President-elect Trump’s first 100 days: What can he do?

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Throughout the campaign season, Donald Trump made promises about what he would do his first 100 days in office.  Among the most controversial of promises Trump said he would build a wall between Mexico and the United States.

“We will build a great wall along the southern border and Mexico will pay for the wall,” Trump said.

So, 8 News NOW wanted to know what the president-elect could actually do as soon as he takes office.
   
Building the wall can’t happen without the approval of the United States Congress because it would require tens of billions of dollars to accomplish that task.

Trump can, however, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions.  He could also Freeze federal hiring or approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The president-elect can also undo a lot of what President Barack Obama has done with the power of his pen.

“Anything that Obama passed as an executive order, Trump can overturn with an executive order,” said Dan Lee, UNLV Political Science Professor.

Lee says that puts Obama in the position of trying to defend his policies.

“Those are probably what the big things were when Obama met with Trump,” Lee said.  “He was probably trying to lobby Trump to not overturn some of his executive orders.”

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued a whopping 3,500 executive orders during his three-plus terms which started during the depression and ended when he died in office at the tail end of World War II.

Since Roosevelt’s time, presidents have issued nearly 4,200 executive orders.  Harry Truman, FDR’s successor, tops the list with just over 900 orders over two terms.
 
George H.W. Bush and Obama are at the low end of the spectrum.  Bush issued just 166 during his single term in office while Obama issued 261.

So where will President-elect Trump fall in that ranking?

“I think it’s hard to say how President-Elect Donald Trump will proceed,” John Tuman with UNLV’s Political Science Department said.

Tuman says what Trump will do is anyone’s guess.

“I would caution about generalizing what his policies might be simply on the basis of some tweets and also some things he may have said on the campaign trail when he was trying to win the election,” according to Tuman.

Efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, along with ending Common Core would require congressional approval because both are the result of laws that were passed by Congress.

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