Where he stands: Donald Trump

Donald John Trump Sr. (born June 14, 1946, in New York City), a Republican, is an American business magnate, investor, socialite, author and television personality. He is chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts.

Trump worked for his father’s firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, while attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the company in 1968 upon graduation with a degree in economics. In 1971, he was given control of the company, and renamed it The Trump Organization.

Trump ran an exploratory campaign for president in 2000 seeking the nomination of the Reform Party, and won primaries in Michigan and California.


U.S.-China trade reform

The most important component of our China policy is leadership and strength at the negotiating table. The Trump Plan will achieve the following goals:

  1. Bring China to the bargaining table by immediately declaring it a currency manipulator.
  2. Protect American ingenuity and investment by forcing China to uphold intellectual property laws and stop their practice of forcing U.S. companies to share proprietary technology with Chinese competitors as a condition of entry to China’s market.
  3. Revive American manufacturing by ending China’s export subsidies and lax labor and environmental standards.

    Strengthen our negotiating position by:

  4. Lower the corporate tax rate to 15%. This tax cut puts our rate 10 percentage points below China and 20 points below our current rate.
  5. Attack our debt and deficit by vigorously eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government.
  6. Strengthen the U.S. military and deploy it appropriately in the East and South China seas. 

Veterans Administration

The Trump Plan will:

  1. Ensure our veterans get the care they need wherever and whenever they need it. No more long drives. No more waiting for backlogs. No more excessive red tape.
  2. Support the whole veteran, not just their physical health care, but also by addressing their invisible wounds, investing in our service members’ post-active duty success and better meeting the needs of our female veterans.
  3. Make the VA great again by firing executives who let our veterans down, by modernizing the VA and by empowering doctors and nurses to ensure our veterans receive the best care available in a timely manner. All veterans eligible for VA health care can bring their veteran’s ID card to any doctor or care facility that accepts Medicare.
  4. Increase funding for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury and suicide prevention services to address veterans’ invisible woundsService members are five times more likely to develop depression than civilians. They are almost 15 times more likely to develop PTSD than civilians.
  5. Increase funding for job training and placement services (including incentives for companies hiring veterans), educational support and business loans, including collaborating with many nonprofit organizations that are already helping.
  6. Better support our women veterans. Many VA hospitals don’t permanently staff OB/GYN doctors. Under the Trump plan, every VA hospital in the country will offer OB/GYN and other women’s health services. Women veterans also can choose a different OB/GYN in their community using their veteran’s ID card.

Tax reform

  1. If you are single and earn less than $25,000, or married and jointly earn less than $50,000, you will not owe any income tax. That removes nearly 75 million households – more than 50% – from the income tax rolls. They get a new one-page form to send the IRS; those who would otherwise owe income taxes will save an average of nearly $1,000 each.
  2. All other Americans will get a simpler tax code with four brackets – 0%, 10%, 20% and 25% – instead of the current seven. This new tax code eliminates the marriage penalty and the alternative minimum tax (AMT).
  3. No business of any size, from a Fortune 500 to a mom and pop shop to a freelancer living job to job, will pay more than 15% of its business income in taxes.
  4. No family will have to pay the death tax.

The Trump Tax Plan Is revenue neutral. The tax cuts are paid for by:

  1. Reducing or eliminating most deductions and loopholes available to the very rich.
  2. A one-time repatriation of corporate cash held overseas at a significantly discounted 10% tax rate, followed by an end to the deferral of taxes on corporate income earned abroad.
  3. Reducing or eliminating corporate loopholes that cater to special interests, as well as deductions made unnecessary or redundant by the new lower tax rate on corporations and business income. We will also phase in a reasonable cap on the deductibility of business interest expenses.

The Second Amendment

The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon. Period. The Constitution doesn’t create that right – it ensures that the government can’t take it away. Our Founding Fathers knew, and our Supreme Court has upheld, that the Second Amendment’s purpose is to guarantee our right to defend ourselves and our families. This is about self-defense, plain and simple.

Background checks. There has been a national background check system in place since 1998. Every time a person buys a gun from a federally licensed gun dealer – which is the overwhelming majority of all gun purchases – they go through a federal background check. When the system was created, gun owners were promised that it would be instant, accurate and fair. That isn’t the case today. Too many states are failing to put criminal and mental health records into the system.

National right to carry. A concealed carry permit should be valid in all 50 states.

Military bases and recruiting centers. Banning our military from carrying firearms on bases and at recruiting centers is ridiculous. We need to allow them to defend themselves.


Here are the three core principles of immigration reform:

  1. A nation without borders is not a nation.There must be a wall across the southern border.
  2. A nation without laws is not a nation.Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.
  3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation.Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.

Mexico must pay for the wall and, until they do, the United States will, among other things: impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if necessary cancel them); increase fees on all border crossing cards – of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays); increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico (another major source of overstays); and increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico (tariffs and foreign aid cuts are also options).

The following steps will return to the American people the safety of their laws:

Triple the number of ICE officers. As the President of the ICE Officers’ Council explained in Congressional testimony: “Only approximately 5,000 officers and agents within ICE perform the lion’s share of ICE’s immigration mission … Compare that to the Los Angeles Police Department at approximately 10,000 officers. Approximately 5,000 officers in ICE cover 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam, and are attempting to enforce immigration law against 11 million illegal aliens already in the interior of the United States.” This will be funded by eliminating tax credit payments to illegal immigrants.

Nationwide e-verify. This simple measure will protect jobs for unemployed Americans.

Mandatory return of all criminal aliens. All criminal aliens must be returned to their home countries, a process which can be aided by canceling any visas to foreign countries which will not accept their own criminals, and making it a separate and additional crime to commit an offense while here illegally.

Detention, not catch-and-release. Illegal aliens apprehended crossing the border must be detained until they are sent home.

Defund sanctuary cities. Cut-off federal grants to any city which refuses to cooperate with federal law enforcement.

Enhanced penalties for overstaying a visa. Millions of people come to the United States on temporary visas and refuse to leave, without consequence. This is a threat to national security. Individuals who refuse to leave at the time their visa expires should be subject to criminal penalties; this will also help give local jurisdictions the power to hold visa overstays until federal authorities arrive. Completion of a visa tracking system – required by law but blocked by lobbyists – will be necessary as well.

Cooperate with local gang task forces. ICE officers should accompany local police departments conducting raids of violent street gangs. All illegal aliens in gangs should be deported.

End birthright citizenship. This remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration.

Here are some additional specific policy proposals for long-term reform:

Increase prevailing wage for H-1Bs. (The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act. It allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.) Up to two-thirds of entry-level hiring for IT jobs is accomplished through the H-1B program. More than half of H-1B visas are issued for the program’s lowest allowable wage level, and more than 80 percent for its bottom two. Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these entry-level jobs to the domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the U.S.

Require companies to hire American workers first.

End welfare abuse. Applicants for entry to the United States should be required to certify that they can pay for their own housing, health care and other needs.

Jobs program for inner-city youth. The J-1 visa jobs program for foreign youth will be terminated and replaced with a resume bank for inner-city youth.

Refugee program for American children. Increase standards for the admission of refugees and asylum-seekers. Use the monies saved on refugee programs to help place American children without parents in safer homes and communities, and to improve community safety in high-crime neighborhoods in the United States.

Immigration moderation. Before any new green cards are issued to foreign workers abroad, there will be a pause where employers will have to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed immigrant and native workers.













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