Wednesday 22 November 2017

Dismantle Obamacare, cut spend on poorest and tackle immigration - buckle up for first 100 days of Trump

US President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters, accompanied by his wife Melania, during a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida. Photo: Don Emmertdon/Getty.
US President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters, accompanied by his wife Melania, during a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida. Photo: Don Emmertdon/Getty.

Al Hunt

Buckle up. The next 100 days in Washington will be tumultuous.

Donald Trump and leading Republicans plan to overwhelm the 115th Congress, which convened yesterday, with a mind-numbing array of changes. By the end of April, they hope to have confirmed a new Supreme Court justice, cleared a huge infrastructure measure, and be well on the way to enacting big and permanent tax cuts along with sharp cutbacks in spending on domestic programmes affecting the poor. They may throw in some education reform and immigration crackdowns.

On his first day in office, after being sworn in on January 20, Mr Trump is expected to issue sweeping executive orders that undo many of the actions taken by President Barack Obama on issues such as the environment and immigration.

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