Trump’s Proposed Policies
Now that Donald Trump has gained the Presidency of the United States, we look at his proposed policies with regards to trade, immigration and foreign and social policy. That said, there has been no confirmation, as of yet, that these proposals will be put into action.
Donald Trump over the course of his campaign seemed keen to renegotiate trade deals and change America’s relationship with trans-national institutions. He was opposed to both the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); he also signalled his disproval of NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) which facilitates trade with Canada and Mexico. Out with trade, Trump has called into question the capability of NATO, and the worthiness of other members of the Alliance who are deemed to have not contributed enough to collective security. He is willing to open dialogue with Russia.
With healthcare, Trump, during his campaign, had the intent to repel Obamacare. He is unlikely to be successful in repelling it. However, Trump has proposals which include the facilitating insurance that can be bought across state lines, a patient centred healthcare system which promotes choice, and increased drug imports.
In terms of education, Trump wishes to improve school choices for students, and federal investment to this programme. Enabling the funds to follow the student through their education. Out with education, Trump wishes to reduce state funded access to contraception and will oppose the use of Medicare for abortions for low-income women. He wishes to appoint a pro-gun Supreme Court judge to replace Scalia. One of Trump’s first possible acts will be to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, and he has proposed to cut all federal climate spending.
As President, Trump has pledged to pursue a temporary ban on the migration of people from regions deemed a threat to national security, coupled with extreme vetting. In addition to a walled border between Mexico, the legality of these proposals could be challenged by the Courts.