As many surprised voters react to Donald Trump’s unexpected successful election to the presidency, many are now left wondering: “What’s next?”
While there is often a disconnect between what Trump says and what he does, he did release a plan for his first 100 days in office last month, the details of which have many experts expressing serious alarm over how America’s 2017 will play out.
The very first pledge he made was to cancel “every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum, and order issued by President Obama.” Faced with constant obstruction by the Republican Congress, Obama was forced to use executive orders to push forward various issues on his agenda.
“That’s a problem I don’t think the left really understood about executive orders,” Trump campaign adviser, Stephen Moore, told The New Yorker. “If you govern by executive orders, then the next President can come in and overturn them.”
Some of Obama’s most prominent executive orders include the creation of the Syrian refugee program, increased regulations on greenhouse gas emissions for the nation’s power plants, giving same-sex couples the right to take family medical leave, and halting the deportations of illegal immigrant children.
Of course, Trump has also vowed to repeal Obamacare, which would strip over 20 million Americans of their health insurance.
Trump has also vowed to impose a 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports, officially branding China as “a currency manipulator” while also seeking a 35 percent tariff on Mexican imports. These tariffs would likely throw China and Mexico into a recession, possibly resulting in American businesses being banned from their markets, setting off a trade war that would result in widespread inflation, the loss of millions of jobs, the loss of hundreds of billions of dollars in exports, and ultimately, yet another American recession.
Trump has also pledged to deport 2 million “criminal illegal immigrants” on his first day in office, which has been calculated to cost $20.1 billion.
Trump has repeatedly vowed to build a southern border across the United States, and force Mexico to pay for it. Construction and upkeep of the wall is estimated to cost around $25 billion, and Mexico has already publicly declared that they will not be assist in financing this wall.
Trump has also pledged to cut all federal funding to “sanctuary cities,” which are cities whose local policies do not prosecute people only for being an undocumented immigrant. He will also cut all payments to United Nations climate-change programs which, in addition to likely signaling an increase in U.S. emissions, will also cut budgets of U.S. universities and laboratories dedicated to studying climate-change.
These are only the most dramatic of what he has said he would do in his first 100 days, and he will enjoy a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate as he sets out to accomplish his agenda.
“We look forward to working with him,” McConnell said. “I think most of the things that he’s likely to advocate we’re going to be enthusiastically for.”