The First 100: Donald Trump's Plan Explained
A few days ago, after his electoral victory, President Elect, Donald Trump, released to the Internet what he calls his “contract with the people” which tells everything he hopes to accomplish in his first 100 days in office. However, some of the wording of his points as well as some of the issues themselves may be unclear to some, if not most. So, below, I have listed all of Trump’s proposals and a short explanation so that hopefully everyone can stay informed.
Propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.
Currently, as there is no term limits, members of Congress can be elected as many times as they want, theoretically. Trump wishes to limit this so that corrupt politicians cannot maintain their positions, and therefore give way to new ideas and members.
A hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);
Trump feels that by eliminating the number of workers employed by the federal government, the effectiveness of the federal government will increase, and meaningless spending will decrease.
A requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;
By doing this, government control will be diminished.
A 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;
A lobbyist is someone who tries to persuade members of the government to enact laws that will benefit them personally. They usually do this through donations of some kind. Through this ban, corruption can be prevented by former influential members of the government.
A lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;
This is aimed to keep legislation aimed toward the development of our own country.
A complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
This would prevent groups from foreign countries donating money to those running for political office and would therefore prevent corruption.
I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205
NAFTA is the North American Trade Agreement and has been around since 1994. Fundamentally, it eliminated trade barriers between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It sufficiently reduces the amount of costs that must be paid through trade between the three countries. It is criticized because it is said to benefit foreign countries more than American workers.
I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (or TPP) is a trade agreement between 12 countries, including Japan. It was meant to strengthen the ties between the countries and decrease the influence of China. It would increase the imports and exports of the United States, but US involvement with TPP was opposed by both Trump and Hillary Clinton during their campaigns because it does not protect American jobs.
I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator
Currency manipulation is a very big deal. Here’s a scenario: say there is a country that is selling more products than it buys. Normally, they would use that money to buy more products from other countries and increase trade, which makes their own money “strong.” However, when the country instead buys currency from other countries instead of products, it manipulates the market into thinking their own currency is “weak,” which is a huge problem for the world economy.
I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately
This one is pretty self-explanatory. He wants to further aid American workers that may be negatively impacted by trade agreements.
I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal
By doing this, he wants to increase the number of jobs as well as the number of energy reserves (another example of an energy would be solar power) that the United States has.
Lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward
This coincides with the above explanation. The Keystone Pipeline is an oil distribution pipeline that runs from Canada to various locations in the United States. There was going to be updates on the pipeline but it was rejected by President Obama in 2015 because of the impact it would have on the environment.
Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure
This is pretty self explanatory.
Cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama
During his presidency, there have been many times where President Obama used executive order (an order put out by the president using his own authority) on certain issues that Trump (and many others) feel are unnecessary and unlawful, particularly in regards to immigration.
Begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States
Justice Scalia was a Supreme Court justice who tragically passed away in early 2016. There has yet to be a replacement suggested by the president and it was understood that President Obama’s successor would be the one to do so.
Cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities
A sanctuary city is a city that does not prosecute people solely because they are an illegal immigrant. This is a way to stop aid and federal benefits from going to undocumented people.
Begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back
This is self explanatory. This was one of Trump’s main points during his campaign.
Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.
Vetting is the process of thoroughly investigating an individual, be it for a job, home, etc. However, in this case, vetting would be used for people wanting to gain entrance to the United States. By doing this, Trump is hoping to prevent further terrorist attacks on our country and to prevent dangerous individuals that wish to harm us from entering.
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