From plans for a border wall with Mexico to praise for Vladimir Putin, Republican Donald Trump’s statements made the 2016 U.S. presidential race a campaign like no other.
Now, his upset victory in the November 8 election has left the world asking what can be expected from a Trump presidency — and whether his policy proposals will be implemented.
Because of the system of checks and balances created by the U.S. Constitution, much depends on whether the U.S. Congress supports the policies Trump proposes.
Trump will need backing from the legislature or the judiciary if he is to implement campaign promises like cutting taxes on businesses, changing the country’s libel laws, or overturning President Barack Obama’s health-care reforms.
But experts say that Trump could implement many of his plans simply by issuing executive orders.
In fact, a transition team that Trump has had in place for months has been identifying about 25 executive orders he could sign immediately after taking office on January 20.
In terms of foreign policy, “The president’s powers theoretically are immense,” said Dana Allin, a U.S. foreign policy expert at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
“It’s very difficult to see how those would be easily constrained by Congress,” Allin said. “The president is in a position to do a lot in this area — to make decisions about the disposition of troops about whether to take military action. I’m not sure there would be much control over him.”
Here are some of the positions Trump has staked out:
Russia And NATO
Trump has said he would rather “have Russia friendly” to the United States than “the way they are right now,” contending that warmer ties would mean the two countries “can go and knock out” the Islamic State militant group together. He has also voiced confidence that he could easily reverse the drastic downturn in relations.