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Expect the Unexpected: Trump's First 100 Days
12/28/2016 Election Raymond Z
keywords: Congress Trump ACA

For many, the days leading up to Inauguration Day on January 20th, 2017 will feel like clicking up that first giant hill of a roller coaster. It's what will happen in those first 100 days of the Trump presidency, however, that may determine the tone of his entire administration. It is time to expect the unexpected.

What He's Already Said

In a pre-election speech in Gettysburg, PA, candidate Trump addressed goals for his first 100 days, which included three broad goals. There are “drain the swamp” related goals, including term limits for members of Congress. There were “protect American worker” legislation that among other things, provided a way to "build the wall” between the U.S. and Mexico. Finally, there were the repeal Obamacare measures.

While some of his goals are expected to receive support from Republicans, as far as setting term limits for Congress, this may be his biggest challenge. In an article posted on the National Public Radio (NPR) website , Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is quoted as saying "I would say we have term limits now...they're called elections." But then, what else could we expect the reaction to be from people who are allowed to vote on their own jobs and salary?

Then, just weeks after the election, Trump released details of his 100 day plan with no mention of building a wall, repealing Obamacare, or many of the other previously stated actions where he would need the help of Congress. Instead, his first goals now seemed to focus on ones he could reach through “executive actions”. CNN details some of these proposed executive actions in a late November 2016 story. http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/22/politics/trump-first-100-days-plan/

So What Can We Expect to Start the Trump Presidency?

If Trump pursues an executive action strategy, that is not likely to sit well with either side. The reality is, he will ultimately need the support of Congress. Yes, he finds some empathy and even support from many Republicans on some of his agenda, but he still faces a rocky path through much of what he wants to accomplish.

We may be front row witnesses to "The Art of the Deal" in the first 100 days. Ask for a “big beautiful sixty-foot wall” and then suggest a fence may be suitable in some areas. Perhaps, ultimately, it's stiffer immigration regulations we end up with. Shout “Repeal Obamacare!” and then suggest “portions” of it are worth keeping, Ultimately, we may end up with a revised version of the ACA. That leaves us with the "drain the swamp" term-limit thing. Another negotiation tactic? Expect the unexpected.  

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