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What the presidency of Trump portends for America


Notwithstanding the scorn that first greeted his presidential bid, Donald J. Trump has so far defied naysayers to clinch the Republican ticket and is so far, giving the Democrats’ flagbearer, Hilary Clinton a run for her money.

The much scorned candidate who many dismissed as a joker who had no chance has effectively clawed his way into reckoning, sending some shivers down his initially dismissive opponents’ spine.

Though the election is not due until months, with campaigns currently at a fever pitch, examines what America would be like if indeed, Mr. Trump continues to defy common logic to become the 45th American president.

Here are 50 promises of the many made by Donald Trump during his campaign to the American voting public.`

  1. The Trump Wall: Mr. Donald Trump will build a wall along the southern borderthat’s taller than any ladder and one foot taller than the Great Wall of China. This “artistically beautiful” wall will be constructed out of hardened concrete, rebar and steel, and it will be “the greatest wall that you’ve ever seen” — so great that the nation will likely one day name it “The Trump Wall.”
  2. Force Mexico to pay for the wall: He insists that if Mexico refuses, the United States will impound all remittance payments taken from the wages of illegal immigrants, cut foreign aid, institute tariffs, cancel visas for Mexican business leaders and diplomats, and increase fees for visas, border-crossing cards and port use.


  1. Merry Christmas: “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again” in America


  1. Bin Obamacare: Trump will get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something “terrific”that is “so much better, so much better, so much better.”


  1. No Supreme Leader for Iran’s leader: “I guarantee you I will be never calling him the Supreme Leader… I’ll say, ‘Hey baby, how ya doing?’ I will never call him the Supreme Leader.”


  1. Take care of women: “I will take care of women,and I have great respect for women. I do cherish women, and I will take care of women.”
  2. Knock down the regulatory walls between states for health insurance,making plans available nationally instead of regionally.


  1. Rebuild America’s aging infrastructure— especially bridges and airports that look like they belong in a third-world country —for one-third of what the United States is currently paying for such projects.


  1. Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cutting benefits.


  1. Temporarily ban most foreign Muslims from entering the United States“until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” Trump would allow exceptions for dignitaries, business people, athletes and others who have “proven” themselves.


  1. Bar Syrian refugees from entering the country and kick out any who are already living here.Trump says wealthy Persian Gulf nations like Saudi Arabia should pay to set up a heavily guarded “safe zone” in Syria.


  1. Heavy surveillance of mosques in the United States.Trump has said he’s open to the idea of closing some mosques.


  1. Create a database of Syrian refugees.Trump hasn’t ruled out creating a database of Muslims in the country.


  1. Never take a vacation while serving as president.


  1. Prosecute Hillary Clintonfor her use of a private e-mail server while serving as secretary of state.


  1. Make medical marijuana widely available to patients, and allow states to decide if they want to fully legalize pot or not.


  1. Stop spending money on space explorationuntil the United States can fix its potholes. Encourage private space-exploration companies to expand.


  1. Pick Supreme Court justices who are “really great legal scholars.”


  1. Strengthen the militaryso that it’s “so big and so strong and so great” that“nobody’s going to mess with us.”


  1. Be unpredictable.“No one is going to touch us, because I’m so unpredictable.”


  1. Work with Russia: Allow Russia to deal with the Islamic State in Syriaand/or work with Russian President Vladimir Putin to wipe out shared enemies.


  1. “Bomb the s— out of ISIS.”Also bomb oil fields controlled by the Islamic State, then seize the oil and give the profits to military veterans who were wounded while fighting.


  1. 23. Target and kill the relatives of terrorists.


  1. Shut down parts of the Internetso that Islamic State terrorists cannot use it to recruit American children.


  1. Bring back waterboarding,which the Obama administration considers torture. Trump has said he’s willing to use interrogation techniques that go even further than waterboarding. Even if such tactics don’t work, “they deserve it anyway, for what they’re doing.”


  1. Find an “out” clause in the Iran dealand then “totally” renegotiate the whole thing.


  1. Oppose the killing of journalists:“I hate some of these people, but I would never kill them.”


  1. Find great generals — like the next Gen. Patton or Gen. MacArthur — and do not allow them to go onto television news shows to explain their military strategy:“I don’t want my generals being interviewed, I want my generals kicking a–.” Trump likes generals who are rough, foul-mouthed and beloved by their troops.


  1. Fire “the corrupt and incompetent” leaders of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairsand dramatically reform the agency. Allow veterans to take their military identification card to any medical facility that accepts Medicaid patients to receive care. Embed satellite VA clinics in rural hospitals and underserved areas, and ensure than every VA hospital is permanently staffed with OBGYN doctors.


  1. Bring back jobs from China— and Mexico, Japan and elsewhere.


  1. Aggressively challenge China’s power in the worldby declaring the country a currency manipulator, adopting a “zero tolerance policy on intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer” and cracking down on China’s “lax labor and environmental standards.”
  2. Replace “free trade” with “fair trade.”Gather together the “smartest negotiators in the world,” assign them each a country and renegotiate all foreign trade deals.


  1. Force Nabisco to once again make Oreos in the United States.And bully Apple into making its “damn computers” and other products here.


  1. Impose new taxes on many imports into the country.Numbers thrown around have included 32 percent, 34 percent and 35 percent.


  1. Grow the nation’s economyby at least 6 percent.


  1. Ensure that Americans can still afford to golf.


  1. Allow corporations a one-time window to transfer money being held overseas, charging a much-reduced 10 percent tax.


  1. Get rid of most corporate tax loopholes or incentives, but continue to allow taxpayers to deduct mortgage interest and charitable donations from their taxes.


  1. On his first day in office, Trump would get rid of gun-free zones at military bases and in schools.


  1. Use “common sense” to fix the mental health system and prevent mass shootings.Find ways to arm more of the “good guys” like him who can take out the “sickos.” Get rid of bans on certain types of guns and magazines so that “good, honest people” can own the guns of their choice.


  1. Sign an executive order calling for the death penalty for anyone found guilty of killing a police officer.


  1. Provide more funding for police training.


  1. Provide more funding for drug treatment, especially for heroin addicts.


  1. Deport the almost 11 million immigrants illegally living in the United States.


  1. Triple the number of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.


  1. 46. Continue to allow lowly paid foreign workers to come to the United States on temporary works visasbecause Trump says they are the only ones who want to pick grapes.


  1. End birthright citizenship.


  1. Say things that are politically incorrect,because the country does not have time to waste with political correctness.


  1. Make America great again— and strong again, as it has become too weak.


  1. Bring back the American Dream.


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