President Donald Trump’s first 100 days
In a YouTube video released Monday, President-elect Donald Trump spoke directly to the nation outlining his policy plans for his first 100 days in office.
A President’s first 100 days are perhaps the best chance to reshape the nation according to his agenda and vision.
Everybody wants to know what kind of president Donald Trump will be and a lot will depend on what kind of coalitions he can build among democrats and republicans who opposed him during the campaign.
After years of divided government, republicans for the first time since 2007 have control of the White House and both houses of Congress.
“There is certainly the opportunity to break the logjam and accomplish things, political consultant Tom Shepard said.
It remains to be seen if Donald Trump will rise to the challenge and there are signs that we are beginning to see a different Donald Trump than during the brutal and negative campaign that was more personal than policy.
Shepard sees a pragmatic streak in trump stemming from his experience in business.
“It appears that he’s getting down confronting some of the more outrageous and unrealistic promises he made during the campaign,” Shepard said. “He’s getting down to actually trying to figure out how to make things happen, and to do that in Washington takes building coalitions.”
In the YouTube video, Trump said his, “agenda will be based on a simple core principal putting America first.”
He mentioned trade: “I’m going to issue a notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
He will attack regulations that stifle business: “On regulations I will formulate a rule that says for every one new regulation two old regulations must be eliminated.”
On national security: “On national security I will ask the Department of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs to develop a plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyber attacks.”
On immigration there was no mention of building a wall.
“his rhetoric about immigration, building a wall, has now transformed into a conversation about the propriety of certain classes of visas,” Shepard said.
Trump is moving on from the campaign to governing.
“I think he’s thinking of many different things as he prepares to become the President of the United States, and things that sound like the campaign are not among them,” Shepard said.
Shepard says trump will begin with executive actions so he can show immediate progress.
“His best strategy — and I think this is what he’ll wind up pursuing — is to pick a few high profile hot button issues where he can score some quick victories and demonstrate that he is able to make things happen.”
Shepard says trump has already identified areas where he can accomplish things and he’s back peddling on areas where he can’t make as much progress, at least in the first 100 days.