Donald Trump’s to-do list: Beat IS, tighten border, take on Chinese Trade

Donald Trump has pledged to make sweeping changes to US immigration policy on his first day at work,Beat IS,take on Chinese Trade,tighten border to refugees and potentially placing travel restrictions on Europeans.

Mr Trump told to News Channels that, after his inauguration on Friday, he would begin the business of governing in earnest next Monday. His first moves will include tougher border controls. He said: “My Day One is going to be Monday because I don’t want to be signing and get it mixed up with lots of celebration, but one of the first orders we’re going to be signing is going to be strong borders.”

He added: “We don’t want people coming in from Syria who we don’t know who they are. I don’t want to do what Germany did.”

Aides to Mr Trump have said that they want to “erase the Obama presidency” with a blizzard of early activity that is expected to include:

A New Plan To Fight ISIS

Mr Trump’s schedule for “Day One” is set to include a meeting with his generals. He will instruct them to formulate, within 30 days, a plan to defeat Islamic State. Asked by The Times how he would deal with Isis, he said: “I’d rather not say, I don’t want to be like Obama or others where they say what their plans are.”

Tighten Border Controls

Mr Trump’s plans also call for “extreme vetting” of visitors who represent a potential terrorism risk. Asked if that would involve travel restrictions on Europeans, he said: “It could happen, I mean we’re going to have to see. I mean, we’re looking at parts of Europe; parts of the world and parts of Europe, where we have problems where they come in and they’re going to be causing problems. I don’t want to have those problems. I won the election because of strong borders and trade.”

Trade Offensive

During his campaign Mr Trump said that he would fire an early economic warning shot at Beijing on his first day as president by declaring China a currency manipulator. He also pledged to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

Tackle Washington Cronyism

As part of a broader plan to “drain the Washington swamp” Mr Trump has said he will propose a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress on his first day.

He is also pushing Republicans in Congress to move quickly on tax cuts, the construction of a wall along the southern border, and on repealing President Obama’s healthcare reforms.

During his first hours in the Oval Office Mr Trump is expected to suspend a government programme that brought about 12,000 Syrian refugees to the US last year. He is also expected to sign out of existence an executive order by President Obama that has allowed 750,000 immigrants brought to the US illegally as children to remain in the country.

In the latest sign that he will not drop the pugilistic style of his campaign, Mr Trump spent Sunday evening in a Twitter row with John Brennan, the outgoing CIA director.

Mr Brennan told Fox News: “I don’t think that he has a full understanding of Russian capabilities.” He also said that Mr Trump needed to watch his words and his tweets. “Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests and so therefore when he speaks or when he reacts, just make sure he understands that the implications and impact on the United States could be profound,” Mr Brennan said. “It’s more than just about Mr Trump. It’s about the United States of America.”

Mr Trump hit back on Twitter, suggesting that Mr Brennan may have been responsible for leaking “fake news” about him – an apparent reference to unsubstantiated claims that Russia holds compromising material on Mr Trump.