Donald Trump’s proposed 100-day plan started a discussion between students and professors in what he refers to as his “contract between [himself] and the American voter [which] begins with restoring honesty, accountability and change to Washington.”
The agenda Trump will pursue includes measures aimed at cleaning up the corruption in Washington, D.C., imposing term limits on Congressional members, protecting American workers, and restoring the rule of law.
“The biggest impact is that it takes us off of a trajectory,” said Dr. Michael Murdock, chair of the Political Science Department. “Ever since George W. Bush Sr., in terms of Bill Clinton, George Walker Bush, and in terms of Obama – that’s a long time. And ever since then, the United States has been on a path for a globalized world.”
Murdock said there are benefits to globalization such as “opening barriers; free access of finances, goods, people and ideas to flow across borders; and cultures. There is a lot of great stuff associated with globalization.” Trump’s proposals, especially on immigration and building a wall that separates the U.S. and Mexico, will slow the process of a more globalized world, according to Murdock.
On Trump’s immigration proposals, Murdock said, “What he’s targeting are migrant workers, illegals, many of them, also refugees.” Murdock said Trump’s policies wouldn’t affect BYUH’s international students.
“I don’t see [Trump’s proposals on immigration] affecting BYU-Hawaii’s international students that much. If his new foreign policies go into effect and start creating a backlash from some of the countries that we draw students from, we may see less Filipino or Chinese students,” Murdock added.
Among the first things President-elect Trump will implement is stricter regulation of Washington. His goal to “drain the swamp” of Washington has been a popular slogan among Trump supporters during his campaign. He said this includes limiting the amount of time politicians, lobbyists, and members of Congress serve their terms.
Trump has also called for stricter requirements on a federal level. He stated, “For every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.”
Paul Ryan, a Republican and speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Mitch McConnell, Republican and Kentucky senator, have both criticized Trump. Both are against setting term limits on Congress. Both Ryan and Trump have been at odds on a lot of issues during the campaign. However, Murdock said, “It’s an attempt to clean up corruption, for sure.”
President-elect Trump will also pursue to protect American workers. He said he will reconsider U.S. trade deals as he plans to “renegotiate or withdraw” from the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. He said he will also have his Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative “identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers.”
Amber Woodland, a sophomore from the United Kingdom majoring in political science, said Trump’s ideals are having an effect on businesses already. “There was a car company that was going to start producing cars in Mexico, but they decided to stay here in the U.S. I think that even he has a significant effect on American businesses and he hasn’t even passed anything yet. It’s already starting to have an effect on the country.”
Woodland said Trump’s efforts to help secure employment for American workers will take a toll on those who aren’t Americans. “In order to help the American worker, there must be negative things that affect the non-American worker that have to be put in place,” Woodland said.
President-elect Trump seeks to undo all the “unconstitutional executive action[s]” issued by President Barack Obama. He has been vocal in his opposition to Obamacare and seeks to repeal it or find a better measure to supply adequate health care benefits. Trump also said he will install a judge to the Supreme Court that will “uphold and defend the Constitution.”
Trump also plans to remove criminal illegal immigrants.Trump had also proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the country early on in his campaign.