Domestic issues are likely to top President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda for his first 100 days, as he backs up his pledge to improve Americans’ economic lot with tax relief, while tossing onerous executive orders and regulations, and replacing Obamacare, veteran D.C. operatives said.
Trump has laid out an ambitious plan for just his first day in office, including canceling every “unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order” issued by President Obama, lifting restrictions on energy production, and beginning to remove “criminal illegal aliens.”
In the 99 days to follow, Trump has said he will push “massive tax reduction and simplification,” including a 35 percent middle-class tax cut; tariffs on goods made by companies that relocate overseas to dodge taxes; replacing Obamacare with health savings accounts that allow purchasing across state lines; and a border wall — paid for by Mexico or Mexican immigrant remittances.
GOP operative Ford O’Connell, who advised John McCain’s 2008 campaign, said, “One of the things that drives Trump is he wants to be a success. I don’t think he’s going to necessarily get crazy right off the bat.” He expects Trump to act to “repeal what he sees as job-killing regulations,” address the Supreme Court vacancy, and repeal Obamacare.