With Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee, there's now a stronger-than-ever chance that President Trump will be sworn in next January—and his first 100 days in office will have just finished by this time next year. The New York Times interviewed Trump three times and spoke to aides and analysts to find out what those 100 days might be like. Some highlights:
- Inauguration Day will involve some "beautiful" galas, but also the rescinding of President Obama's executive orders on immigration, Trump says.
- Trump says on Day 1, he will also speak to military and Homeland Security officials about sealing the border with Mexico. Talks with wall-builders will soon follow.
- Trump says his first day in office will also involve phone calls to the CEOs of companies like Ford and Nabisco, warning them that they will face 35% tariffs for moving jobs out of the US. "The markets would be fine," he says.
- Trump knows which foreign leader he would call on his first day: none of them. "I wouldn't be calling them up right away and getting more entangled," he says.
- Trump and his advisers say the first 100 days will be all about negotiations, most of which will take place in his new office. "The Oval Office would be an amazing place to negotiate," he says. "It would command immediate respect from the other side, immediate understanding about the nation's priorities."
- By the end of the 100 days, Trump plans to have a ban on Muslim immigration in place and to have made progress in delivering other major campaign promises, including repealing ObamaCare.
- It's still going to be the White House, not the Trump House: He "had no ambitious renovation plans," the Times notes.
- Trump says he is going to make big changes fast and not everybody will like them—but there's nothing to worry about. "I know people aren't sure right now what a President Trump will be like," he says. "But things will be fine. I'm not running for president to make things unstable for the country."
- Presidential historian Robert Dallek says Trump may be overestimating his ability to deliver on his campaign promises. "His workload will be pretty enormous and his power would be so limited by precedent, by the bureaucracy, by the Constitution," he says. "Even in trade and immigration, where Trump says he will make revolutionary changes, Congress has a say on those things. A lot of people have a say. The president is not king."
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