Don­ald Trump has se­cured the ul­ti­mate job – but will he come through on his elec­tion prom­ises?

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In one of the big­gest po­lit­i­cal shocks in mod­ern his­tory, Don­ald Trump has swept aside ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton to win the race to the White House.

Af­ter a cam­paign of­ten filled with fear and hate speech, the busi­ness­man and for­mer host of The Ap­pren­tice showed a slightly softer side when speak­ing to his sup­port­ers in New York.

Will we see a toned-down ver­sion of Trump when he be­comes pres­i­dent in Jan­uary?

We take a look at his cam­paign prom­ises…


The pres­i­dent-elect has vowed to unify a di­vided na­tion, say­ing: “I say it is time for us to come to­gether as one united peo­ple.

“For those who have cho­sen not to sup­port me in the past, of which there were a few peo­ple, I’m reach­ing out to you for your guid­ance and your help so we can work to­gether and unify our great coun­try.”

John Fusaro, a 50-year-old Dal­las res­i­dent who works for the US De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, said: “I think he just needs to get out there and let them know that he’s not the mon­ster that he’s been made out to be and he will work for ev­ery Amer­i­can. And hope­fully they’ll be­gin to trust him once he gets in of­fice. That’s what I’m hop­ing for any­way.”


It all starts with the wall. Trump’s vow to build a wall along the bor­der with Mex­ico, to make Mex­ico pay for it and to achieve iron-fisted con­trol over il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion stands as his lead­ing prom­ise, one that rang from the rafters count­less times. But he owes his sup­port­ers – and now the coun­try – much more than that.


Trump’s “Amer­ica first” ethos means al­liances and coali­tions will not pass muster with him un­less they pro­duce a net ben­e­fit to the US.

He speaks of a less in­ter­ven­tion­ist ap­proach to crises abroad – with the ex­cep­tion of his vow to crush ISIS. Yet he also prom­ises to spend much more to re­store what he sees as de­pleted armed forces.


One para­dox of the cam­paign is the lack of clar­ity about Trump’s in­ten­tions on an is­sue that de­fined him out of the gate. He clearly prom­ises to stop the in­flux of Syr­ian refugees into the US, and some­how to help them over­seas. He vows to de­port peo­ple con­victed of se­ri­ous crimes who are in the US il­le­gally.

And there’s that wall, which Mex­i­cans in­sist they won’t pay for. But the fate of mil­lions of peo­ple who are in the coun­try il­le­gally is a gray area.

In De­cem­ber 2015 Trump sparked world­wide ou­trage af­ter call­ing for a “to­tal and com­plete shut­down of Mus­lims” en­ter­ing his coun­try.

He would also ban im­mi­gra­tion of peo­ple from ar­eas prone to ex­trem­ism, but how that would be de­fined is un­clear.


Trump prom­ises to rene­go­ti­ate or with­draw from the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment. He also vows to op­pose the TransPa­cific Part­ner­ship trade deal and to slap sting­ing tar­iffs on coun­tries that the US judges to be trad­ing un­fairly. China faces the risk of steep penal­ties – if his vow is car­ried through.

WE DID IT: Don­ald Trump cel­e­brate the vic­tory with his sup­port­ers in New York

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