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How The Donald plans to ’Make America Great Again’ in the first 100 days as President

His victory is likely to provoke great uncertainty around the world

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - The impossible has happened. Defying opinion polls, Donald Trump has raced to the top, becoming the next president of the United States, crossing the magic number of 270 electoral votes required to win the White House race.> BNN

His victory is likely to provoke great uncertainty around the world, rattle global financial markets and prompt a fall in the dollar.

Throughout the highly volatile and turbulent election campaign, this was Trump's slogan - Make America Great Again. 

We need to now wait and see exactly how he will make this happen.

It is customary in the American presidential elections that a candidate sets out a vision for their first term in the Oval office. 

But ever keen to be "the greatest", Trump slashed the timeline of his proposals from 100 days to one.

Here is what Americans can expect from Trump, as he claims on day 1, but realistically in the first 100 days.

Trump's initial comments on immigration caused a great deal of uproar. 

Although he quietly dropped his call to remove all undocumented immigrants from the United State, a move that was actually quite improbable, he changed it to saying he would immediately begin the process of deporting illegal immigrants with criminal records. 

Trump also said he would "suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur.” 

And there is the matter of "the wall." 

Eventually a Trump administration would push through legislation to "build a wall" along the southern border of the United States and make Mexico bear the costs. 

Trump made it clear he would make repealing Obama's signature policy, Obamacare his first priority in office. 

"Obamacare" has brought health insurance to some 12.7 million people who would have struggled to afford medical cover.

In addition, he also made it clear he would break from the traditional Republican commitment to free trade, imposing a set of protectionist policies to close America's economic borders. 

He also said he would renegotiate NAFTA, or withdraw from the trade deal with Canada and Mexico.

Trump declared he would withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a controversial trade arrangement with 12 countries. 

Both those moves would be well within the new president's authority.

"As a general matter, if the president wants to withdraw from a treaty, he simply gets to do that," said Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. "That's part of the powers of the office."

He also said he would nominate a replacement for Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court.

Trump promised to "drain the swamp" of big money Washington politics. 

His reforms include a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress as well as a five-year ban on White House and congressional officials becoming lobbyists. 

He also said he would ban foreign lobbyists from raising money in the American elections.

A hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the federal workforce (except military, public safety and public health) was also on Donald Trump's agenda.

He is also set to propose a new requirement that for every federal regulation imposed, two existing regulations will be eliminated. He also said he would introduce a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying foreign governments.

The Republican nominee said he would spend the first 100 days of his administration fighting for laws that will simplify the tax code, invest in American energy infrastructure and make inner-city communities safer. 

On foreign policy, Trump said he may not guarantee protection to fellow NATO countries that come under attack. 

The Republican also threatened to withdraw troops from Europe and Asia if those allies fail to pay more for American protection.

On Syria, Trump hasn't adopted a clear stance. 

He, however, promised to "bomb the hell" out of the Islamic State Militant Group.

Environmentalists, meanwhile, will be deeply concerned with Trump occupying the White House. 

Trump plans to cancel billions of dollars in payments to the United Nations climate change programs. 

The funds, he said would be used to pay for infrastructure projects in the U.S.

He has also promised to lift restrictions on fracking and boost American oil and natural gas production.

Other things one can expect - A trade war with China and Mexico, a restarting of Iran’s nuclear program, millions losing their health insurance, the start of mass deportations, a possible military standoff with China in the South China Sea and North Korea, the resumption of waterboarding and the use of federal agencies to go after Hillary Clinton and other Trump critics.

And let's not forget, he’s threatened to sue the women who have accused him of sexual assault.

In a nutshell, Trump plans to erase all effects of Obama's presidency, promising to cancel every "executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.”

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