Donald Trump’s Day 1 To-Do List

On the morning of Jan. 21, 2017, his first full day in office, President Donald J. Trump will take a minute to settle behind the 19th-century Resolute desk, first used in the Oval Office by John F. Kennedy.

Then he will get very busy — if he follows through on his campaign promises for what he will do on his first day in office.

On Day 1, Mr. Trump has promised, he will redirect immigration enforcement, alter trade relations with China and other nations, relax restrictions on energy production, impose new rules on lobbyists, halt efforts to combat global warming, lift curbs on guns, push for congressional term limits and demand a new strategy for defeating the Islamic State. He may face some legal and procedural hurdles, but most of his Day 1 pledges involve issuing presidential directives, executive orders or memorandums that do not need legislative approval.

Although Mr. Trump and his top advisers have appeared to moderate some of his broader campaign pledges — they have suggested he might keep parts of the Affordable Care Act, delay building a wall along the border with Mexico and not appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s emails — Mr. Trump has said nothing to indicate that he will not make good on his explicit Day 1 promises, many of which he delivered in his “Contract With the American Voter” during a speech in late October in Gettysburg, Pa.

Moving quickly is, after all, a modern presidential tradition. On his first day in office, President Obama imposed lobbying rules, closed secret interrogation facilities, banned torture and ordered the prison at Guantánamo Bay closed (an order that Congress has blocked to this day). Bowing to conservatives, on his first day, President George W. Bush ended funding of overseas clinics that provided abortion services.

Here is what Mr. Trump has said he will do:

Immigration

Nowhere has Mr. Trump been more specific than in his desire to deal with immigration on his first day. During a campaign rally on Aug. 31 in Phoenix, he told the crowd that he would instruct his administration to begin deporting illegal immigrants with criminal records immediately.

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An undocumented immigrant boarding an Immigration and Customs Enforcement jet in Mesa, Ariz., before being deported, Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

“We will begin moving them out, Day 1,” he said. “My first hour in office, those people are gone.”

In fact, immigration enforcement agents at the Department of Homeland Security are already under a mandate from Mr. Obama to deport criminals. The executive actions the president took in late 2014 order officials to focus on deporting “national security threats, convicted felons, gang members and illegal entrants apprehended at the border.”

But Mr. Trump does have wide latitude to direct an even more aggressive deportation effort, and he appears determined to do so quickly. He has said he will immediately end Mr. Obama’s program that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as young children. But it is unclear whether Mr. Trump will seek to quickly deport the 700,000 or so people who signed up for the program, or merely refuse to accept new applicants.

He has said he also plans on Day 1 to suspend immigration from “terror-prone” countries, and to impose “extreme vetting” on others. And he has said he will immediately inform sanctuary cities — about two dozen American cities where officials have pledged not to prosecute people solely for being undocumented — that they will lose federal funding.

Economy and Trade

Much of Mr. Trump’s campaign was built on a promise to help struggling American workers who are frustrated by the loss of jobs, especially in the heartland.

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A brokerage house in Shanghai day after the election, President-elect Trump promised to tell his Treasury secretary to label china a currency manipulator, Photo: Aly Song/Reuters

The president-elect has said he intends to take several actions to pursue those policies on his first day, including announcing his intention to renegotiate or withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement and to stop pursuing adoption of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Both actions are well within Mr. Trump’s powers as president.

He has promised to pick up the phone and order his Treasury secretary to label China a currency manipulator, and to tell his commerce secretary to begin identifying foreign trade abuses.

He has also said he will call chief executives of major companies who have announced plans to move jobs overseas to warn them that he will impose 35 percent tariffs if they proceed. That promise may be difficult to keep: Tariffs require congressional approval, and the Constitution bans the imposition of taxes or tariffs specifically aimed at a single company.

The Environment

The president-elect has taken direct aim at Mr. Obama’s actions on the environment and climate.

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Gascoyne, N.D., where pipes for the planned Keystone XL pipeline were stored in 2014. President Obama rejected construction of the pipeline, but President-elect Trump has said he will approve it, Photo: Andrew Cullen/Reuters

Mr. Trump has said that on his first day in office, he will lift Obama-era rules that restrict where oil drilling and other energy production are done, although Mr. Trump may find it harder to change those plans than he thinks. In July, for example, Mr. Obama’s administration issued regulations making it harder to drill for oil in the Arctic by requiring extensive plans for containing spills. Undoing final regulations like the Arctic drilling rules would require a long legal process.

It may be easier to reconsider Mr. Obama’s ruling against construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring petroleum from Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. Mr. Trump has said he will indicate on his first day his desire to approve the pipeline. And he has promised to call United Nations officials the same day to inform them he is canceling United States’ financial commitments to United Nations climate change programs.

Other Day 1 Promises

At some point that day, Mr. Trump has said, he will convene a meeting of senior Pentagon officials to discuss the threat posed by the Islamic State and other terrorist groups. “I am also going to convene my top generals and give them a simple instruction: They will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for defeating ISIS,” as the Islamic State is also known, Mr. Trump said in Greenville, N.C., during the campaign.

The president-elect has also promised to act to get rid of gun-free zones around schools and other facilities, a nod to Second Amendment supporters. “My first day, it gets signed, O.K.?” he said at a January rally. “My first day. There’s no more gun-free zones.”

But that may be a tough promise to keep. Gun-free zones are a result of a 1990 law proposed by Joseph R. Biden Jr., then a senator, and ending them would require legislation that Congress is unlikely to pass on Mr. Trump’s first day in office.

It will be easier to make good on his promises to attack corruption in Washington. He has said he will propose term limits for members of Congress, impose restrictions on the creation of new regulations, and limit the lobbying activities of White House and congressional officials after they leave office.

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The future’s looking bright for the NRA under Trump

Of all the issues that Donald Trump ran on, the one he was arguably the most consistent and clear about was his support for Second Amendment rights. In return, the National Rifle Association committed to Trump wholeheartedly.

The NRA stood by Trump from the get-go. They backed him early on with a major spending campaign,” notes Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California-Los Angeles and the author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America. “They are tight with Trump Administration. They have their people in place and they know exactly what they’re going for.”

And now, with the prospect of a Clinton administration gone, gun advocates are celebrating. “I think the future looks pretty bright for us right now,” says Todd Rathner, a prominent gun rights lobbyist. Gun owners, he says, are eager to go on the offensive. So what happens next?

Most immediately, President Barack Obama’s executive orders on guns will be gone. (Obama has signed orders requiring more gun sellers to conduct background checks, requiring dealers to report lost or stolen guns, establishing an investigation center to track online gun trafficking, and launching research into gun safety technology.) “They’re going to overturn almost everything that Obama did,” Winkler says.

Next up is the Supreme Court. When the NRA magazine America’s 1st Freedom asked Trump whether the Second Amendment will be a consideration of his in nominating the next Supreme Court justice, he replied, “100 percent. I will appoint judges who will preserve our Second Amendment rights.” Gun owners are salivating at the implications of Trump’s first Supreme Court appointment, though not necessarily for obvious reasons. The death of Justice Scalia, the court’s most avid supporter of the Second Amendment and the author of the Heller decision, was a blow to the gun lobby. Yet even with Scalia in the court, there was not sufficient support to review the constitutionality of unsettled issues like assault weapons bans, high capacity magazine bans, and restrictions on concealed carry. “These are all issues that arose when Justice Scalia was still on the court, and the court did not have the four votes necessary to take any of those cases,” Winkler says. “The fact that his replacement will be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment doesn’t really change the dynamic of the Supreme Court. But what it does do is extend that support for the Second Amendment for the next 30 years. That’s a big win for the NRA.”

Rathner agrees. “The bottom line is that this whole election for gun owners in general was all about one thing: The Supreme Court,” he says. “All of these other things, these legislative issues, they come and go in terms of what administration and what legislative makeup you have at the time. But the effect that the Supreme Court can have on the Second Amendment is generational.”

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Donald Trump Says Recount Push Is Green Party Scam

Donald Trump called recent recount efforts lead by Green Party candidate Jill Stein a “scam,” in a statement released on Saturday.

“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein… to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never ever spend on this ridiculous recount,” Trump wrote.

According to CNN, Stein had raised $5 million by Friday.

“This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded,” Trump wrote, “and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.”

On Friday, Wisconsin election officials announced plans to move forward with a recount after Stein and Reform Party candidate Rocky De La Fuente submitted petitions.

Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Erik Elias wrote in a Medium post published Saturday that they “intend to participate” in the recount process in Wisconsin “in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.” Elias also wrote that the campaign will take the same approach if recount efforts move forward in Pennsylvania and Michigan as well.

Some experts have raised questions over the possibility that some elections systems may have been hacked, based on turnout data. Others have said that there is no evidence as of yet that such a hacking occurred. In the Medium post, the Clinton campaign said it had “not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology,” but still plan to participate in the recount process.

Trump quoted Clinton in his statement writing, “as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night… ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future.”

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All Of The Votes Have Finally Been Counted, Donald Trump Has Just Made Election History

Donald Trump has just officially won the great state of Michigan, making him the first to do so since George H. W. Bush in 1988 (that’s almost 30 years—this truly was a historic election).

This election saw the tightest race in Michigan’s electoral history. Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a total of 10,704 votes. This news comes after all 83 counties within the state finally had official verification from voting clerks’ offices.

The end result is a huge 306 electoral votes for Trump, and a measly 232 for Hillary (the worst the Democratic Party has done in decades).

The Michigan Secretary of State made an official statement regarding the entire process:

“Many people have asked about Michigan’s process for counting ballots and certifying election results. Please be aware that all 1,521 Michigan cities and townships completed ballot counting and reported unofficial results by the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 9.”

It’s clear that Trump’s success in many “Democratically-favored” areas came down to his promises to restore industrial vitality and create massive amounts of jobs.

In the midst of this great victory though, Jill Stein has initiated a full legal recount (with the funding of George Soros). Currently, no one is quite sure what will happen next. All that is certain, is that Trump won the election fair and square. If anything happens to change the outcome now, we will all witness the end of Democracy in the free world.

It is a great day for Trump in Michigan, but now the real race begins: can we make it to January 20th?

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(Source:conservativedailypost.com/Alex Cooper)
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Russia wants to improve US relations

Russia hopes to resume dialogue and bring relations with the US “back to a constructive course,” according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov, who said it would be “hard to make them worse.”

Asked by journalists about the Kremlin’s links with the US, Peskov said: “I’d like to remind you of President Putin’s words, numerous times he has talked about his wish to build good, mutually beneficial relations based on mutual respect and equality.”

“The President always said he expected a reciprocity from Washington,” Peskov added.”Now we know that our bilateral relations are at the bottom so it’s hard to make them worse, but we certainly hope for resuming a dialogue and we’ll start a difficult and slow process of bringing the relations back to a constructive course.

“Improving US ties with Russia was a key plank of US President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy during the election campaign.

Many in Russia had expected Hillary Clinton, who has been consistently critical of the Kremlin and is deeply unpopular in Moscow as a result, to sweep to victory on November 8.

Following Trump’s win, there are hopes of a fresh start though Trump told the New York Times this week that he was not looking to “reset” US-Russia relations.

Asked about Trump’s comments, Peskov referred to Clinton’s previous ill-fated attempt to “reset” relations while serving as Secretary of State.

“As for a reset, we can only agree with the President-elect because this word has embarrassed itself as the consequences of that reset are not the ones we’d like to see,” Peskov said.

“The term doesn’t matter. It’s about a will and showing the readiness for normalizing the relations — these are the most important things.”

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Donald Trump’s popularity reached an all-time high

Donald Trump’s popularity is rising in the days since his election, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll of registered voters.

Forty-six percent of voters now have a very favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of the president-elect. Twelve percent have a somewhat unfavorable opinion and 34 percent have a very unfavorable opinion of him.

It’s a dramatic uptick since the election. Trump’s favorability has grown 9 points, 37 percent to 46 percent, compared to a Morning Consult poll right before the election — while his unfavorability has dropped 15 points, from 61 percent to 46 percent.

President Barack Obama’s approval rating is also up. Fifty-four percent of voters approve of the job Obama is doing, while 43 percent disapprove. That’s up from 50 percent approving and 48 percent disapproving of Obama before the election.

“Trump’s favorability among voters has reached new highs since he became president-elect,” said Morning Consult cofounder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp. “This honeymoon phase is common for new presidents. For example, Obama saw about a 20 point swing in his favor following the 2008 election.”

Trump is also getting high marks for his transition effort. Nineteen percent of those polled believe it is more organized than past efforts and another 34 percent believe the transition is about the same, according to the poll that Morning Consult conducted Nov. 16-18.

“About half say Donald Trump’s presidential transition is as organized or more organized than previous administrations, whereas about one in three describe it as less organized than past transitions,’ said Dropp, though he noted that “many of the initial transition picks including Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions are still largely unknown to Americans.”

Still, three in 10 believe that Priebus was a strong choice as chief of staff (27 percent say it was weak). Only two in 10 believe Bannon was a strong choice (34 percent say it was weak).

The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll surveyed 1,885 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. Thirty-three percent of likely voters self-identified as Democrats, 32 percent as independents and 33 percent as Republicans.

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Donald Trump’s New York Times Interview: Full Transcript

Following is a transcript of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s interview on Tuesday with reporters, editors and opinion columnists from The New York Times. The transcription was prepared by Liam Stack, Jonah Engel Bromwich, Karen Workman and Tim Herrera of The Times.

ARTHUR SULZBERGER Jr., publisher of The New York Times: Thank you very much for joining us. And I want to reaffirm this is on the record.

DONALD J. TRUMP, President-elect of the United States: O.K.

SULZBERGER: All right, so we’re clear. We had a very nice meeting in the Churchill Room. You’re a Churchill fan, I hear?

TRUMP: I am, I am.

SULZBERGER: There’s a photo of the great man behind you.

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