Congressional Republicans announced to enact quick actions to push forward Donald Trump’s agenda, taking advantage of the GOP majority in both House and Senate.

House Speaker Paul Ryan stated that seeing that Trump won the election, the House of Representatives would prepare to “hit the ground running.” Also, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed his intentions on pushing the Senate to work on Trump’s agenda and “change the course for America.” Both McConnell and Ryan had their share of statements against Trump’s nomination, but seeing that he will be enacted as the 45th President of the United States, Republicans are in a whole new playing field.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Image credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts.

Republicans have assumed control

Donald Trump addressed his supporters in Philadelphia back in October and announced his primary objectives for when he assumes the presidency. Trump intends on eliminating Obamacare, funding the construction of the Mexico-U.S. border wall with the expectation that Mexico would reimburse the U.S., and to impose term limits on Congress.

Recently, McConnell joined Trump in saying that getting rid of Obamacare is one of the top-priority items on the list, and securing the borders appears to be one of the close followers. McConnell addressed that the Senate is looking forward to working with the elected president.

“It is the single worst piece of legislation among many bad pieces of legislation passed in the first two years of the Obama presidency,” stated McConnell regarding Obamacare.

Obamacare or ACTA has provided medical care coverage for over 20 million people, but according to Trump and Republicans, it has destabilized the insurance market and forced premiums to become more expensive. In the end, Obamacare is viewed by Republicans as a leeching legislation that only serves to further deplete the nation’s resources. Replacing Obamacare has not been an option, although Republicans have proposed health tax credits and better financing.

What Trump has prepared for his first day in office

Trump explicitly stated that the first thing he would do is propose a Constitutional Amendments for limiting the terms of Congressional representatives. Then, he would freeze the hiring of additional personnel for federal purposes, with the exception of the military, and public health and safety.

Two of the next president’s top priority items comprehend restrictions set on lobbyists, where White House and Congress members will have to wait 5 years after leaving government service to become lobbyists. Also, Trump intends on preventing foreign lobbyists from raising money for fueling American elections.

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Donald Trump and Mike Pence on November 8, 2016. Image credit: Shawn Thew.

These measures allow Trump to start cutting loose ends in political participation, which shows how he intends on closing in on the government and its internal structure. Now, thanks to a Republican majority, his plans will be launched forward without much trouble and with each passing day, Donald Trump will become more powerful as he leads one of the world’s leading nations.

The 45th President of the United States also pretends to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to label China as a currency manipulator, and to lift restrictions on fossil fuel production, which is worth trillions of dollars and according to him, will create thousands of jobs.

Without any hesitation, Trump reassured his intention of deporting over “million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.”

‘Make America Great Again’ will have global repercussions

Paul Ryan addressed Trump’s election as president as an “amazing political feat,” even if he did not endorse him at first. Ryan confessed that Trump’s election shows how Americans are not pleased with the direction that the country is heading toward.

While his defeat may have meant the destruction of the GOP, his victory will serve to amend the divisions held within the party. Many Republicans who at first condemned Trump’s ill-mannered way of doing politics now appear eager to work with him as he has proven to be a man who accomplishes what he sets his mind to.

McConnell took the initiative and suggested that Trump should look into the unilateral decisions he could take, seeing that Obama was able to make similar decisions.

“One of the things I hope the new president…will do is take a look at all the unilateral action the president took, both through executive orders and regulatory overreach of one kind or another…and see how much he can undo,” stated the Senate Majority Leader.

One of the main areas of concern for Trump’s presidency is international politics, where Trump has expressed that if he were to win, Japan and many other foreign nations would cease to receive funding coming from the U.S. This measure will lead to a period of global instability, in a time when Russia already has a hand in two of the most complex conflicts of the decade developing in Ukraine and Syria, often labelled as proxy wars.

Trump has announced that he would keep a friendly relation with Putin, even when Vladimir Putin, an experienced autocrat, has held control over the Russian government for over a decade, considered as the primer strongman in this century’s world politics.

Whereas Trump is a heated demagogue, Putin is a cold military intelligence strategist. In influence, the U.S. has exerted a major role in stirring other nations to its liberal interests. But now Trump is at the lead and the world will have to react in accordance to what this new player will bring to the table.

Source: The Washington Post