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Donald Trump's Political Views

Updated on February 22, 2019

President Trump making one of his signature rhetorical flourishes

Better hope there isn't a pee tape!
Better hope there isn't a pee tape!

Introduction to the Donald

President Donald Trump has been all over the news for his incendiary remarks about Russia, immigration, former President Obama, Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton, the state of the American economy, and his views on immigration, race relations, trade, climate change, and many others. Many people know him for his appearances on "the Apprentice" and his real estate company, which has gone through bankruptcy on multiple occasions, but is there any substance behind his high-profile media presence? Is he actually worth the billions of dollars he claims he is? This hub will attempt to take an unbiased look at Donald Trump's political views so interested voters can see what policies his administration may pursue over the next 4 years. Is he going to repeal ObamaCare? Start a trade war with China? Build a wall between Mexico in the United States and make Mexico pay for it? This hub will try to answer those questions.

Donald has opinions he wants you to know about!
Donald has opinions he wants you to know about!

Donald on the Issues

1. Budget Deficits and Taxes: Trump has been vocal about he sees as runaway budget deficits and growing issues with the total amount of government debt. During his speech announcing his run for President in June 2015, Trump stated "If we have another 3 or 4 years--we're at $8 trillion now--we're soon going to be at $20 trillion. According to the economists--who I'm not big believers in, but, nevertheless, this is what they're saying--that $24 trillion--we're very close--that's the point of no return. $24 trillion. We will be there soon. That's when we become Greece. That's when we become a country that's unsalvageable. And we're gonna be there very soon." Trump has also called for a much simpler tax code, writing in his 2011 book Time to Get Tough that the U.S. should implement a 1-5-10-15 plan, with all citizens paying 1% tax on income up to $30,000, 5 percent on incomes between $30,000-100,000, 10% on income between $100,000-$1,000,000, and 15% on income over $1,000,000. This tax plan seems to be inconsistent with Trump's warning about the federal deficit, as independent analysts have estimated that, if implemented, Trump's plan would "blow a multi-trillion dollar whole in the federal budget."

2. Health Care: Trump has been sharply critical of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), calling it "a catastrophe that must be repealed and replaced." Trump has sharply criticized the Republican Party for failing to propose an alternative to Obamacare, stating in June 2015, "I am a Republican, and I am disappointed with our Republican politicians because they let our president get away with absolute murder." Interestingly, in 1999, Trump total reporters that he was in favor of universal health care, stating "I would put forward a comprehensive health care program and fund it with an increase in corporate taxes."

3. Global Warming and Environmental issues: Trump has strongly denied that global warming is occurring, sending a Tweet in January, 2014 which stated "This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bull--it has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice." Trump also expressed his disapproval of wind farms and other forms of alternative energy, telling Fox News "People are going crazy over the horrible, noisy, disgusting windmills. And they are horrible and a horrible intrusion, ruining communities, and solar is weak and has not been effective and is very, very expensive."

4. Foreign Policy: Trump has generally been critical of the nuclear deal President Obama reached with the Iranian government in July 2015, stating that he "would have walked way from the table." He has stated that President Obama is "the worst thing that ever happened to Israel." Trump has also been critical of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq, telling voters "I'm the only who said 'Don't do Iraq'" in a speech in July, 2015. At the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump recommended the forcible appropriation of Iraqi's oil, stating "I say we should take it and pay ourselves back." Trump has also been sharply criticized for statements made about veterans. When appearing at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, in July 2015, Trump said of Senator and former GOP Presidential candidate John McCain (who spent many years as a POW during the Vietnam War): "He’s not a war hero...He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured."

5. Gay Rights: Trump has stated that he is "for traditional marriage" and that he personally believes marriage is between a man and a woman. Trump has not made many public statements about gay rights laws on topics related to employment and domestic partner benefits.

6. Immigration Policy: Trump has been especially outspoken about immigration. During his campaign launch speech, he stated that "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists....It's coming from more than Mexico. It's coming from all over South and Latin America, and it's coming probably--probably--from the Middle East. But we don't know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don't know what's happening. And it's got to stop and it's got to stop fast." In order to stop this supposed influx of criminals, Trump stated that "I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I'll build them very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall."

7. Education: Trump has called for cutting the "Department of Education way, way, down" and has called the recently implemented Common Core standards "a disaster." Trump has not offered much details on how his education plans would differ besides stating "It should be local and all of that."

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    • My Esoteric profile image

      Scott Belford 

      2 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      It is hard to write a hub like this, and be correct on any given day. That is not because you did a poor job, but because Trump changes his mind depending on the way the wind is blowing at that moment in time. Snark aside,

      - Trump has been a huge hypocrite regarding the national debt and has already changed his tax plan to fit the political winds

      - He has been relatively consistent on his opposition to Obamacare

      - He has also been destructively consistent about wanting to roll back environmental regulations. This is the one issue he has actually been able implement his vision in the first 100 days

      - Reality is making mince-meat out of his secret foreign policy agenda (he really doesn't have one). His views change daily.

      - Trump is probably ambivalent on gay rights and will do whatever makes him get the approval he so desperately needs to keep his psyche in tact.

      - Here he has more or less been consistent. Thank god for the courts and the filibuster.

      - He is all over the map on education, in terms of what he says. But appointing Betsy DeVos as education secretary tells the world he is anti-education.

      Sad to say, willrodgers had it pegged in his comment below.

      In any case, I will link to this hub in some of mine. Keep up the good work.

    • chris7800 profile image


      3 years ago from Northridge, CA

      He has elaborated on some of his positions. This page should be updated.

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      3 years ago

      Trump is a proven contender - especially After super Tuesday 2016 win results and in spite of the long, well researched (if slightly mis-timed) John Oliver take down media attack on Don Trump. Trump backers include "Real American" middle and upper middle class members that work and pay taxes.

      I DO see Trump as the 1 candidate openly speaking his mind even when politically inadvisable. He is even honest and practical about discrimination. Blow-hart or not, working class america is SICK of corrupt career, sellout politicians. America may have a choice for the first time in many decades to get a president that MIGHT really be for the working american people because of Mr Trump.

      Point being Americans usually have no choice or chance for change other than that directed by the elite. Does anyone really think ACA or Obamacare was really Obama's brain child? It has only served to further enslave the working class as planned. Result- insurance companies have never been happier or richer.

      Trump is not perfect but might be a chance for real change to actually make america great again . Other than sports, we have no real heroes for the kids to follow. Nothing but corrupt , negative feedback about our government for years now. Face it, the Only real loyalty seen nowadays is to select companies, special interest groups, pro sports and gangs.

      The Clintons are fully compromised and crooked to the core. We all know that. Cruz is ok but is just another politician and probably cant beat Hillary. Trump is the right guy, in the right place at the right time!

      I heard Trump went republican vs independent to avoid what happened to Perot years ago, which was a good move. Lets see if Mr Trump is tough enough to be the final republican candidate and break the republican's long losing streak for white house bids.

    • willrodgers profile image


      3 years ago from Deerfield Beach, Florida

      I just want to open some eyes for the majority of liberals on Hub Pages. Trump will be our next president. Get on board before the train leaves the station

    • Robert Beyer profile image

      Robert Beyer 

      4 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      It's funny how many political experts do not take Trump seriously. He could win the nomination, but I think it is a long shot.


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