The first things President Trump could do: Erase Obama

Trump will be inaugurated on 20 January 2017.

Donald Trump is likely to repeal many of Obama's policies. Picture: AP Photo

Throughout his campaign, Trump’s policies have shifted and changed, and even close advisers don’t believe he’ll follow through on everything he’s promised.

But in October he put forward concrete policy proposals and said the public would be voting on his “100 day plan” for his first days in office.

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Here’s what we could expect.

Erase Obama

The Trump campaign has already developed something called the “First Day Project”, which involves undoing a number of “executive orders” – legally binding orders directly issued by Obama – and bringing in new ones.

Stephen Moore, a campaign adviser and senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told the New Yorker in September: “We want to identify maybe twenty-five executive orders that Trump could sign literally the first day in office.” Candidates for a quick reversal or suspension could include: The Paris Agreement on climate change, the Syrian refugee programme, restrictions on gun purchases.

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President Barack Obama waves to supporters as he leaves the stage. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Deport millions of immigrants

Trump would aim to deport between five and six million undocumented immigrants quickly.

In September, he announced a policy which would swiftly remove around half of the 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in the United States, prioritizing those who had committed crimes and those who have overstayed their visa.

President Barack Obama waves to supporters as he leaves the stage. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

He would do so through tripling the number of immigration and customs enforcement agents and developing what he calls a “new special deportation task force”.

Eventually removing all 11 million would require around 15,000 immigration arrests a day, and the American Action Forum estimated it would cost $600bn. But Julie Myers Wood, head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement during the Bush administration, said it was not impossible: “It’s not as binary as some people suggest.. you could think of some very outside the box options.”

Build The Wall

He has promised to build “an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall”, made of steel and concrete between 35 and 50 feet tall, between the US and Mexico.

Roll back trade agreements

Trump is no fan of trade agreements, and wants to withdraw form the North American Free Trade Agreement which controls trade with Canada and Mexico, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and possibly withdraw from the World Trade Organisation.

Immigration checks

Trump recently scaled back his proposed “ban on Muslims” to a proposal to screen out any immigrants “who have who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles—or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law.”

He has also said he will impose a minimum jail sentence of two years for anyone who enters the country illegally, which would rise to five years for those who have been deported twice or who have prior felony convictions.

Cut taxes

A priority would be to cut business tax rates – adviser Stephen Moore told the New Yorker he recommended Trump do this within his first 100 days.

Trump’s broader economic plan is to cut taxes across the board to stimulate the economy.

Sue his accusers

During a speech announcing his 100-day plan, Trump promised to sue those who had accused him of sexual misconduct: “Every woman lied, the events never happened and all of these liars will be sued after the election.”

Bomb Isis

In September, Trump said he will give his top generals one month to “submit to the Oval Office a plan for defeating Isis”.

He has previously said he would “bomb the s***” out of them, and focus on bombing oil fields.

Drain the ‘Washington swamp’

Trump wants to reform politics in Washington and create a government “of, by and for the people”, in a quote taken directly from Abraham Lincoln.

He promised to bring in a five year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave.

He also wants a hiring fees on federal employees except for those working in military, public safety and public health.

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