Donald Trump is on his way to the White House, and like any of his predecessors, he will be judged on his actions as the leader “of the free world”.
Trump’s pledges to “make America Great Again” were built on a series of promises that galvanized his supporters. Usually, presidential candidates are careful with what they promise to do once elected.
But Trump hasn’t been your ‘average candidate’. And some of his promises were very important to his supporters.
Below are five key promises that Trump said he will do once elected President…
The wall and make Mexico pay for it!
Without question, this is the most important pledge made by Trump.
Trump made immigration a top focal point since he launched his campaign in June 2015, when he controversially claimed that Mexico was “sending rapists” across the border.
His solution was to build a wall along the southern border that “is taller than any ladder and one foot taller than the Great Wall of China”.
This ” beautiful” wall will be constructed out of hardened concrete, rebar and steel. Yes, it will be beautiful, but more importantly, Mexico will pay for it. So let’s not worry about the cost of building such a massive wall.
The “Trump Wall” will be part of the top 10 wonders of the world.
‘Lock her up‘ Clinton in jail?
“Crooked Hilary” will be sent to jail as soon as Trump takes his oath as the new President in January 2017.
The chant, “Lock her up”, basically became a ritual during Trump’s rallies. But Trump himself, told Clinton at the second presidential debate, that, once elected, he would instruct his attorney general “to get a special prosecutor to look into your “missing email” situation.” So that’s a pledge and most of his supporters will expect him to arrest “Crooked Hilary”.
Who will pay for it? The US taxpayer.
Muslim ban and immigration target
A few days after the massacre in San Bernardino, California, Trump made the following extraordinary comments:
“A total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Trump has since then, been very unclear on what he will do about Muslims, but he added that the ban will applied to any nations involved in terrorist activities.
According to the new Vice-President, Mike Pence, who considered the pledge as “offensive and unconstitutional,” Trump doesn’t support a total shutdown of Muslims entering the country, anymore.
Surely, many of Trump’s supporters will be disappointed with him for not targeting “Muslims”. However, they will likely be utterly outraged and shocked if he doesn’t deport “all illegal immigrants”.
Trump insisted that all undocumented immigrants would “have to go”.
It is estimated that 11m people are living in the country illegally.
Trump’s promise of deporting 11m so-called “undocumented migrants” will mean that the United States will have to deport around 2.75 million people every year or 7,535 people a day.
The cost of organising such a mass scale deportation of people is unknown and the new President hasn’t explained how he will finance or even organise it.
However, one thing is sure and that is is that the US taxpayer will pay for it if he decides to go ahead with his pledge.
Repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “terrific“.
Republicans have been trying to repeal Obama Care from the moment it was signed in 2010.
Now, with Trump in the White House, they have the man to finish the job and repeal it completely.
Trump said he will replace it with something “terrific” but he hasn’t said what he will actually do.
However, repealing Obamacare will mean that over 20m of the poorest American citizen will be left with no health insurance.
Technically, the US taxpayers will not pay for this, but the human cost is surely priceless?
Unravel NAFTA and TPP
Trump’s victory on Tuesday in the Rust Belt was mainly due to his pledge to unravel The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
It is this pledge that has made the difference in the battle between him and Clinton.
In states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, strong working class communities have seen a sharp and dramatic decline in manufacturing jobs, down by 50% in some places.
This was a decline that started right after NAFTA came into force in 1994. An agreement supported by former US President Clinton who claimed that it will create millions of jobs in the US.
Trump will not need Congress to kill NAFTA.
NAFTA’s Article 2205, simply says that a party may withdraw from the agreement six months after it provides written notice.
What will happen after is unclear as NAFTA dramatically changed the relationship between Mexico and the USA in at least two significant ways.
NAFTA virtually eliminated tariffs between the two countries, and made it easier for U.S. firms to invest in Mexico.
So, what would happen if Trump scrapped NAFTA? Would tariffs automatically go back to pre-NAFTA levels? Would U.S. investment be curtailed or blocked? Nobody knows.
US taxpayers may have to pick up the bill in some way or another but is practically impossible to know how much that will be.
However, Trump voters in Ohio will want him to deliver on his promise and will not forgive him if he doesn’t.
If Trump goes ahead with this top five pledges, then the United States will be a radically different country in 4 years’ time.
The country will have a massive wall paid by Mexico, a broken relationship with its Mexican business partners, millions of poor people in need of medical care dying as a consequence of repealing Obamacare, millions of migrants deported from the country and an ex- Secretary of State in jail.
Is this what you wanted, America?