It’s only been two days since Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, but in that time, his position on numerous policies has changed. During his campaign trail, President-elect Trump promised his supporters that he’d repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”), as well as withdraw the US’ military support from South Korea.
48 hours after Hillary Clinton conceded the win to Trump, he’s changed his stance on both. The Independent reports that after Donald Trump met with President Barack Obama in the White House and the pair discussed the highlights of the Obama administration – particularly the fact that 20 million Americans have received healthcare with the Affordable Care Act (and 100,000 have signed up for Obamacare in the past 48 hours), Trump had a change of heart.
At the time of this writing, Donald Trump has said that he will only amend the Affordable Care Act, rather than repeal it. In fact, repealing the law outright may not be his plan going forward. This declaration has shocked many, particularly Congressional Republicans such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. McConnell has said that repealing Obamacare is “pretty high” on his list of priorities for the next four years. And House Speaker Paul Ryan is presently asking Trump to allow him to privatize Medicare and terminate Obamacare, reports Salon. Americans have until January 31, 2017 to enroll in or change existing health coverage for the 2017 calendar year.
Another surprise came when Donald Trump promised to maintain the existing security alliance between the United States and South Korea. Reportedly, President-elect Trump spoke directly with President Park Geun-hye of South Korea on the phone to discuss Washington’s long-standing promise to defend her country.
After it became clear that Donald Trump would, in fact, be America’s next leader, stock markets in South Korea crashed. This prompted President Geun-hye to hold an emergency meeting with her national security council to safeguard the country’s future. According to a statement from President Geun-hye’s office, Trump told her:
“We will be steadfast and strong with respect to working with you to protect against the instability in North Korea.”
At one point during the10-minute phone call, she said:
“I expect that [we] can strengthen and develop the alliance down the road for the shared interests in various areas.”
South Korea’s President also raised concern about North Korea’s nuclear issue, saying it was the “greatest threat” facing the two countries.
“Given that in the past, North Korea staged provocations during the period of the government transition in the US, we need to closely cooperate in advance to thoroughly deter possible North Korean provocations and respond sternly if provoked,” she said.
According to International Business Times, Trump then responded that the US will work with South Korea “until the end” for the security of both countries. This is a stark contrast from what Trump suggested happen during his campaign trail. In a January interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Trump said: “We have 28,000 soldiers on the line in South Korea between the madman and them. We get practically nothing compared to the cost of this.” And in March, he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper:
“We are better off frankly if South Korea is going to start protecting itself. They have to protect themselves or they have to pay us.”
To summarize, two days after winning the election, Donald Trump has gone back on two of the biggest promises he repeatedly put forward to supporters throughout his entire campaign. Is this good news? Bad news? We’ll let you decide. Please comment below and share this news!
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