
3) Withdraw from TPP
Withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is something that Donald Trump has talked about in many of his speeches. According to Trump, he will replace the trade agreement with “fair bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores,” as he believes the TPP is a breeding ground for special interests who want to destroy our country. The Partnership, which you can read more about here, is a trade agreement between the US and eleven other countries.
4) Reduce the power of the EPA
Just like any president, Donald Trump will “define” how powerful the EPA is. However, unlike President Obama, Trump has appointed a climate change denier as head of the EPA, and believes that the agency imposes far too many regulations on our economy. Trump promised he will cancel payments to the U.N. in regard to climate change programs, and withdraw from the Paris climate change accord.
5) Repeal and replace Obamacare
As of right now, President-elect Trump and his Republican Congress’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is already underway. Most recently, the Senate voted 51 to 48 to repeal Obamacare. Although Trump has condemned Obamacare for its “poor coverage and massive premium increases,” he also said he wants to keep certain parts of it in place. This includes protections for patients with pre-existing conditions and a measure that allows young adults under the age of 26 to remain on their parents’ insurance policies.
6) Restore national security
It is no surprise that one of Donald Trump’s most notable campaign promises was to restore our country’s national security. Trump’s National Security Act vows to rebuild and strengthen our military, defend against cyber attacks, and establish new screening procedures for those looking to immigrate to the United States.
7) End illegal immigration
Along with enhancing our national security, Donald Trump has vowed to put an end to illegal immigration. In many of his speeches, he has vowed to deport illegal immigrants who have violated the law. He has hinted that he would stop funding sanctuary cities. His Illegal Immigration Act also establishes a “2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions.” The Act also states that “the wall” will be built and that Mexico will reimburse the United States for it. Lastly, Trump said in a video that he wants to “investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.”
8) Undermine lobbyists and impose term limits
In order to rid Washington D.C. of its corrupt career politicians, President Trump will get rid of those that have controlled the “swamp” for so many years. As he stated in his 60 Minutes interview, “We’re doing a lot of things to clean up the system. But everybody that works for government, they then leave government and they become a lobbyist, essentially. I mean, the whole place is one big lobbyist.” Trump has already made sure members in his administration fill out a “termination of lobbying” form if they have such connections. Members must also remain “lobby free” for five years after his presidency. He has also stated many times that term limits must be put in place to prevent the cycle of corruption.