Mr Donald Trump, who will become the 45th President of the United States, has vowed while on the stump to unravel many of his predecessor's policies and implement several controversial ones of his own. A look at what he has said he would do when he gets to the White House:
- Renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and withdraw the US from the "job-killing" Trans-Pacific Partnership, a pact signed by 12 countries, including Singapore.
- Impose trade tariffs of up to 45 per cent if China fails to drop its "predatory" practices.
- Impose a tax to deter US companies from shipping its operations - and jobs - abroad.
LAW AND ORDER
- Build a wall on the border with Mexico and make Mexico pay for it.
- Immediately begin the process of deporting illegal immigrants with criminal records.
- Introduce "extreme vetting" of people looking to immigrate to or visit the US, including a screening test to weed out those who do not "share our values and respect our people". The measure may involve a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country.
- Stop issuing visas to people coming from parts of the world where "adequate screening cannot occur". He named Syria and Libya as two such places.
- Resume the use of waterboarding and rely on other methods of "strong interrogation" in the US' fight against terrorist suspects.
- Review obligations to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Mr Trump said he may not guarantee protection to fellow members in Europe who come under attack, and would help only if that country had fulfilled its "obligations" within the alliance.
- Withdraw troops from Europe and Asia, including Japan and South Korea, if those allies fail to pay more for US protection.
- Strengthen the US military and deploy it in the East and South China Seas. "These actions will discourage Chinese adventurism that imperils American interests in Asia and show our strength as we begin renegotiating our trading relationship with China," Mr Trump has said.
- "Bomb the hell" out of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
ECONOMY AND JOBS
- During his first 100 days, Mr Trump said he would work with Congress to introduce measures to grow the economy by 4 per cent a year and create at least 25 million new jobs. One of the measures he has floated is deep tax cuts.
•Boost infrastructure spending by up to US$1 trillion (S$1.39 trillion) over 10 years through public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives.
ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
- Lift restrictions on production of US$50 trillion worth of US energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
- Cancel billions in payments to United Nations climate change programmes and use the money to "fix America's water and environmental infrastructure".
- Repeal the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. President Barack Obama's signature policy has brought health insurance to about 12.7 million people who would have struggled to afford medical cover but it has also pushed up insurance premiums for Americans not on government assistance. Mr Trump said he would replace this with another system that would give more power to states over how to handle funds. But Republicans could be hard-pressed to muster the 60 votes needed to win passage for a repeal effort through the 100-seat Senate.
- Amend the Constitution to limit the term of all members of Congress.
- Impose a hiring freeze on all federal employees, and limits on lobbyists, including a total ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for US elections.
- Appoint a special prosecutor to reopen the investigation into Mrs Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state and put her in jail, although his Democratic rival has been absolved by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of wrongdoing.
This article was first published on November 10, 2016.
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