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« on: November 30, 2016, 01:05:55 pm »

from The Washington Post....

‘I will give you everything!’
Here are 282 of Donald Trump's campaign promises.

The president-elect made dozens of sweeping promises that voters expect him to fulfill.

By JENNA JOHNSON | 6:00AM EST - Monday, November 29, 2016

Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Sarasota, Florida, on November 7th. — Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press.
Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Sarasota, Florida, on November 7th. — Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press.

IN Donald Trump’s final days on the campaign trail, he promised his supporters that “every dream you ever dreamed for your country” will come true if he becomes president — one of dozens of sweeping promises he made and is now expected to fulfill.

In January, I compiled a list of 76 campaign promises Trump had made. Since then, the list has grown to 282, collected from Trump's speeches, public comments, tweets and campaign and transition websites.


1. Create at least 25 million jobs and “be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”

2. Bring back manufacturing jobs from China, Mexico, Japan and elsewhere. States that can expect a rush of jobs include Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada, New York and Virginia.

3. Encourage manufacturers to build or grow factories in the United States with tax incentives.

4. Refuse to eat another Oreo until Nabisco fully moves production back to the United States from Mexico.

5. Tell Ford's president that unless he cancels plans to build a massive plant in Mexico, the auto company will face a 35 percent tax on cars imported into the United States. Trump is confident he can get this done before taking office. (Trump has twice incorrectly said this has already happened.)

6. “Get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries.”

7. Call the executives at the parent company of Carrier, an air-conditioning manufacturer that is closing a plant in Indiana and moving to Mexico, and threaten to impose a 35 percent tariff on air conditioners imported into the United States. Trump predicts the company will say: “Sir, we've decided to stay in the United States.”

8. Bring back the steel industry to Pennsylvania and use American-made steel in all federal infrastructure projects.

9. Make the auto industry in Michigan “bigger and better and stronger than ever before”. Trump plans to return to the state each time a new factory or auto plant opens.

10. Bring the coal industry back to life in the Appalachian Mountain region.

11. Require employers to recruit “from the unemployment office — not the immigration office.”

12. Leave the federal minimum wage at $7.25 per hour, which is already too high.

13. Raise the federal minimum wage to $10 per hour, as $7.25 is too low and “the minimum wage has to go up.”

14. Allow states to set their own minimum wage.

15. “Under a Trump presidency, the American worker will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.”


16. “I'm going to be so presidential, you're going to be so bored.” He might also quit tweeting.

17. “I refuse to be politically correct.”

18. “My only special interest is you, the American people,” not major donors, the party or corporations.

19. “Be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

20. Pass on the president's annual salary of $400,000.

21. “I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.” Trump will make time for golf but promises to “always play with leaders of countries and people that can help us.”

22. “I promise I will never be in a bicycle race. That I can tell you.” (Trump has criticized Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who was injured while riding a bicycle amid the Iran negotiations.)

23. “In negotiation, you must be willing to walk…. When the other side knows you're not going to walk, it becomes absolutely impossible to win.”

24. “If I draw a line in the sand, I will enforce it.”

25. “I don't settle cases. I don't do it.” (This month Trump settled a fraud lawsuit against Trump University for $25 million.)

26. Fully focus on the presidency and put his three oldest children — Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump — in charge of running his company. (Trump has yet to take steps to fully isolate himself from his business, and his three oldest children have played a major role in his transition team. In an interview with The New York Times on Tuesday, Trump noted that he could legally continue running his business.)


27. Release his tax returns as soon as an Internal Revenue Service audit is complete.

28. Pass the Middle Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act, which will reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to four and lower income taxes for all. The highest earners would pay a 25 percent tax. Individuals earning less than $25,000 per year or couples earning less than $50,000 would not be charged income tax, although they would have to file a one-page form with the IRS that states: “I win.”

29. Lower the corporate tax rate to 15 percent and get rid of most corporate tax loopholes or incentives. Allow corporations a one-time window to transfer money being held overseas, charging a much-reduced 10 percent tax.

30. Eliminate the carried interest loophole for Wall Street, the federal estate tax, the alternative minimum tax and the so-called marriage penalty that affects some high-income earners. Continue to allow taxpayers to deduct mortgage interest and charitable donations from their taxes.

31. “We are going to have the biggest tax cuts since Ronald Reagan.”


32. Renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205.

33. On the first day in office, pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Obama's signature trade deal linking countries around the Pacific Rim.

34. Negotiate trade deals with individual countries instead of regions. Trump would gather together the “smartest negotiators in the world” and assign them each a country. Billionaire hedge fund manager Carl Icahn would be in charge of trade negotiations with China and Japan.

35. Identify all foreign trading abuses that affect American workers and “use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately.” This would include cracking down on “sweatshops in Mexico that undercut U.S. workers.”

36. Impose new taxes on imports into the country from companies that used to be based in the United States. Trump's most frequently cited number is 35 percent.

37. Impose a 45 percent tariff on Chinese products imported into the United States.


38. “We will double our growth and have the strongest economy anywhere in the world.” Grow the nation's economy by at least 4 percent per year, although Trump has also suggested he will boost growth to at least 6 percent per year — if not much higher.

39. Eliminate the $19 trillion national debt within eight years by “vigorously eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government, ending redundant government programs and growing the economy to increase tax revenues.”

40. Never default on this debt, as the United States can “print the money” or renegotiate the amount owed with creditors, as the self-described “king of debt” has done with his private businesses.

41. Cut the budget by 20 percent by simply negotiating better prices or renegotiating existing deals.

42. Implement the “Penny Plan”, which each year would reduce net spending by 1 percent of the previous year's total. Over 10 years, Trump says, this would reduce spending by almost $1 trillion. Defense and public safety spending would be exempt.

43. Immediately institute a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the workforce through attrition. There would be exceptions for those in the military, public safety and public health.

44. Order every federal government department head to “provide a list of wasteful spending projects that we can eliminate in my first 100 days.” Review each agency and then decrease the size of the “bloated government,” making it “leaner and more responsive to the public.”

45. Stop spending money on space exploration until the United States can fix its potholes. Encourage private space-exploration companies to expand.

46. Stop so-called zombie spending, in which the government funds programs that have had their congressional authorization lapse. By cutting 5 percent of this spending, Trump estimates he could save almost $200 billion over 10 years.

47. Collect unpaid taxes, which Trump says could be as much as $385 billion per year.

48. Crack down on improper government payments, which Trump estimates exceed $135 billion per year.

49. Dismantle the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which aims to prevent the excessive risk-taking that led to the financial crisis and was signed into law by Obama in 2010.


50. Issue a moratorium on new federal regulations that are not compelled by Congress or public safety. For every new regulation that is added, two existing regulations must be eliminated. And those new regulations must pass this test: Is this regulation good for the American worker?

51. Order agency and department heads to identify all “needless job-killing regulations” and then remove them.


52. “Completely repeal” the Affordable Care Act and replace it with something “terrific” that is “so much better, so much better, so much better.” Americans will have “great health care at a fraction of the cost”. Trump plans to call Congress into a special session to do this, which will likely be unnecessary.

53. Eliminate the individual mandate, as “no person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to.”

54. Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns.

55. Knock down the regulatory walls between states for health insurance, making plans available nationally instead of regionally. “Insurance costs will go down and consumer satisfaction will go up.”

56. Expand use of Health Savings Accounts, which allow workers to save money for medical expenses without having to pay federal income tax on those funds. These payments will be allowed to accumulate and can be passed on to heirs. These funds can be used by any member of a family.

57. Encourage states to establish high-risk pools to cover individuals who have not maintained continuous coverage.

58. Preserve Medicare and Medicaid but encourage states to root out fraud, waste and abuse. Provide states with block grants of Medicaid funds to provide more freedom in designing programs to assist low-income citizens.

59. Reduce the number of individuals on Medicaid and/or using the Children's Health Insurance Program. Trump would also cut any health care offered to undocumented immigrants.

60. Make medical marijuana widely available to patients and allow states to decide if they want to fully legalize pot.

61. Push the Food and Drug Administration to more quickly approve the thousands of drugs it is currently reviewing. Trump also wants to “advance research and development in health care.”

62. Bring down drug prices by importing cheaper medications from overseas and allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices.

63. Require price transparency from health-care providers so patients can shop for the best prices.

64. “You will be able to choose your own doctor again.”


65. Fully fund the construction of an “impenetrable physical wall” along the southern border with Mexico. The wall will be one foot taller than the Great Wall of China and “artistically beautiful,” constructed of hardened concrete, rebar and steel. The wall might cover only about 1,000 miles of the nearly 2,000-mile border because of natural barriers, and Trump is open to using fencing in some places.

66. Make Mexico pay for the wall, “100 percent”. If Mexico refuses, then the United States will impound remittance payments taken from the wages of undocumented immigrants, cut foreign aid, institute tariffs, cancel visas for Mexican business leaders and diplomats, and increase fees for visas, border-crossing cards and port use.

67. “Charge Mexico $100,000 for every illegal that crosses that border because it's trouble.”

68. “Find and dislocate tunnels” along the border.

69. Supplement the wall with “above-and below-ground sensors, towers, aerial surveillance and manpower.” Hire an additional 5,000 Border Patrol agents and expand the number of Border Patrol stations.

70. End “catch-and-release”. Anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed from the country.


71. On the first day in office, terminate President Obama's executive orders related to immigration.

72. Triple the number of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

73. Cancel federal funding to “sanctuary cities” that choose to not prosecute undocumented immigrants for being in the country illegally.

74. Create a Deportation Task Force.

75. Immediately deport undocumented immigrants who have committed a crime, are a member of a gang or pose a security threat. Trump estimates this is 2 million to 3 million people, although experts say the number is much lower.

76. Deport the millions of undocumented immigrants who are in the United States on an expired visa.

77. Deport undocumented immigrants who are benefiting from government assistance programs such as food stamps or housing assistance.

78. Issue detainers for undocumented immigrants who are arrested for any crime and immediately begin removal proceedings.

79. Do not grant amnesty to immigrants who are in the country illegally. “Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation,” and those wanting legal status will have to return to their home country and apply for re-entry.

80. Restore the Secure Communities deportation program, which was ended by the Obama administration in 2014. The program was a partnership among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that worked together to identify and deport undocumented immigrants.

81. “Expand and revitalize” use of Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows the Department of Homeland Security to deputize state and local law enforcement officers to perform the functions of federal immigration agents.

82. On the first day in office, ask Congress to pass “Kate's Law” — named for Kate Steinle, who was killed by an undocumented immigrant in San Francisco last summer — to “ensure that criminal aliens convicted of illegal re-entry face receive strong mandatory minimum sentences.”

83. Introduce legislation named for Michael Davis Jr. and Danny Oliver, law enforcement officers in California who were killed by an undocumented immigrant in 2014. Such legislation would hasten the removal of “criminal immigrants and terrorists.” (Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama introduced the Davis-Oliver Act in June 2015, but it did not go anywhere.)

84. Stop issuing visas to countries that refuse to take back citizens who immigrated illegally to the United States.

85. Allow “tremendous numbers” of legal immigrants based on a “merit system,” selecting immigrants who will help grow the country's economy.

86. Reduce the number of legal immigrants because it is “simply too large to perform adequate screening”, and these immigrants could be taking jobs away from American workers.

87. Expand the number of H-1B visas for highly skilled workers so that more of the “talented people” who graduate from Ivy League institutions can stay in the United States and work in Silicon Valley.

88. Get rid of the H-1B visa program because it's “very, very bad” for American workers.

89. Continue to allow lowly paid foreign workers to come to the United States on temporary work visas to pick grapes and work in seasonal resorts.

90. Institute “extreme vetting” of all immigrants.

91. End birthright citizenship, only granting citizenship to babies whose parents are legally in the country.

92. Sunset visa laws, forcing Congress to periodically review and revise them.

93. Strongly enforce visa expiration dates. Complete the biometric entry-exit visa tracking system, which has been authorized by Congress but has yet to be completed.

94. Strengthen and expand the use of E-Verify, which allows employers to check an employee's eligibility to work.

95. Urge assimilation because “our system of government, and our American culture, is the best in the world and will produce the best outcomes for all who adopt it.”

96. Accomplish more immigration reforms in a few months than politicians have accomplished in the past 50 years. With these reforms, Trump promises: “Crime will go down, border crossings will plummet, gangs will disappear, and welfare use will decrease.”

97. Make illegal immigration a “memory of the past”.


98. Be unpredictable and keep all military strategy a secret. “No one is going to touch us, because I'm so unpredictable.”

99. Put “different generals” in place because “under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, I think the generals have been reduced to rubble.” Trim military bureaucracy.

100. Find great generals — like the next General George Patton or General Douglas MacArthur — and do not allow them to go on television news shows to explain their military strategy. Trump prefers generals who are rough, foul-mouthed and beloved by their troops.

101. As soon as he takes office, ask Congress to repeal the defense sequester that limited the military's budget.

102. Strengthen the military so that it's “so big and so strong and so great” that “nobody's going to mess with us”.

103. Equip troops with the “best equipment known to mankind”.

104. Modernize and renew the nuclear weapons arsenal.

105. Grow the Army from its current size of 470,000 active-duty soldiers to 540,000.

106. Modernize and grow the Navy fleet to 350 surface ships and submarines. The Navy currently has 272 deployable battle-force ships.

107. Grow the Air Force to 1,200 fighter aircraft.

108. Grow the Marine Corps to 36 battalions, increasing the active-duty force from its current target of 182,000 to 200,000.

109. Involve all 50 states in rebuilding the military and developing new technologies. Create thousands of jobs building these new ships in Philadelphia, Portsmouth, New Haven, and Hampton Roads, Virginia. North Carolina's Research Triangle will also play a key role.

110. Develop a “state of the art” missile defense system and modernize naval cruisers to provide Ballistic Missile Defense capabilities. It will cost $220 million per modernization.

111. Leave troops in Afghanistan because it's such “a mess”.

112. Increase the U.S. military presence in the East and South China Seas.

113. Keep the military prison at Guantanamo Bay open.

114. Continue use of drone strikes but put a renewed emphasis on human intelligence in information gathering and utilize technology such as “3-D printing, artificial intelligence and cyberwarfare”.

115. Drop that “dirty, rotten traitor” Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl out of an airplane into desolate Afghanistan without a parachute. Trump has also suggested that Bergdahl be shot.

116. “I will not hesitate to deploy military force when there is no alternative. But if America fights, it must fight to win.”


117. Assemble a “cyber review team” of the best military, civilian and private sector cybersecurity experts to comprehensively review all systems and technology, starting with the most sensitive ones. The team will also remain current on new methods of attack and set up protocols for each agency and government officials.

118. Establish a training program for government employees to make certain they understand what defenses are available and utilize them. Punish those who violate classification rules, holding them responsible to the fullest extent of the law.

119. Solicit recommendations from the secretary of defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff for strengthening and augmenting the country's Cyber Command.

120. Order the Department of Justice to create joint task forces to coordinate responses to cyberthreats. (The FBI already runs “cyber task forces” in each one of its 56 field offices.)

121. Develop better cyberweapons.


122. Appoint a Department of Veterans Affairs secretary whose “sole purpose will be to serve veterans”.

123. Dramatically reform the agency. Fire “the corrupt and incompetent” leaders and make it easier for the secretary to fire people. Trump promises to protect and promote “honest employees” who highlight wrongdoing. These employees will also receive bonuses.

124. Create a commission to investigate “all the fraud, cover-ups and wrongdoing that has taken place in the VA.” Present these findings to Congress to spur legislative reform.

125. Create a White House hotline that is active 24 hours a day and is answered by a real person who will handle veterans' complaints of wrongdoing at the VA and “ensure no complaints fall through the cracks.”

126. Allow veterans to take their military identification card to any medical facility that accepts Medicaid patients to receive care. Veterans can also seek care “at a private service provider of their own choice.” Trump promises that: “Under a Trump administration, no veteran will die waiting for service. These days are over starting January 2017.”

127. Embed satellite VA clinics in rural hospitals and underserved areas, and ensure that every VA hospital is permanently staffed with obstetrics and gynecology doctors.

128. Increase funding for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and mental health issues. Increase the number of mental health professionals.

129. Ensure that undocumented immigrants do not receive better health services than veterans.

130. Veterans who apply for a job at a VA facility will have five points added to their qualifying scores. For all jobs across the country, employers should consider veterans ahead of immigrants.

131. Invest more heavily in programs that help military veterans transition back to civilian life, including job training and placement services.

132. “Ensure our veterans get the care they need wherever and whenever they need it. No more long drives. No more waiting backlogs. No more excessive red tape.”


133. “A Trump administration will never ever put the interest of a foreign country before the interest of our country. From now on, it's going to be America first.”

134. Force other NATO countries to pay for more of their defense, and only come to the aid of other countries if those nations have “fulfilled their obligations to us”. In particular, Trump expects Germany, Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia to pay more for the security the United States provides.

135. Call a summit with NATO allies and a separate summit with Asian allies to discuss “a rebalancing of financial commitments” and adopting new strategies, such as upgrading “NATO's outdated mission and structure.”

136. Get along with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I hope that we get along great with Putin because it would be great to have Russia with a good relationship.” Trump would also look into lifting the sanctions imposed on Russia after its annexation of Crimea.

137. Communicate with North Korea's Kim Jong Un about his nuclear program, which would mark a major shift in U.S. policy toward the isolated nation. “I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him.”

138. Stay out of the Syrian civil war. Although Trump considers Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “bad”, he has said the United States has higher priorities. Around the world, Trump has said, he prefers stability over regime changes.

139. Reverse Obama's executive orders and “concessions towards Cuba until freedoms are restored.” Trump has pledged to “demand political and religious freedom for the people of Cuba.”

140. “Stand with the oppressed people of Venezuela yearning to be free.”

141. Help Haiti and its “incredible people” rebuild their country.

142. Be a “true friend to Israel”. Trump says the United States will “be working with Israel very closely, very, very closely.”

143. Do not throw a lavish state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping, as Obama did last year, and instead buy Jinping a “double-size Big Mac” and tell him “we gotta get down to work.”

144. If not properly welcomed into a foreign country, turn around and leave.

145. “It is time to shake the rust off of America's foreign policy. It's time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold.” Trump wants to “establish a foreign policy that will endure for several generations.”


146. Tear up the Iran deal and then “totally” renegotiate the whole thing.

147. Negotiate the release of all U.S. prisoners held in Iran before taking office. (Five Americans were released during the campaign, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian; Trump has claimed some credit for this.)

148. Refuse to call Iran's leader by his preferred title. “I'll say, ‘Hey baby, how ya doing?’ I will never call him the supreme leader.”

149. “Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon and, under a Trump administration, will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.”


150. “We can't continue to allow China to rape our country, and that's what they're doing.”

151. Direct the secretary of the treasury to label China a currency manipulator.

152. Instruct the U.S. trade representative to bring trade cases against China, both here and at the World Trade Organization. If necessary, apply tariffs against China consistent with Section 201 and 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

153. Adopt a “zero tolerance policy” for Chinese hackers and those who steal American intellectual property and ideas.

154. Crack down on China's “lax labor and environmental standards”.


155. Immediately ask the generals to present a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy the Islamic State.

156. Frequently use the term “radical Islamic terrorism”.

157. Call an international conference focused on how to halt the spread of the “hateful ideology of Radical Islam.”

158. Allow Russia to deal with the Islamic State in Syria and/or work with Putin to wipe out shared enemies.

159. Work with allies to cut off funding to the Islamic State, expand intelligence sharing and use cyberwarfare to disrupt and disable their propaganda and recruiting. Work closely with NATO and “our Arab allies and friends in the Middle East”. Partner with Israel, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi and “all others who recognize this ideology of death that must be extinguished.”

160. “Bomb the sh-- out of ISIS” and “knock them out.” Also bomb oil fields controlled by the Islamic State, then seize the oil and give the profits to military veterans who were wounded while fighting.

161. Target and kill the relatives of suspected terrorists, a violation of international law.

162. Shut down parts of the Internet so that Islamic State terrorists cannot use it to recruit American children.

163. Bring back waterboarding, which is widely considered torture, and use interrogation techniques that are “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” Even if such tactics don't work, Trump says, suspected terrorists “deserve it anyway, for what they're doing.” (Trump suggested after the election, however, that he was reconsidering his position because of a conversation with a general who opposed the tactic.)

164. Establish a Commission on Radical Islam that will include “reformist voices in the Muslim community” and will identify the warning signs of radicalization, educate the American public and develop protocol for police officers, federal investigators and immigration screeners.

165. Temporarily ban most foreign Muslims from entering the United States “until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on.” Trump would allow exceptions for dignitaries, business people, athletes and others who have “proven” themselves. Although Trump's aides, surrogates and running mate insist he no longer wants this so-called Muslim ban, Trump himself has yet to fully disavow the idea and it is still posted on his campaign website.

166. Temporarily suspend “immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism.” Order the Department of State, Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to develop a list of regions and countries to include. The list will likely include Syria and Libya.

167. Create an ideological screening test for all immigration applicants with the goal of keeping “radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country.” For example, immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan would be asked for their views on honor killings and sharia law, along with their opinions of women, gays and minorities.

168. Heavily surveil mosques in the United States. Trump has said he would “strongly consider” closing some mosques.

169. Encourage Muslim communities to “cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are bad — and they do know where they are.”

170. Deport those “who are guests in our country that are preaching hate.”

171. Aggressively investigate and charge anyone who lends material support to terrorism.

172. “Our administration will be a friend to all moderate Muslim reformers in the Middle East, and will amplify their voices. This includes speaking out against the horrible practice of honor killings.”

173. “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS's ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president because this would not have happened.”


174. Bar Syrian refugees from entering the country and kick out any who are already living here, as they might be “the ultimate Trojan horse”.

175. Create a database of Syrian refugees. Trump has also seemed open to the idea of creating a database of Muslims in the country, although his aides say that is not true.

176. Set up safe zones in Syria and then force wealthy Persian Gulf nations such as Saudi Arabia to pick up the bill. “They're gonna put up all the money. We're not gonna put up money. We're gonna lead it and we'll do a great a job. But we're gonna get the Gulf states to put up the money.”

177. Do not admit any refugees without the support of the local community where they will be placed.


178. Gut, if not eliminate, the Environmental Protection Agency, which Trump has called a “disgrace”.

179. Rescind all environmental executive actions signed by Obama.

180. Eliminate “intrusive” regulations, along with “any regulation that is outdated, unnecessary, bad for workers, or contrary to the national interest.” Eliminate duplication in regulations, deferring to local officials and residents. Remove the “draconian barriers” to allow energy infrastructure projects and development to proceed.

181. Eliminate the Clean Water Rule that defines the “waters of the United States” and gives added protection to tributaries that impact the health of downstream waters.

182. Scrap the Clean Power Plan, which reduces the amount of carbon pollution from power plants. Trump says this could save the country $7.2 billion per year.

183. Oppose a carbon tax on fossil fuels use that could be used to reverse damage to the environment caused by the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

184. Revoke restrictions on new drilling technologies and support “safe hydraulic fracturing” to create “millions of jobs.” Lease more federal land for drilling, including “vast areas of our offshore energy resources.”

185. Ease federal regulations on coal mining to revive the industry. Eliminate Obama's moratorium on new leases for coal mined from federal lands.

186. Treat climate change like the “hoax” that Trump has said it is. (In a recent interview with The New York Times, Trump seemed to soften that position.)

187. Cancel all funding for domestic and international climate change programs, which he estimates would total $100 billion over two terms. Trump would instead spend that money on domestic infrastructure projects.

188. Pull out of the Paris Agreement, which was recently signed by 196 countries pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

189. Become the world's dominant leader in energy production. Attain “complete American energy independence” so that the United States is no longer dependent on foreign oil.

190. Lower energy prices for consumers.

191. Ask TransCanada to renew its permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline so that it can be approved.

192. “Unleash an energy revolution that will bring vast new wealth to our country.” Create at least a half million jobs a year, prompting a more than $30 billion increase in annual wages over seven years. This will increase the GDP by more than $100 billion annually. Use the revenue from energy production to rebuild roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure.

193. Restore and protect the Florida Everglades, even though it's a “rough-looking sight down there.”

194. Ensure the country has “absolutely crystal clear and clean water” and “beautiful, immaculate air.”


195. Spur the spending of $1 trillion in public and private dollars on infrastructure projects over 10 years. Invest in “transportation, clean water, a modern and reliable electricity grid, telecommunications, security infrastructure, and other pressing domestic infrastructure needs” without adding to the national debt.

196. Negotiate rates for these projects that are one-third of wh
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from the Los Angeles Times....

Trump gets comfy in the Washington swamp

By DAVID HORSEY | 5:00AM PST - Thursday, December 01, 2016

DONALD TRUMP is about to become the biggest alligator in Washington, so it should be no surprise that he has lost interest in draining the swamp.

Thanks to constant repetition by the candidate, one of the campaign applause lines that Trump fans learned by heart and loudly repeated whenever their hero gave the signal was “drain the swamp!” Trump unambiguously insisted that, if he were in charge, all the political hacks, corporate lobbyists and money-chasing senators and Congress members inside the beltway would be facing a populist administration filled with new blood and fresh ideas.

Now that Trump is assembling his Cabinet, though, the outsiders are scarce. Instead, his team, so far, is composed of billionaires, veteran Republican politicians and a cohort of Goldman Sachs alums.

His choice for secretary of the Treasury is Steve Mnuchin, a hedge fund whiz who made a killing during the crash of the housing market in 2008 by buying up failed mortgages. For Commerce secretary, Trump wants his billionaire buddy Wilbur Ross. Ross will face a Senate grilling over the deaths of 12 workers in an unsafe West Virginia mine that was one of his many industrial properties. Mnuchin and Ross can be relied upon to make the bankers and financiers happy — Goldman Sachs stock soared when Mnuchin's appointment was announced — but all those blue-collar white guys who voted for Trump may not get the attention they expected.

For attorney general, Trump has turned to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, who has said nice people never smoke marijuana. And for secretary of Health and Human Services, he has named Georgia Representative Tom Price, who does not believe birth control should be covered by healthcare plans. The common folk who put their trust in Trump may not object to these two insiders — at least not until Price starts pushing his scheme to turn Medicare into a voucher system.

Elaine Chao, a veteran of both Bush presidencies, will be back, this time as Transportation secretary. She may not be the ultimate insider, but she is married to him. Her husband is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The pick to run the Department of Education, Betty DeVos, comes from outside the education establishment but likely knows the inside of a country club. The billionaire is a champion of charter schools, wife of an Amway heir and sister of the man who founded the highly controversial private security firm Blackwater.

Still to come is Trump's decision on who will be secretary of State. Tuesday night, he was sharing a plate of frog legs at one of his hotels with one eager candidate for the job, Mitt Romney. The 2012 GOP standard-bearer delivered a searing speech of condemnation against Trump during the campaign, but now is sucking up big time. Also on the list for this position is General David Petraeus, who was convicted of compromising national security secrets —  the same crime that Trump accused Hillary Clinton of perpetrating.

Former vice presidential candidate and Tina Fey impersonator Sarah Palin is on the list of possible Cabinet appointments. So is neurosurgeon and somnolent presidential candidate Ben Carson. Palin and Carson would both be more unusual choices, if only for the fact that they lack qualifications for any of the possible openings. Still, unlike Mnuchin and Ross, Palin and Carson have something in common with the voters who believed Trump would be a champion of the common man: They do not let facts get in the way of naive belief.

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when trump delivers that will be the end of the dems
and the turkey that owns the washington post trumps tariffs will screw up amazon
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Trump's Cabinet will serve corporate interests,
not the chumps who voted for him

By DAVID HORSEY | 5:00AM PST - Friday, December 09, 2016

TO UNDERSTAND what kind of president Donald Trump will be, do not listen to what he says, watch what he does.

In a series of campaign-style events, he has repeated all the favorite lines that convinced millions of voters that he was on the side of Americans who feel abused by the establishments on Wall Street, K Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Meanwhile, between rallies, he has been generous in his praise of President Obama and announced he would not order a criminal investigation of his defeated opponent, Hilary Clinton. When he went for an interview at The New York Times, he praised that bastion of the liberal media and told the assembled journalists he is not a climate change denier. He even met with Al Gore to kick around ideas about global warming.

For anyone confused by the contradictions in Trump's public pronouncements, here is the key to understanding the president-elect: He will say whatever he needs to say to please whatever audience sits in front of him at a given moment. In a weird way, this man who sends out savage tweets against anyone who dares to differ with him is a people-pleaser. Or at least an audience-pleaser. He spent many months saying things that immensely pleased the working-class white voters who flocked to hear him. His actions, though, tell far more than his statements. In fact, judging by the Cabinet he assembling, his words mean nothing.

Trump plans to run an administration that will make Ronald Reagan look like a working-class hero. The Trump team is composed of billionaires, retired generals, hard-right Republican politicians and one eccentric neurosurgeon, Ben Carson. If there is a thread that connects almost all of them, it is a deep commitment to making America great again for the financial industry and major corporations at the expense of workers and the environment.

This is not exactly the anti-establishment revolution Trump voters were expecting.

Trump's choice for secretary of Labor, Andrew F. Pudzer, is CEO of a fast-food empire. He hates unions, dislikes the minimum wage, does not want to see overtime benefits extended to more people and has said he would love to replace his employees with robots who never get sick and never take a vacation.

Trump's pick to run the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, wants to dismember Obamacare, thereby eliminating healthcare for millions of people, including many of the hard-hit working stiffs who voted for Trump. He also wants to get his hands on Social Security and Medicare and change them in ways that will horrify the elder Trump fans who wanted those cherished programs left alone. As a member of Congress from Georgia, Price was a great friend of the pharmaceutical industry and can hardly be expected to champion the interests of consumers in his new role.

Wilbur Ross, the billionaire who Trump named to run the Commerce Department, favors steep tariffs as a bludgeon to get better trade deals; tariffs that, if implemented, would cost average American consumers a great deal of their hard-earned money and kill the jobs of thousands of blue-collar workers.

Trump's choice for secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, added to his billions by buying up the mortgages of poor chumps who lost their homes in the Great Recession. The former Goldman Sachs executive is a friend of Wall Street. Consumers? Not so much.

Perhaps the worst of all is Trump's nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. In his current job, Pruitt has been busy suing the EPA on behalf of his close friends in the fossil fuels industry. He would only support efforts to deal with climate change or other environmental problems if those efforts did not inconvenience oil companies and other corporate energy interests (which means never). Trump has said he wants to take apart the EPA “in almost every form.” Pruitt is the man for the job.

Unsurprisingly, the names on Trump's list to take over the Department of Energy and the Interior Department are almost all figures from the oil and gas industry or Republican politicians who have been loyal allies of those corporate interests.

The naifs who voted for Trump believed his promises to fight on their behalf against the corporate lobbyists, Wall Street and the political establishment. Well, what do you know? Donald Trump is doing exactly what establishment Republicans have done for decades: gin up fear among Americans of modest means to get their votes, then, once elected, serve the interests of the monied class.

Congratulations, folks, you've been fooled again.

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you're saying trump will copy obama and hillarys cabinet and serve corporate interests like they have for the last 8 years.
that's really funny lol those are the same corporate interests who own the news sites you follow like a lemming all the way over the cliff.
the left is owned by the corporate interests and they dont really care about you
you are just one of their useful idiots that loves your slave masters you should reread the book called a brave new world that's where we were all heading before trump won

trump has his own idea's of a fix, his plans might just work unlike 8 years of obama who has doubled the us debt from 10 to 20 trillion by overspending and expanding big government like a crazy loon.

anyway time will tell lol
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Notice how Trump is now being slippery over climate change. During the campaign he said he was absolutely going to tear up the Paris agreement within 100 days of becoming the Prez and the crowds cheered him for it. Now Trump is refusing to say he will do that. Trump is preparing the gullible simpletons who voted for him for a huge back-flip. SUCKERS!!

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Trump says ‘nobody really knows’ if climate change is real

He said he is “studying” whether the U.S. should withdraw from the deal
to address global warming reached in Paris last year.

By JULIET ELIPERIN | 3:14PM EST - Sunday, December 11, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally on November 9th in New York. — Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press.
President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally on November 9th in New York.
 — Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press.

PRESIDENT-ELECT Donald Trump said on Sunday that “nobody really knows” whether climate change is real and that he is “studying” whether the United States should withdraw from the global warming agreement struck in Paris a year ago.

In an interview with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, Trump said he's “very open-minded” on whether climate change is underway but has serious concerns about how President Obama's efforts to cut carbon emissions have undercut America's global competitiveness.

“I'm still open-minded. Nobody really knows,” Trump said. “Look, I'm somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It's not something that's so hard and fast. I do know this: Other countries are eating our lunch.”

There is a broad scientific consensus that human activity — including the burning of fossil fuels for transportation, heating and industrial manufacturing — is driving recent climate change. In its most recent report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that it is “extremely likely” that, since the 1950s, humans and their greenhouse gas emissions have been the “dominant cause” of the planet's warming trend. The top 10 hottest years on record have all been since 1998, and 2016 is expected to be the hottest year since formal record-keeping began in 1880.

But it's not the first time that Trump has disregarded that established scientific view.

During the presidential campaign, Trump referred to climate change as a “hoax” perpetrated by the Chinese, a comment he later described as a joke. But during a town hall in New Hampshire, he also mocked the idea of global warming. At that event, Meghan Andrade, a volunteer for the League of Conservation Voters, asked Trump what he would do to address the issue, to which he replied: “Let me ask you this — take it easy, fellas — how many people here believe in global warming? Do you believe in global warming?”

After asking three times “Who believes in global warming?” and soliciting a show of hands, Trump concluded that “nobody” believed climate change was underway except for Andrade.

During Sunday's interview with Wallace, Trump said he needed to balance any environmental regulation against the fact that manufacturers and other businesses in China and elsewhere are able to operate without the kind of restrictions faced by their U.S. competitors.

“If you look at what — I could name country after country. You look at what's happening in Mexico, where our people are just — plants are being built, and they don't wait 10 years to get an approval to build a plant, okay?” he said. “They build it like the following day or the following week. We can't let all of these permits that take forever to get stop our jobs.”

The U.S. has outpaced the rest of the developed world in terms of growth since the 2008 recession, though developing countries such as China boast higher growth rates. Typically, economists compare the U.S. against other industrialized nations since developing countries typically grow faster than their developed counterparts.

The New York businessman made the same critique of the Environmental Protection Agency, to which he has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt — a climate change skeptic — as the head. Wallace asked whether he was “going to take a wrecking ball to the Obama legacy,” to which Trump replied, “No. No. No. I don't want to do that at all. I just want what's right.”

“EPA, you can't get things approved. I mean, people are waiting in line for 15 years before they get rejected, okay? ” he said. “That's why people don't want to invest in this country.”

It is unclear which permit application Trump was referring to, but he has repeatedly criticized EPA rules. And though he has given mixed signals on whether he would back out of the United States' voluntary commitments under the Paris climate agreement, it would take several years for the next administration to withdraw now that the agreement has entered into force.

Last week Trump's transition team for the Energy Department asked officials there to identify which employees have participated in international climate negotiations or worked on domestic efforts to cut greenhouse gases, such as calculating the social cost of carbon. Several scientists, federal union officials and public watchdog groups have expressed concern that these individuals could be targeted for retaliation once Trump takes office.

At the urging of daughter Ivanka, Trump has met in the past week with former vice president Al Gore and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, both environmental activists. Trump described the sessions as “good meetings” but did not elaborate.

Chris Mooney contributed to this report.

• Juliet Eilperin is The Washington Post's White House bureau chief, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books — one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other — and has worked for The Post since 1998.


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New push to replace Obamacare reignites old GOP tensions

Conservative hard-liners are pushing for a rapid repeal, but Republican leaders are afraid
of roiling insurance markets and sparking a political backlash.

By MIKE DeBONIS and KELSEY SNELL | 6:39PM EST - Sunday, December 11, 2016

“I'd like to do it (repeal Obamacare) tomorrow, but reality is another matter sometimes,” said Senator Orrin G. Hatch (Republican-Utah), left, with Representative Tom Price (Republican-Georgia) last week in Washington. — Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press.
“I'd like to do it [repeal Obamacare] tomorrow, but reality is another matter sometimes,” said Senator Orrin G. Hatch (Republican-Utah),
left, with Representative Tom Price (Republican-Georgia) last week in Washington. — Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press.

REPUBLICANS on Capitol Hill are already laying the groundwork for a rapid repeal of President Obama's signature health-care law beginning on the first day of the new Congress, before President-elect Donald Trump is even sworn in.

But the urgent efforts to make good on a Republican campaign promise six years in the making obscure major GOP divisions over what exactly to replace Obamacare with and how to go about it, and how long a transition period to allow before the law's insurance would go away.

Hard-liners are pushing to move as fast as possible, bolstered by a GOP base eager to see lawmakers follow through on years of promises. But key congressional leaders are keenly concerned about potentially throwing millions off their insurance plans and repeating what they have long decried as Democratic mis-steps eight years ago, sparking a fierce political backlash by moving too far, too fast.

While Trump could sign legislation gutting the Affordable Care Act before the spring bloom, a full replacement could take months, if not years.

“I'd like to do it tomorrow, but reality is another matter sometimes,” said Senator Orrin G. Hatch (Republican-Utah), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee that will help lead the “repeal and replace” efforts. “We have to live with the real world. And the real world right now is that the Democrats won't help with anything.”

Hatch and other high-ranking Republican senators are pushing for an extended transition period that could keep large portions of Obamacare in effect until 2019 or beyond, allowing time to carefully craft a replacement and push the final debate past the mid-term elections.

Many of them, like Senator Susan Collins (Republican-Maine), have been chastened by conversations with insurers and state regulators who are warning of chaos in the market for individual insurance if Congress moves rashly.

“I don't want to leave the 84,000 people in Maine who are buying insurance on the exchange uninsured because, all of a sudden, two-thirds of them who have subsidies have lost that subsidy,” Collins said.

But those Republicans are clashing with GOP colleagues — many of them sent to Congress in the mid-term, anti-Obama waves of 2010 and 2014 — who see little reason to dawdle.

“The history of this place is, the longer it takes, the more exponentially the probability grows that it'll never get done,” said Representative Mark Meadows (Republican-North Carolina), elected recently as the new chairman of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus. “Republicans have been saying they have a replacement plan for over two years, so why do we need three years?”

Part of the problem is that Republicans have never been able to agree on a replacement plan, despite railing against Obamacare for nearly eight years now. Their foot-dragging is a function of internal divisions and the political peril of floating a detailed alternative that would be closely evaluated for costs and benefits. Trump has also been vague, promising a “terrific” replacement that will provide “great health care at a fraction of the cost.”

The current battle centers on when exactly to schedule Obamacare's sunset. But other fights loom — over what precisely a replacement plan should look like, whether Obamacare's Medicaid expansion will continue, whether lawmakers should also now tackle the future of Medicare, and how Congress should assist insurers during the transition.

The battle lines, however, are familiar, with “establishment” Republicans on one side and conservative insurgents, mainly in the House, on the other. Those dynamics pushed GOP leaders into increasingly dramatic confrontations with President Obama and last year helped force House Speaker John A. Boehner (Republican-Ohio) to retire.

Come January 20th, Obama will no longer serve as a foil for Republicans, and while Senate Democrats could block parts of a health-care overhaul, the real fight will occur inside the GOP.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) has announced plans to put an Obamacare repeal on the Senate floor on January 3rd. — Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) has announced plans to put an Obamacare repeal on the Senate
floor on January 3rd. — Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) has announced plans to put an Obamacare repeal on the Senate floor come January 3rd. But that will only set the stage for a future repeal bill that will have to tackle major decisions such as a sunset date and interim measures to stabilize insurance markets.

So far, Trump and key GOP leaders on Capitol Hill have shied away from taking firm positions on repeal and replace, but they have done little to tamp down the expectations of conservatives expecting a swift and wholesale substitute.

“We're going to repeal Obamacare lock, stock and barrel,” Vice President-elect Mike Pence told donors to the conservative Heritage Foundation recently. “The number one priority of this administration is to keep that promise to the American people.”

Hard-liners on Capitol Hill see Pence and Representative Tom Price (Republican-Georgia), Trump's pick for health and human services secretary, as allies in their push for quick and decisive action. Pence called on Congress to pass a repeal bill “with all deliberate speed” but pledged only to then “set into motion a process to replace it.”

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Republican-Wisconsin) said on Thursday that Republicans would move “as well and as fast as we can but make sure that the transition does not pull the rug out from under people.”

Transition spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday that Obamacare replacement strategy has been part of discussions Trump and Pence are having with top congressional leaders and that the talks are ongoing.

“The idea is to really figure out the sequencing on both the repeal and the replace,” he said.

Conservative activists who pushed a take-no-prisoners approach toward the Obama administration say their patience is limited.

“When Republicans have the House, the Senate and the White House, you don't wait,” said Adam Brandon, president and chief executive of FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy group. “I'm a Cleveland Indians fan. I only get a shot at a World Series every couple decades. When you have a shot to do it, you do it. That's it.”

Democrats and many health-care experts are warning that a swift repeal could lead insurers to stop selling policies to individuals on federally mandated exchanges. More than 12 million Americans are covered under those policies.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell briefed Senate Democrats on Thursday on the expected unraveling of Obamacare's insurance exchanges, according to people familiar with her remarks inside the closed-door meeting.

“Delayed replacement is a situation where it is basically repeal and chaos in terms of what will ensue, because of the uncertainty that will get presented to insurers, providers, consumers and states,” Burwell told reporters after the meeting.

Republicans want to end Obamacare's system of penalties and subsidies. But many — including Trump — want to continue to ban insurers from denying coverage or sharply increasing rates for the sick.

Experts warn that “repeal and delay” under those conditions would prompt insurers to flee the individual market. Linda J. Blumberg, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, said insurers could face as much as $3 billion in losses if healthy individuals leave the market once the subsidies and penalties are eliminated.

“That $3 billion is the tip of the iceberg,” Blumberg said. “With all of these changes and the uncertainty, it is hard to predict how bad the risk is going to get.”

Keeping insurers in the market during the transition could require Congress to step in with bailout payments, something that would be deeply unpopular among conservative lawmakers.

“The insurance industry should understand that there's a new sheriff in town,” said Representative Ken Buck (Republican-Colorado), a Freedom Caucus member. “They signed up for Obamacare, and if they want to make a profit, they're going to have to figure out how to make a profit in a free-market insurance industry.”

The strategy of repealing Obamacare without first replacing it reflects not only the wishes of the GOP base, but also Senate arithmetic.

There will be a slim 52-to-48 Republican majority come January, and while Republicans can gut Obamacare with a simple majority using arcane budget rules, passing a complete replacement will require 60 votes.

Only by dismantling Obamacare first, Republicans say, will they have a chance to persuade enough Democrats to support a replacement plan — and Democrats have already signaled that they will not do so.

“We all know we have to repeal it to get them to even settle down and work with us at all,” Hatch said.

Incoming Senate Democratic leader Charles E. Schumer (Democrat-New York), however, has rejected that strategy. “We're not going to do a replacement. If they repeal without a replacement, they will own it,” he told The Washington Post recently.

But the Republican base, prodded by conservative media outlets and well-organized activist groups, has been loath to accept Democratic obstruction as an excuse for inaction.

One prominent activist, Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, suggested that Trump could goose the repeal-and-replace efforts by reversing an administrative ruling that gave financial assistance to 11,000 congressional members and staff who were forced onto the Obamacare exchanges under a compromise included in the original law.

“I don't think anyone thinks that you're going to flip a switch … but the replacement for it needs to happen quickly,” she said. “We want it done as quickly as it possibly can be done.”

Brandon was even blunter: “This is going to be a hard thing for Republicans, but tough [cookies],” he said. “They're going to have to push this through using parliamentary maneuvers, and guess what? It's hard.

“The political risk in doing nothing is why you got Donald Trump in the first place,” he added. “The old excuses of having divided government, they're gone.”

A few strident Obamacare critics are urging activists to soften a bit. “They have to look at the complexity of the problem here, and hopefully they’ll recognize that it's not quite so simple,” said Senator Ron Johnson (Republican-Wisconsin), who was first elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave.

But many others are not.

“Literally every Republican member has made this part of their platform in running for Congress,” said Representative Mark Walker (Republican-North Carolina), a first-termer who will chair the conservative Republican Study Committee next year. “We've got to act on it.”

John Wagner and Amy Goldstein contributed to this report.

• Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

• Kelsey Snell covers Congress with a focus on budget and fiscal issues for The Washington Post. She previously covered tax, trade and budget policy.

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5 things Donald Trump promised he'd do, but hasn't

News conferences, documentation, lawsuits: Months after he
promised them, we're still waiting on all of the above.

By AARON BLAKE | 12:15PM EST - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a “thank you” tour event at Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. — Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post.
President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a “thank you” tour event at Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
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TWO WEEKS AGO, President-elect Donald Trump promised to hold a news conference on Thursday that would detail how he intends to deal with his business operations while president. There remain huge questions about him handing over control to his children and increasing concerns about conflicts of interest.

But now the news conference is off — delayed until next month, his team said.

This happens a lot. Trump, as Philip Bump noted back in August, often promises something will happen in a few weeks. Then it doesn't. And then sometimes it never happens.

Below, we detail five things Trump has promised that we're still waiting on.

A news conference

Trump hasn't held a news conference since July, despite criticizing Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign for avoiding her own news conferences. This fact has been noted repeatedly since his election because, as Brian Stelter reports, presidents-elect usually hold one within days of winning — an average of 3.4 days later. So, in the face of all of these questions about his business empire and other things, Trump and his top aide have been promising one for a while.

November 21st, Kellyanne Conway: “Soon, but he's just got action-packed days filled with meetings.”

November 30th:


Apparently Trump's next news conference will be in the new year.

Tax returns

From a May 2014 interview with an Irish TV station: “If I decide to run for office, I'll produce my tax returns, absolutely, and I would love to do that.”

From a February 2015 interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, on whether he would release them if he ran: “I would release tax returns, and I'd also explain to people that as a person that's looking to make money — you know, I'm in the business of making money until I do this — and if I won, I would make money for our country.”

From January on NBC's “Meet the Press”:

  • CHUCK TODD: Will you release any of your tax returns for the public to scrutinize?

  • TRUMP: Well, we're working on that now. I have very big returns, as you know, and I have everything all approved and very beautiful, and we'll be working that over in the next period of time, Chuck. Absolutely….

  • TODD: But you will release it….

  • TRUMP: I pay, it's a little tax. And I say it. And the reporters said, “That's the most refreshing answer I've ever heard on taxes,” because everyone tries to build it up, like Mitt Romney. He built it up, tried to build it up, how much he paid. It just doesn't work that way. But I'll be — we're working on it right now, and at the appropriate time, you'll be very satisfied.

From February on “The Today Show”:

  • MATT LAUER: Real quickly: When are you going to release your tax returns?

  • TRUMP: Probably over the next few months. They’re being worked on now.

Trump would later cite the fact that he is under audit for not releasing his returns (although: legally, that wouldn't prevent their release), and his tax attorneys say he's been “under continuous examination” by the Internal Revenue Service since 2002. So that's not new — and it was the case when he made the pledge in the first place. He still hasn't released them, and given that standard, it's not clear when he might.

Melania Trump's immigration details

From August, when questions about whether her early work as a model in the United States was done legally: “She came in totally legally, all right? … I said to her, ‘No, no. Let it simmer for a little while. Let them go wild. Let it simmer, and then let's have a little news conference’. … Let me tell you one thing. She has got it so documented, so she's going to have a little news conference over the next couple of weeks. That's good. I love it. I love it.”

There has been no news conference or a release of evidence backing up his claim. Melania Trump would later tweet a letter from her immigration attorney laying out her timeline, but without substantiating the claims with documentation.

And in November, just before Election Day, the Associated Press reported she was paid for 10 modeling jobs in the United States in 1996 during a time when her timeline indicated she was still on a visitor's permit — before she was authorized to work.

Lawsuits against his accusers (and others)

In October, he said he would sue the women who accused him of unwanted sexual advances and assault: “Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign. Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.”

Earlier that month, his team threatened to sue The New York Times over its reporting on those allegations, and he also threatened to sue the newspaper over its report that he could have avoided paying taxes for many years:

About two months later, Trump has not sued his accusers or The Times.

A plan to defeat the Islamic State, or ISIS

May 2015: “All I can tell you it is a foolproof way of winning, and I’m not talking about what some people would say, but it is a foolproof way of winning the war with ISIS.”

June 2015: “The problem with politics is if I tell you right now, everyone else is going to say, ‘Wow, what a great idea’. You're going to have 10 candidates go and use it, and they're going to forget where it came from, which is me. But no, I have an absolute way of defeating ISIS.”

By August, Trump delivered a speech on radical Islamist terrorism that his website bills as Donald Trump's Detailed Plan to Defeat ISIS. But the speech didn't include all that much detail concerning the Islamic State, specifically. And a month later, Trump pulled a 180°, saying he would go to the military generals and have them assemble a plan in his first 30 days in office.

By late September, Conway said there was still a plan: “He certainly has a plan. I've heard it.”

We still don't know what that plan is. Trump has said he doesn't want to telegraph too much. But it's not clear whether his “foolproof” plan is the operable one, or whether he'll defer to the generals.

• Aaron Blake is senior political reporter for The Fix at The Washington Post.


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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2016, 11:16:55 pm »

silly bitches trump dont tell them anything

hahaha hes not even in the job yet,

first he has to try not to get murdered
but if he does they will say the russians did it lol
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« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2016, 05:49:40 am »

The simple fact is that Trump is a LIAR.

He says one thing when video footage, written accounts, etc., say something completely different.

Then he continues to tell LIES, even though video footage shows otherwise.

In these days of mobile phones fitted with video cameras and YouTube, anytime a high-profile politician says something, it is likely to be recorded by somebody, the if they tell lies which contradict what they originally said, it is likely to appear on YouTube showing them up as a LIAR. As is happening on a regular basis with Trump. He is too stupid to work out that politicians cannot get away with lying these days. And his supporters are too stupid & retarded to comprehend the truth. No wonder America will “NEVER BE GREAT AGAIN” when it is so full of DUMBARSES!!
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« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2016, 10:59:44 pm »

The simple fact is that HILLARY is a bigger LIAR than anyone else on the planet
she's almost as bad as you.

don't you remember that lie where you and the washington post said Hillary would win the election

well that all turned out to be fake news didn't it

so therefore maybe you and the cia funded washington post should go and try peddling your stupid propaganda in china

maybe you can make china great again chop chop
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Are you sick of the bullshit from the sewer stream media spewed out from the usual Ken and Barby dickless talking point look a likes.

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And the many things that will personally effect you.
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« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2016, 02:19:44 pm »

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If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space! 
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« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2017, 08:51:09 pm »

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