November 9, 2016 has recorded an unprecedented outcome of the most unpredictable elections in the 21st century. The race for the White House  has come to an end. Donald Trump has won the US 2016 presidential election. This election is the most controversial in the history of America as it saw to unlikely candidates reaching the apex of the race. Some even say it was an insane election.

With this winning, Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. It still remains a great surprise to many how a non-politician is now the president-elect of  the US even though his campaign was full of inconsistencies. The truth be told – America has chosen its leader.

It’s been a very tough race for both Trump and Hilary. But the ballots have spoken in favour of Trump. What display did Trump actually put up to reach this end? Being characteristically dramatic, he had some unconventional approaches to his campaign alongside the promises he made during the campaign trail. It is worth reminding our readers of some of the promises Donald Trump made as he hit the race course for the US 2016 presidential election.

1. ‘Build a wall’ — and make Mexico pay for it

Trump announced his candidacy with the promise “to build a great, great wall on our southern border” and “have Mexico pay for that wall,” and has repeated the call with conviction and consistency. But even his supporters have expressed skepticism that this centerpiece promise will see the light of day. An actual wall will be extremely costly, and it remains to be seen how Trump would force Mexico to pay for it.

2. Temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States

Following the December 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

In early May, Trump told the New York Times the ban would be in place by the end of his first 100 days in office. But on Fox News Radio a few days later, he said that it was “just a suggestion.” A month later, he recommitted to the ban, tweaking it to now encompass immigrants from “nations tied to Islamic terror.”

3. ‘Bring manufacturing (jobs) back’

Trump has said he will revitalize manufacturing in various iterations (i.e. “I’m going to be the greatest jobs president God ever created”) and laid out how in his June 28 speech on the economy.

“I am going to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (and) I’m going tell our NAFTA partners that I intend to immediately renegotiate the terms of that agreement to get a better deal for our workers,” he said. “I will use every lawful presidential power to remedy trade disputes, including the application of tariffs.”


4. Impose tariffs on goods made in China and Mexico

Warren Maruyama, a former general counsel to the U.S. Trade Representative under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, told us President Trump would have the authority under a variety of trade statutes to impose higher tariffs, but added “it would lead to a trade war and cost hundreds and thousands of jobs.”

Trump’s promise also violates international trade rules, and he’s yet to propose exiting the World Trade Organization. So assuming the United States stays in the club, Beijing and Mexico City wouldn’t take his blanket tariffs lying down and would almost certainly retaliate.

5. Renegotiate or withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement and Trans-Pacific Partnership

Trump has been most critical of NAFTA and TPP, pinning them to Clinton and past and future job losses.

President Trump would have the authority to bow out of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans Pacific Partnership. But such a move may not increase American manufacturing jobs; an expert  noted that leverage works in both directions.

“Countries like Mexico and Canada would have a list of things they’d want from the United States,” Alan Wolff, a former U.S. deputy trade representative under President Jimmy Carter. “These are balanced, hard-to-negotiate agreements.”

6. ‘Full repeal of Obamacare’ and replace it with a market-based alternative

Trump’s call to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a marketplace alternative is popular among rank-and-file Republicans. Larger majorities in Congress would be needed for repeal.

“If a Trump win is accompanied by Republican control of both houses of Congress, then some significant rollback is feasible and likely,” said John McDonough, a health policy professor at Harvard University.

7. Renegotiate the Iran deal

Similarly, Trump has a shot at delivering on his promise to “renegotiate with Iran” even though Iran has said it won’t revisit the issue. Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the nonpartisan Foundation for Defense of Democracies, sees Iran’s attitude as posturing and pointed out that there’s precedent for a follow-up talk.

“The Iranians are continuing to negotiate, demanding significant economic concessions,” Dubowitz said. “I have confidence both (Trump and Clinton) could renegotiate a better deal.”

8. Leave Social Security as is

Trump has said repeatedly that voters like Social Security, so it should be left alone. Unlike most of his primary rivals, Trump vowed to leave the retirement age and benefits intact.

“There’s no way a Republican is going to beat a Democrat when the Republican is saying, ‘We’re going to cut your Social Security’ and the Democrat is saying, ‘We’re going to keep it and give you more,’ ” Trump reportedly told House Speaker Paul Ryan, who wants entitlement cuts, in May.

9. Cut taxes

Under Trump’s proposed tax reforms, everyone would indeed get a cut. (The top 0.1 percent would receive more tax relief than the bottom 60 percent of taxpayers combined.)

Trump’s plan would bloat the federal deficit by at least $10 trillion over the next decade, even if you factor in economic growth.  This makes his promise of protecting Social Security harder to keep, given the program is one of the biggest line items in the budget.

On average, experts scored the Trump tax plan’s chances of passing as a D. The campaign has said the details of his tax plan are subject to change, and would soon announce a new policy. It hasn’t yet done so.

10. ‘Bomb’ and/or ‘take the oil’ from ISIS

A twist on his decade-old idea to seize Middle Eastern oil as repayment, Trump repeatedly made this promise on the campaign trail, arguing it’ll cut off funding to ISIS.

The United States has already been bombing oil assets under ISIS control for quite some time, though.

Above are the promises of Donald Trump, winner of the US 2016 presidential election. Let’s stay put and see what he makes of his presidency.

Afro Hustler says congratulations to the president-elect and wishes him all the best in his new position.

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