President Trump's Agenda Meets Reality

President Trump's Agenda Meets Reality
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Just about everyone has been captivated by the daily drama of President Trump's first 100 days. The danger is that we will lose sight of the bigger picture—what we have learned about the basic orientation of his presidency.

During the campaign, Mr. Trump espoused four distinctive positions—on trade, immigration, and fiscal policy, and foreign affairs. He was critical of traditional Republican support for free trade and advocated for restraints on immigration without parallel in our recent history. He rejected small government conservatives' call for cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and declared himself the “king of debt.” And against the United States' bipartisan, post-war commitment to international alliances and institutions, he proclaimed an “America First” approach to foreign policy.

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