When Donald Trump was elected president, for some Trump supporters, it was like Christmas in November. We had visions of repealed Obamacare and the wall dancing in our heads. But alas, when President-elect Trump released a video outlining plans for his first 100 days in office, Obamacare and the wall didn’t even get a mention. Many were left disappointed.
But take heart, the plan Trump revealed addressed ONLY what he would be able to do by way of reversing Obama’s stockpile of executive orders. Reversing and repealing Obamacare, and building the wall, are going to take time and an act of Congress. So we must be patient. All he’s legally able to do right now is go for the low-hanging fruit. And there’s sure a lot of that.
Here are some of the things Trump would like to do the first 100 days in office by way of executive actions:
- Withdraw from Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations — Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump was resolute in his position that TPP was a bad idea, calling it “a potential disaster for our country.” He wants to replace it with “fair, bilateral trade deals.”
- Cancel environmental restrictions — In Trump’s video on Monday he promised to “cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy, including shale energy and clean coal” and create “many millions of high-paying jobs.” This includes reversing Obama’s Clean Power Plan, dubbed by critics as a “war on coal.”
- Cut regulation on businesses — Trump says he will use a “rule that says for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated.”
- Guard against cyber attacks — Trump wants to put the hackers on notice. He says he will do this by creating a cyber-review team that consists of military, law enforcement, and private-sector members who will audit U.S. government systems’ security.
- Examine visa programs — While Trump insists the wall is coming, for now he said he will “investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker,” and institute mandatory minimum federal prison sentences for those re-entering the U.S. and those with prior criminal convictions.
- Enact lobbying bans — In this first attempt to “drain the swamp,” Trump will put in place bans on lobbying by requiring that government officials not engage in any lobbying for at least five years after they leave office.
So, while we have to remain patient about Trump’s promises to repeal Obamacare and build the wall, judging by the progress he’s made with everything else since he was elected, including his cabinet appointments, we shouldn’t have to wait long.