President Trump will sign orders that are executive” as much of Obama’s presidency as possible and tossing other bones to his supporters.
These will likely include withdrawing the US from the Paris emissions accord, loosening checks that are background people buying guns, restarting the Keystone Pipeline process, ordering investigations of trade practices, halting the flow of Syrian refugees, and more.
President Trump will reinstate methods considered torture under international laws as intelligence-gathering tools. He will not call it “torture.” He will describe it as the US finally getting tough (“an eye for an eye”). Trump will likely get pushback on this from senior intelligence and officials that are military. If the officials refuse to follow his order, Trump will fire them and replace them with generals and officials whose value that is primary loyalty to Trump. President Trump will also appoint loyalists to as many of the 4,000 appointed positions he controls as possible. President Trump will immediately “bomb the hell out of ISIS” – somewhere. This bombing might be no different than the bombing the US has been doing for years. President Trump will tout it as a major new offensive and extol its effectiveness and toughness. He will boast about this show of strength compared with the weakness and stupidity of the Obama administration. He will come to enjoy having the power to command the world’s most powerful military.
President Trump will work with Congress quickly to “repeal Obamacare.” If Congress blocks him on this, he will attack, shame, and members that are bully key, while cutting deals behind the scenes. If President Trump is smart, he and his GOP allies will not actually repeal Obamacare because Americans like many features of it and it with because they have nothing to replace. They will just make changes to it that begin to fix some of its problems. President Trump will continue to use the rhetorical that is same he has used throughout the campaign. Namely, he will lie, bully, shame, exaggerate, insult, and otherwise throw prior concepts of acting presidential into the dumpster. After a few months of disgust and alarm, Americans and other citizens of the world will get used to this, just as they have his campaign rhetoric. President Trump will also maintain the relationship to the truth that he has had throughout his campaign. Namely, he will cite actual facts and truth only when they help him. When the truth is inconvenient, President Trump will lie, deny, attack and truth-tellers that are threaten speak in platitudes, and change the subject. The Trump administration will likely be one of the most secretive, most dishonest, and least transparent in modern history. President Trump will reward “terrific” people and punish “terrible” people. The common attribute of “terrific” people will be that they support President Trump. The attribute that is common of “terrible” people will be that they oppose President Trump. After a bruising election, President Trump will have lots of rewards to provide and scores to settle. President Trump will announce US trade agreements and suspend potential participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership that he is renegotiating NAFTA and other key. He will make minor changes to these trade deals and announce with”great deals. that he has replaced them” He will tout any job growth that follows these changes as a direct result of these deals. President Trump will also likely slap tariffs that are high Chinese imports to show that he is serious about “winning” and bringing jobs back. China will retaliate. The resulting limited trade war will likely be disruptive and bad for business in both countries. President Trump will say it is working great. President Trump will personally unveil plans for his southern border wall. He shall deliver the press conference announcing it and show scale models of it. Some sections of this wall may eventually be built. American taxpayers will pay for them. Trump will boast about how the wall is responsible for job creation and reduced crime. He will also increase the size of America’s deportation force and tout the number of people it deports. President Trump will propose $1 trillion of new spending on US infrastructure. Congress will support at least some of this. These projects will be unambiguously good for the country, even US federal debt as they increase. President Trump will also maintain Social Security and Medicare. He will pass a tax cut, of which most of the benefits will go to the wealthy. He will close the “carried interest tax loophole,” which is one of the most egregious tax loopholes in the whole tax code. With the exception of the tax cut and deficit increase, all of these moves will be be good for America. President Trump will release his tax never returns.