The self-proclaimed master deal maker and economic guru’s plans to kick-start the American economy fall short
The economic plans that President-Elect Trump has offered throughout his campaign haven’t fared well under analysis by leading global economists, who predict multi-trillion dollar deficit gains through massive tax cuts, and a zero-sum game of global trade through new protectionist policy. While short term gains may be felt in the American economy, all signs point from there to long-term ruin.
Below: Donald Trump the businessman, shown at one of his casinos
Old meets new in Conservative leadership
Donald Trump’s ascension to office will be met with a cautiously optimistic Republican party. While supportive of his Reagan-esque free market stances and social conservative values (and running mate), policies such as trade protection and Trump’s CEO-style of delegation may be a bit harder to swallow. Nevertheless, early supporters of Trump are expected to benefit the most from his victory–earning a place on his executive team.
Below: Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, will be the face of the traditional Republican party in working with Trump
A wide array of names make the short list
With speculations flying, The New York Times offers a shortlist on who could end up in Trump’s cabinet–with names ranging from Washington insiders to private sector titans.
Below: Trump and top surrogate Chris Christie (R-NJ), who is believed to land a spot in the Trump administration
Fears over Trump administration spark anxiety in China
Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed anxieties felt across China over Trump’s promises to raise tariffs between Sino-American trade, as well as the pivoting of American foreign policy with China from cooperation to accusation.
Below: President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a recent US-China summit
Trump’s pick for leading role in government draws ire from many
Democrats, interest groups, and moderate Republicans alike have expressed deeply rooted anger over Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon, Breitbart CEO, as the White House Chief Strategist yesterday. Breitbart, the primary news source for the alt-right, is accused by many of being racist and sexist, among other things, allegations that Trump has faced throughout his campaign.
Below: Steve Bannon, Trump’s pick for White House Chief Strategist
What a conservative Trump pick could do to the court
With President-Elect Trump promising to bring aboard justices with a “conservative bent” to the Supreme Court, the nation’s most powerful judiciary body may become the most conservative it’s been since the 1920’s–bringing into question the longevity of previous court decisions such as Roe vs. Wade.
Below: Trump and his sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, a current US circuit judge.
Does the group have purpose under the Trump Administration?
The outspoken right-wing Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives has been a thorn in the side of Republican leadership, but a Trump Presidency may put an end to the group’s tactics and purpose.
Below: Trump and Dave Brat (R-VA), current leader of the House Freedom Caucus