Trump Presidency

January 6, 2017 • Volume 27, Issue 1
Can he carry out his policy agenda?
By Barbara Mantel


President-elect Donald Trump (Getty Images/Bloomberg/Daniel Acker)
President-elect Donald Trump, speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, on Dec. 8 during his “thank you tour,” has said he will put America first again by sparking economic growth, challenging free-trade agreements, restricting immigration and re-evaluating foreign alliances. He also has pledged to help workers by reviving manufacturing and placing renewed attention on left-behind communities. (Getty Images/Bloomberg/Daniel Acker)

Donald Trump rode a populist wave to the presidency, vowing to roll back government regulations, renegotiate free-trade agreements, repeal the Affordable Care Act, cut taxes and rebuild infrastructure. It's all part of his plan, he says, to accelerate economic growth, revive manufacturing and help the working class. But critics say his policies could ignite a trade war and eventually harm the economy. They also worry about how racial and religious minorities will fare during the next four years. Trump's Cabinet selections are proving controversial as well. Supporters praise them as talented and successful; others see some of them as out-of-touch millionaires and billionaires too closely tied to Wall Street and the industries they are supposed to oversee. Trump's foreign policy team is heavy on military experience but is facing questions about its diplomatic experience, possible ties to Russia and how it will deal with complex challenges, ranging from terrorism to China's and Russia's growing assertiveness.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Presidential Candidates and Campaigns
Jan. 15, 2021  The Biden Presidency Updated
Jan. 31, 2020  Presidential Primaries
Nov. 16, 2018  The Presidency
Jan. 06, 2017  Trump Presidency
Mar. 06, 2015  Presidential Power
Feb. 03, 2012  Presidential Election
Jan. 30, 2009  The Obama Presidency
Aug. 08, 2008  Political Conventions
Jul. 18, 2008  Race and Politics
Apr. 20, 2007  Electing the President
Dec. 30, 1988  Promises vs. Problems
Jul. 10, 1987  Presidential Nomination Process
Feb. 03, 1984  Choosing Presidential Nominees
Jun. 06, 1980  Choosing Presidential Candidates
Apr. 09, 1976  Presidential Campaign Coverage
Feb. 23, 1972  Political Conventions
May 27, 1964  Foreign Policy Issues in Election Campaigns
Sep. 21, 1960  Voting in 1960
Jan. 06, 1960  Presidential Primaries, 1960
Jan. 04, 1956  Campaign Smearing
Nov. 30, 1955  Presidential Possibilities, 1956
May 09, 1952  Open Conventions
Jan. 16, 1952  Presidential Primaries, 1952
Oct. 12, 1949  Modernization of the Presidential Election
Jan. 14, 1948  Presidential Primaries
May 01, 1944  Foreign Policy in National Elections
Jan. 01, 1944  Choice of Candidates for the Presidency
Apr. 08, 1940  Republican Candidates for the Presidency, 1940
Apr. 01, 1940  Democratic Candidates for the Presidency, 1940
Jun. 19, 1939  Selection of Nominees for the Presidency
Aug. 19, 1938  Nomination by Primary
Mar. 11, 1936  Voting in Presidential Elections
Feb. 18, 1936  Presidential Candidates, 1936
Mar. 03, 1932  Decline of the Presidential Primary
Aug. 25, 1931  Presidential Candidates, 1932
May 05, 1928  National Nominating Conventions
Sep. 03, 1927  Presidential Candidates—1928
Jun. 14, 1927  Patronage Influence in Nominating Conventions
Sep. 11, 1926  The Future of the Direct Primary
Jul. 02, 1924  Proposed Reforms of Presidential Nominating Methods
Jun. 04, 1924  The Machinery of the Political Conventions
Mar. 15, 1924  Presidential Candidates and the Issues
Sep. 05, 1923  The Passing of the Second Term
Bilateral and Regional Trade
Campaigns and Elections
Congress Actions
Economic Analyses, Forecasts, and Statistics
Energy and the Environment
General Defense and National Security
General International Relations
Health Insurance and Managed Care
Internet and Social Media
Journalism and the News
Judicial Appointments
Manufacturing and Industrial Production
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
Party Politics
Powers and History of the Presidency
Regulation and Deregulation