Former President Donald Trump has outlined a series of policy goals that he would implement if he were to win a second term in office. His proposals encompass a range of areas, including government restructuring, immigration, trade, foreign policy, transgender rights, energy, education, homelessness, and public safety. Trump’s agenda represents a significant departure from President Joe Biden’s policy proposals and would bring about substantial changes in the functioning of the government.
Highlights of Trump’s Agenda
1. Dismantling the ‘Deep State’
Trump aims to strip civil service protections from tens of thousands of career employees. This move would make it easier to fire these employees and eradicate what he refers to as the “deep state.” He also wants to crack down on government officials leaking information to reporters and introduce a new civil service test for federal employees.
2. U.S.-Mexico Border
Trump emphasizes stopping illegal immigration and vows to direct Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to undertake the largest domestic deportation operation in American history. He plans to target individuals with “jihadist sympathies” who legally reside in the U.S. and revoke the student visas of those espousing anti-American and antisemitic views. Additionally, Trump proposes increasing border security measures, including moving troops stationed overseas to the U.S.-Mexico border and increasing the construction of the border wall.
Trump intends to implement tariffs on foreign goods, potentially starting at 10%. He plans to escalate penalties for trade partners engaged in unfair trading practices and would seek reciprocal tariffs through the proposed “Trump Reciprocal Trade Act.” China features prominently in his trade agenda, with a plan to phase out Chinese imports of essential goods and restrict Chinese ownership of critical U.S. infrastructure in sectors like energy and technology.
4. Foreign Policy
Trump claims he would settle the war between Russia and Ukraine before his inauguration, including calling for European allies to reimburse the U.S. for the cost of rebuilding stockpiles. He expresses support for Israel in its conflict with Hamas and aims to reassess NATO’s purpose and mission.
5. Transgender Rights
Trump plans to push for legislation recognizing only two genders, as determined at birth. He would restrict hospitals and healthcare providers offering gender-affirming care from receiving federal funds. He also seeks to prohibit hormonal or surgical intervention for transgender minors nationally.
Trump aims for the U.S. to have the lowest-cost energy in the world and increase production of oil, gas, and coal through increased drilling on public lands and tax breaks for producers. He opposes efforts to encourage the adoption of electric cars and plans to reverse proposed pollution limits.
Trump pledges to terminate the Department of Education but wants to exert influence over local school districts and colleges. He supports funding preference for states and districts that eliminate teacher tenure and adopt merit pay. Trump plans to cut funding for schools with vaccine or mask mandates and promote prayer in public schools. He also emphasizes patriotic education and plans to support the presence of armed guards in schools.
Trump proposes building tent cities on inexpensive land to force the homeless off city streets. He would ban urban camping and reintroduce large mental institutions.
9. Public Safety
Trump advocates for utilizing the National Guard in cities experiencing high levels of violence, such as Chicago. He supports controversial policing measures like stop-and-frisk and suggests empowering local police to shoot suspected shoplifters. He calls for the death penalty for drug smugglers and human traffickers. Trump also proposes a federal takeover of Washington, D.C.
Former President Donald Trump’s policy proposals for a potential second term in office display significant departures from the agenda pursued by President Joe Biden. Trump’s plans range from government restructuring and immigration measures to trade policies and foreign affairs. While some proposals might face legal hurdles or opposition in Congress, they provide insight into the potential direction of a Trump presidency if he were to return to the White House.