Only days after his victory, Donald Trump might already be going against his campaign policies on abolishing Obamacare, jailing Hillary Clinton, and banning Muslim immigration.
Everyone knows that with every president, promises are meant to be broken. In fact, it looks like President-elect Donald Trump is already shaping to be more like the traditional politician we know: one who promises and flees. CNN has brought to light some of the areas president-elect Trump and candidate Trump seem to have desynchronized opinions.
From the very onset of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, one of the promises that he has passionately kept on his pages is that he will uproot Obamacare entirely, CNBC reports. Throughout 2016, Obamacare has already been facing major criticisms for its failure to address unsolved problems with Obama’s signature health law.
Chicago Tribune notes that some of Obamacare’s shortcomings are its failure to be flexible which pushed insurers into providing overly expensive policies, its low penalties against skyrocketing premium costs, its policy to offer insurance to the sick, and its inability to cover its expenses, to name a few. This dissatisfaction with Obamacare could have immensely pushed Donald Trump to persuade people into voting for him, on grounds that he will repeal the whole system when he gets elected president.
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) November 12, 2016
But in a recent exclusive interview with the Wall Street Journal, it looks like President-elect Donald Trump is already going back on his promise. Trump confirms that he is open to keeping certain parts of the Affordable Care Act, the health program that he once called so “unworkable and expensive that you can’t use it.”
“I told [Obama] I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that…Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced.”
So his initial full abolition of the Obamacare has now become a possible compromise. While this is good news for people who still depend on the said health insure, a lot of people sees this as evidence of how Trump might have sugarcoated his campaign promises just to get the votes.
Prosecution of Hillary Clinton
Another recurrent policy from Donald Trump’s campaign was his promise to send his opponent, Hillary Clinton, to jail, after getting elected president. Throughout the campaign period, Republicans lashed out at Clinton over the issue regarding her private email server. “Lock her up” was a current chant by Trump supporters who wanted Clinton locked up in jail for the allegations. It was so bad that during the second presidential debate, International Business Times reported that Donald Trump has given his word that Clinton will irrevocably face investigations that could positively lead to prosecution if Trump won.
But now, it seems Trump is trying to walk away from his promise. In response to whether he would follow up on this campaign promise, Trump gave the following answer.
“It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought, because I want to solve health care, jobs, border control, tax reform.”
Following the attacks in San Bernardino, California, in 2015, Donald Trump has been very vocal about his vow to deny entry to the United States for all Muslims. Trump’s statement on preventing Muslim immigration, which could read in full on his website, follows.
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.
“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
But just as his unwavering campaign spirit on throwing Hillary Clinton to jail has flickered upon election, Trump’s stance on the Muslim ban is unhinging. Last Thursday on Capitol Hill, Los Angeles Times reports that Trump casually ignores and walks away from a reporter who asked whether the plan to ban Muslims remained on his agenda.
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) November 10, 2016
Do you believe there really is a disjuncture starting to develop between President-elect Trump and campaign Trump or is this just another manifestation of the politician tactic we have witnessed so well from time immemorial?
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