The Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States and current president, Donald Trump, attend these elections without a clear and public electoral program. So much so, that on its own campaign website, instead of explaining the proposals it presents to its citizens and potential voters for this 2020, it has preferred to collect a series of electoral promises kept that he carried out in the previous campaign, in 2016. Despite this, some promises can be extracted from his public interventions.
In the last election campaign, Trump already pledged to lower corporate income rates by 35%. Although he did not get such a reduction, the president reduced the contributions of the companies by up to 21%. In addition, Trump has always raised the so-called flag in defense of the workers. For him, one way to carry out that defense is to apply large tax cuts to citizens, a measure that he carried out but that will expire soon.
His objective in this next legislature is renew tax cut applied to working-class citizens and continue to lower corporate income rates to the limit promised in his previous campaign. The most significant thing about Trump’s tax cut, however, is that ended up mainly benefiting the highest incomes, even though it had been one of his star promises to win the favor of wage earners.
Public health officials of the Trump government have urged Americans to practice the social distancing and wearing masks to slow the spread of the virus. However, the president himself (who ended up infected with covid as several members of his team) has been reluctant to use masks in public and has come to disparage them during his rallies.
Trump has tried to justify the lack of control of the pandemic and the rebound in infections in most states due to the increase in screening tests done. He has described them as “double-edged weapons” because the more were made, the more cases appeared. Then, of course, he said that comment was just a joke.
Since taking over the presidency, Trump has been reversing progress in the fight against climate change, including limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and vehicles. Along these lines, the US president withdrew his country from the Paris climate agreement, which required reduce emissions by 28% by 2050.
In another controversial decision, Trump opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a huge protected sanctuary in Alaska, to oil and gas prospecting. In his speeches, he always assures that he will continue along the same lines in case of being re-elected and that he will continue to reverse the regulations that limit the development of fossil fuels.
Trump promised to continue construction of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Of the 1,162 kilometers targeted, it has managed to budget 716 kilometers so far. Likewise, it has taken steps to restrict emigration due to family ties and eliminate the lottery of residence permits (Green Card). The president defends that meritocracy should be the basis of the immigration system.
Trump has not as such elaborated a strategy to end racial inequality in the country, but he has promised to end the high unemployment rates of the black population and recover the pre-pandemic levels of employment. In addition, he has promised to encourage small businesses for racial minorities.
Similarly, it has been proposed to expand the “Opportunity Zones & rdquor; to encourage investment in the most deprived neighborhoods. In other aspects of the same issue, the president has been accused of protecting the police violence and protect supremacist movements by failing to condemn the racist attacks of recent months strongly enough. He has even accused his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, of wanting to “abolish the police & rdquor; for having proposed, among other measures, the creation of a National Vigilance Commission to reform the police forces.
Relations with China
Trump campaigned on a promise to prioritize the economic interests of the United States and has insisted that “America first” does not mean “America alone.” On trade, Trump has adopted a hardline stance on China, along with a policy to protect local manufacturers from foreign competition.
Throughout his first term, the president renegotiated trade agreements that he considered unfair for the United States, such as Nafta, with Canada and Mexico, and abandoned others such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership with several Asian and oceanic countries. Strengthening the multilateral system is not exactly one of its priorities.
Trump campaigned in 2016 with a promise to repeal the health law promoted by Barack Obama. Even though did not reach a complete repeal, the Republican Administration has succeeded in undoing parts of that law, including the individual mandate, which required all Americans to purchase insurance.
Otherwise, they had to pay a fine. President Trump also promised reduce drug prices in the United States, and in July it introduced measures to lower its prices and increase imports of cheaper drugs from abroad, although some industry analysts have said they would not have much effect.
In the last four years in office, Trump has reversed the federal regulations on business, it has enacted corporate tax cuts and signed executive orders supporting a preference for domestically manufactured products.
Since January 2017, the United States has created more than 480,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector, although analysts have assured that growth in the sector is slowing down. Regarding tariff policies, Trump has opted for protectionism with the intention of revive American industry and he has defended the need to bring production back to the United States to expand the country’s economic independence.