Enacting Donald Trump's Campaign Pledges

by Cheryl A. Kosek
CVR Communications Committee Chair

In Armageddon, Dick Morris argues that Donald Trump has what it takes to triumph at Armageddon and save America.  By definition, this involves decisive conflict or confrontation. This is never easy, of course, and demands that we hold everyone accountable, from the bottom up.  Republicans now control a record number of state legislative chambers, with the GOP retaining majorities in the U.S. House and Senate.  The GOP holds 67 of the 98 state legislature houses, including both lower and upper chambers in 32 states, and there are now 31 Republican governors.  The experts have been repeatedly stating if he stays “on track,” Trump should be successful in accomplishing his “key” campaign promises.

Here are seven of Trump’s stated objectives for his first 100 days in office.
  1. Cancel Obama executive actions on immigration and guns.
Trump has promised to rescind Obama’s immigration and gun executive orders, terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) “immediately.”
  1. Ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.
Instead of the Affordable Care Act, Trump said he’d establish tax deductions for health care premiums, allow the purchase of health insurance across state lines and create block grants for state Medicaid programs.  A significant rollback is feasible and likely with Republican control.
  1. Suspend immigration from “terror-prone” countries and implement “extreme vetting.”
Trump said the United States needs to screen members of terrorist organizations and vet “any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles – or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law.”
  1. Renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement or withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
As president, Trump would have the authority to bow out of both trade deals, but going back to the drawing board for new agreements is unlikely, experts have stated.
  1. Impose tariffs.
Trump promised to introduce the End the Offshoring Act within his first days in office by imposing tariffs on goods made abroad.  It’s unclear how high these tariffs would be (he’s previously floated rates between 20 to 40 percent) and where they would apply. 
  1. Build a wall and have Mexico pay for it.
Trump would introduce the End Illegal Immigration Act.  This act would fully fund construction of the wall by imposing the cost on Mexico.  Illegal re-entry under the act would result in minimum prison sentences of two years for general violations and five years for those with criminal records or a history of illegal re-entry.  (Under current immigration law, those prison sentences are the maximum terms).
  1. Enact the Trump tax plan.
Trump’s tax plan collapses the seven federal income tax brackets into three, reducing the top marginal rate from 39.6 percent to 33 percent, and lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 to 15 percent, among other things.  Given that Republicans control Congress, this plan also has a decent chance of passing with input from Congress, experts said.  

Note: This seven-point plan was taken from Truth-o-meter,, Nov. 10, 2016.