10 promises Trump made for Day One

WASHINGTON — Behind in the polls in late October, Donald Trump ventured to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to give American voters a “contract” detailing what he would achieve during his first day in office. Beneath a list of 18 major actions was the flourish of Trump’s familiar signature and a blank space for voters to sign.

But as Trump becomes president on Friday, it remains hazy as to which actions he will immediately take.

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The list included several items likely to fire up Republican voters but backed up by scant policy. It includes “begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants” and “cancel every unconstitutional executive action … by President Obama.” Trump has already backed down from one pledge to label China a currency manipulator, recently saying he would first like to speak with the Chinese leadership.

A look at 10 of the key promises Trump made for his first day as president:

  • Introduce a constitutional amendment for congressional term limits.
  • Freeze hiring for the federal government to reduce payrolls, although the military, public safety and public health agencies would be exempt.
  • Ban White House and congressional officials from becoming lobbyists for five years after they leave the government.
  • Announce plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico or withdraw from the deal.
  • Formally withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • Lift restrictions on mining coal and drilling for oil and natural gas.
  • Remove any Obama-era roadblocks to energy projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Cancel U.S. payments to U.N. climate change programs and redirect the money to U.S. water and environmental infrastructure.
  • Stop all federal funding to “sanctuary cities,” places where local officials don’t arrest or detain immigrants living in the country illegally for federal authorities.
  • Suspend immigration from regions associated with terrorism where vetting is difficult.