Donald Trump’s plans may lack detail, but he built his campaign around a few big promises that he is almost certainly going to forge ahead on. They represent a drastic shift in direction for the country and a rolling back of signature Obama administration achievements. With his party in full control of Congress, there is little standing in the way of Trump moving forward with much of his agenda. Here are five things to watch for:
Build the wall: The proposal to build a massive wall on the border with Mexico was a central promise of the Trump campaign. However unlikely it may be that such a wall effectively blockades the border – or is bankrolled by Mexico, as Trump has vowed – it’s a pledge Trump cannot walk away from. Trump’s broader immigration plan is more complicated. While his election undoubtedly puts on ice the loosening of immigration laws championed by Obama, the Trump proposal to deport millions of immigrants here illegally will immediately be met by logistical challenges and bipartisan political opposition that could prove insurmountable. Trump himself has walked back from his call to ban all Muslims from entering the country. Though he has vowed “extreme vetting” of immigrants from nations coping with terrorism threats.
Repeal Obamacare: Congressional Republicans have tried multiple times to push through legislation killing Obamacare. This will cause an outcry on the left and wreak havoc in the states, particularly as Republicans have not offered an alternative that would prevent the millions of Americans newly insured through the program from losing access to care. But the legislation is teed up and ready to go. And Trump has promised to sign it.