GETTYSBURG: Republican Donald Trump vowed to bring change to a “broken system” in Washington, in a speech Saturday laying out plans for his first 100 days in office if elected president on November 8.
The billionaire real estate magnate vowed to “drain the swamp in Washington” and replace it “with a new government of, by and for the people” — echoing Abraham Lincoln’s famous 1863 Civil War address in this historic town.
“Change has to come from outside our very broken system,” Trump told several hundred supporters.
“Our campaign represents the kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime.”
In his 45-minute speech, delivered using prepared remarks instead of in his usual off-the-cuff style, Trump laid out proposals for his first 100 days in office.
Trump pledged to deliver “at least 25 million jobs in one decade,” tame illegal immigration, impose Congressional term limits, renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement — and repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform.
He also said he would “cancel billions in payments to UN climate change programs” and use the savings “to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.”
Trump also listed many of his familiar campaign pledges, such as renegotiating or pulling out of trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
“I am not a politician, and have never wanted to be one,” Trump said. “But when I saw the trouble our country was in, I felt I had to act.”