Like his fellow presidential candidates, Donald Trump made a number of promises on the campaign trail. However, unlike his rivals (except Dr. Ben Carson), most of the billionaire’s plans were either controversial and bigoted or just nonsensical and unrealistic.
Off all the things Trump promised his supporters in his run up to the Republican nomination and subsequently the unexpected election victory, his pledge to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and repealing Obamacare stood out more than the others.
While the above-mentioned promises are bound to take some time (if followed through), there are some things the real estate developer explicitly vowed he would do on his first day in the White House.
Here is what the incoming commander-in-chief has on his Day 1 to-do-list.
Deporting undocumented immigrants
“There are at least two million – two million, think of it – criminal aliens now inside of our country,” Trump told his supporter during a campaign event in Phoenix, Arizona. “Two million people, criminal aliens. We will begin moving them out day one as soon as I take office, day one. In joint operation with local, state and federal law enforcement… Day one, my first hour in office, those people are gone!”
Getting rid of criminals
“Day one of my administration we're getting all of the criminals out,” Trump promised during a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire. “We have many, many criminals. Gang members, heads of cartels, drug members and they lead all sorts of drug gangs, all of those – and the police know who they are. They're all getting out.”
“On my first day in office, I am also going to ask Congress to pass ‘Kate’s Law,’ named for Kate Steinle, to ensure that criminal aliens convicted of illegal reentry receive strong mandatory minimum sentences,” he added on the matter.
Get rid of "international” criminals
“These international gangs of thugs and drug cartels will be I promise you from the first day in office, the first thing I’m going to do, the first piece of paper I’m going to sign is we are going to get rid of these people day one before the wall, before anything and our great law enforcement they know who they are,” the business mogul said in Iowa. “They have been living with them for years and they don't want to put up with it anymore. So we are going to get rid of them day one. We start day one.”
Stop losing jobs
“Look, no country has ever lost jobs like us. They're sucked out of our country, the companies leave, they fire everybody, they go to Mexico and many other countries,” Trump said during a stop in Sarasota, Florida. “Never happened before like this and we are going to stop it day one. It's so easy. So easy to stop. A trump administration will stop the jobs from leaving America and we will stop the jobs from leaving Florida. Promise.”
“If I win, day one, we are going to announce our plans to renegotiate NAFTA,” the incoming commander-in-chief told voters in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Trump transition team also released a 200-page memo detailing what will happen to the North American Free Trade Agreement once the real estate developer takes the office.
Stopping Refugee Resettlement
“My first day in office, I will immediately suspend the admission of Syrian refugees,” he vowed in Toledo, Ohio.
Imposing term limits
“Under my contract with the American voter we are proposing a series of ethics reforms on day one to end government corruption,” he said in Florida. “They include a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of congress.”
Getting rid of gun-free zones
“I will get rid of gun-free zones in schools and you have to and on military bases,” Trump said during a campaign event in Burlington, Vermont. “My first day it gets signed. My first day it gets signed. My first day. There’s no more gun-free zones. Think of it.”
“I will end gun-free zones on military bases so fast your head will spin,” he promised in Waterloo. “It’ll be the first day. The first day.”
Reviewing every regulation issued in last decade
“My first day in office, I’m also going to order a review of every single regulation issued over the last 10 years,” Trump told his supporters in Clive, Iowa. “All needless job regulations will be canceled.”
“We will unsign lots of different things including some of those terrible executive orders, believe me, they're gonna be unsigned so fast, they'll be unsigned the first hour I'm in office, the first hour I'm in office,” he pressed during an event in Louisville, Kentucky.
During a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt, Trump confessed he didn’t know the difference between Hezbollah and Hamas.
“So the difference between Hezbollah and Hamas does not matter to you yet, but it will?” Hewitt asked the then Republican candidate.
“It will when it’s appropriate,” Trump replied. “I will know more about it than you know, and believe me, it won’t take me long. But right now, right now, I think it’s just something that, and you know what, if you ask these candidates, nobody’s going to be able to give you an answer. I mean, there may be one that studied it because they’re expecting a fresh question from you. But believe me, it won’t matter. I will know far more than you know within 24 hours after I get the job.”
Looks like the future commander-in-chief will have an extremely busy first day in the Oval Office.
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