The Trump Presidential Agenda

During the campaign Trump promised to repeal Obamacare; that does not mean that national healthcare is dead.  

“Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced,” Trump told the WSJ.

Trump has said he is considering retaining parts of outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama’s health care law, including provisions letting parents keep adult children up to age 26 on insurance policies and barring insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

Trump is also proposing slashing corporate income taxes by one half to 15% and making other large concessions to corporations especially multinationals. Trump also told the Wall Street Journal he would create jobs through infrastructure projects and improved trade deals, and would preserve American jobs by potentially imposing tariffs on the products of U.S. companies that relocated overseas.  The moves are intended to lure large multinationals to return their head offices and many billions of dollars to the United States.  

International Policy

  1. Trump is intent on greatly escalating efforts to destroy Islamic Extremism  
  2. Changing the regime in Iran 
  3. Having an extremely close relationship with Israel and with Egypt
  4. Achieving a mideast peace deal is a Trump priority.  U.S. President-elect Donald Trump called ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “the ultimate deal” in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Friday, stating that he hopes to be the one to resolve the situation.“As a deal maker, I’d like to do … the deal that can’t be made. And do it for humanity’s sake,” Trump said. Since his election, he has addressed the conflict a number of times.

    The president-elect told Israel Hayom on Thursday that he believes his administration “can play a significant role in helping the parties to achieve a just, lasting peace — which must be negotiated between the parties themselves, and not imposed on them by others. Israel and the Jewish people deserve no less.”

  5. Negotiating a new world order with a New Federal Europe as a counterbalance between East and West with Russia, and 
  6. Extricating the US from NATO into an alliance with only Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Egypt.

Trump and Egypt’s Sisi

When it comes to Egypt, Trump is all praise for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Trump touted the “chemistry” the two politicians shared during a special meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September.

“I thought it was very productive. He’s a fantastic guy,” Trump said of Sisi.

“I thought it was a great meeting. We met for a long time, actually. There was a good chemistry there. You know when you have good chemistry with people. There was a good feeling between us.”

He went on to praise Sisi’s handling of the Egyptian military coup of July 2013 that removed Egypt’s first civilian president Mohamed Morsi from power, a bloody transition that saw more than a thousand protestors killed.

“He took control of Egypt. And he really took control of it,” Trump said.

Days prior, Trump lavished Sisi with praise, expressing support for the leader’s “strong support for Egypt’s war on terrorism, and how under a Trump administration, the United States of America will be a loyal friend, not simply an ally, that Egypt can count on in the days and years ahead.”

In return, Sisi expressed confidence in Trump’s leadership and was the first Arab leader to congratulate the president-elect on Wednesday, saying he hoped Trump would “pump new life” into Egyptian-American relations.

The Trump Transition Team

Vice president elect, Mike Pence, former Indiana governor, who spent 22 years in Congress, leads the transition team for selecting the new government.  Pence is replacing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who will become a vice chairman of the transition effort.

A 16-member transition advisory committee will also work close to Trump. It is composed of his closest campaign advisers and loyalists, daughter Ivanka, her husband Jared Kushner, his two adult sons, Donald and Eric, former New York Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, strategic director Kellyann Conway, and ex-Breitbart News chairman Stephen Bannon.

The last two are floated for the key post of White House chief of staff along with NRC chairman Reince Priebus, another hot contender.

Among the anticipated picks for Trump’s cabinet are Ben Carson, who ran in the Republican primaries, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is the leading contender for attorney general, according to two sources familiar with the discussions.

Campaign sources say that Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions could serve as defense secretary, Gingrich may be named as secretary of state and retired general Michael Flynn could serve as national security adviser.

Outgoing New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte is also being considered as defense secretary, according to a Washington Post report.

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is a strong candidate for White House chief of staff, according to sources close to the campaign. Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon, a conservative media executive, is also being considered for the job

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