Less than 48 hours after officially being called as the winner of the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump is wasting no time in outlining his policies to the American people.
On Donald Trump’s transition website, GreatAgain.gov, he lays out the main points of his campaign policies and how he intends to make good on the promises he made to the American people. He also seeks to ensure the smooth transition of presidential power, which has been a democratic hallmark of the United States for more than 200 years.
Trump outlines 3 major sections to his policies including:
- Making America Secure Again
- Getting America Back to Work Again
- Government for the People Again
Each section contains various policies related to these themes, such as securing our nation’s border, tax/trade reform and veterans administration reform, all topics that Trump focused on during his campaign and promised to address.
Here is just a sampling from GreatAgain.Gov of some of Trump’s most talked about policies and how he will go about enforcing a positive change in these sectors.
Defense & National Security
America’s stature in the world is determined by its values, prosperity and might. Donald Trump understands how a strong, prosperous economy underwrites military might, and how a strong, robust military secures our way of life and the fruits of our economy. Mr. Trump recognizes that we cannot tackle challenges, especially threats to our security, unless we define the problem in a way that American resources and instruments of power can be applied against them.
A Trump Administration would execute on the following ten-point plan to restore integrity to our immigration system, protect our communities, and put America first:
- Build a Wall on the Southern Border
- End Catch-and-Release
- Zero Tolerance for Criminal Aliens
- Block Funding for Sanctuary Cities
- Cancel Unconstitutional Executive Orders & Enforce All Immigration Laws
- Suspend the Issuance of Visas to Any Place Where Adequate Screening Cannot Occur
- Ensure that Other Countries Take Their People Back When We Order Them Deported
- Finally Complete the Biometric Entry-Exit Visa Tracking System
- Turn Off the Jobs and Benefits Magnet
- Reform Legal immigration to Serve the Best Interests of America and its Workers
Free trade is good as long as it is fair trade. American workers are the best in the world. On a level playing field, we can compete, and win. Yet, too many American jobs have been lost over the last decade because of trade deals that do not put Americans first. Factories have closed and jobs have moved overseas because the government has imposed crushing regulations and taxes, while it negotiated trade deals that incentivized American companies to make things abroad, where environmental and labor protections are minimal and wages are low.
Tax Reform/Economic Vision
Anyone who fills out a tax form knows how harmful the U.S. tax code is today – punishing hard work, savings, and investment. American frustration with the tax code has prompted two decades of Washington, D.C. blue ribbon commissions and detailed plans to reform the code. These efforts have not changed the tremendous burden Americans face in complying with the U.S. tax code. If a tax code were designed to punish hard work, thrift, and investment, the current U.S. tax code could serve as a blueprint.
Republican efforts to reform the code since 2008 have been blocked in one way or another by a hostile White House and Democrat congressional leadership. They believe Americans should pay more in taxes, not less. While there is bipartisan recognition on an urgent need to reform the tax code now, there also is a growing consensus that presidential leadership will be required to achieve success. A Trump Administration tax plan can be summarized as lower, simpler, fairer, and pro-growth.
The website makes clear any confusion or doubts people may have had about Donald Trump actually fulfilling his promises to his voters once he’s in the White House. The website also has a headline titled, “Help Wanted: 4,000 Presidential Appointees”, which is calling for individuals to fill important leadership and policy making positions, as the “old guard” will be heading out the door next year with the change in administrations.
Today, president-elect Donald Trump met with Obama at the White House, while his wife Melania met with Michelle. Barack Obama has said publicly that he wishes to make the transition process as smooth as possible, but I’m hoping his staff doesn’t remove the “T” keys on all the keyboards like Clinton’s removed the “B” keys when Bush Jr. took office in 2001.
Although the media will likely continue to be critical of Donald Trump, as long as he makes good on his promises to his supporters, he will go down in history as one of the most effective president’s of our time and should easily coast into a second term. Under budget, and ahead of schedule.