Wednesday, November 9, 2016
US Election 2016: What will happen if Donald Trump becomes President?
With polls tightening in America, it’s not far-fetched to say that Donald Trump could actually pull it out of the bag and become the next President of the United States.
The billionaire businessman and former star of the US Apprentice has been an extremely divisive candidate – even with the Republican Party he represents.
However, his popularity has not taken a nosedive and a ‘Shy Trump’ vote may push him over the line to stop Hillary Clinton becoming the first female President.
So what would the first part of a Trump Presidency look like – and what would happen in the first few weeks and months of his ascendancy to the most powerful man on the planet?
After the expected shockwave of Trump actually pulling off a win, he will become what is known as the ‘President Elect’ – effectively a President-in-waiting.
The quirks of the American voting system means that voters do not vote directly for the President – but for the persons who will make that choice, otherwise known as the Electoral College.
However, it is rare for the Electoral College election to result in a different candidate to the popular vote and so Trump can look forward to Inauguration Day on 20 January 2017 – when he would be sworn in as the leader of the free world.
And what will he do first? Already he has caused outrage with various policy positions – so how would America change once he settles down in the Oval Office?
One of the biggest causes of controversy during Trump’s campaign has been his stance on immigration.
Trump has repeatedly stated he wants to reduce the flow of immigrants into North America – particularly from Mexico – and said from “day one” he would start work on getting a wall built across the southern border.
And the £22 billion bill would land straight on the floor of the Mexican government, who Trump insists would be forced to pay.
However, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has already stated that he “made clear” to Trump that Mexico would not be footing the bill.
The American Action Forum estimates a forceful immigration policy could cost the American economy up to £490 billion, and it would be opposed by Democrats.
Trump also said he wanted a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the country, although he seemed to soften the stance to countries “with a proven history of terrorism” – although this could still prove diplomatically tricky for America.
On the economy, Trump wants to create more jobs that he feels have been lost to countries in China in various trade deals.
However, he has not offered any specific policies on how he would do this – and lower-skilled positions are often filled by the immigrants he wants to stop from entering the country.
As a Republican President, Trump has also stated that he would scrap the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as ‘Obamacare’ – which was set up to give poorer people better access to healthcare.
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