US election: Trump outlines plan for first 100 days

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Donald Trump, lagging behind Hillary Clinton in polls, has outlined what he would do in his first 100 days were he to become US president.

With 17 days until the election, much of the recent focus has been on controversies linked to his campaign.

But in a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he sought to highlight changes he would introduce.

Among them were restrictions on lobbyists and a renegotiation on trade and climate change deals.

Mrs Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are also appearing at events on Saturday in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state in the race for the White House.

Mr Trump’s advisers indicated before his speech that the measures announced would serve as the focus for the remaining two weeks of his campaign.

Among the key details he announced were:

  • restrictions on White House officials becoming lobbyists after they leave office;
  • term limits for members of Congress;
  • the cancellation of all payments to UN climate change programmes and the redeployment of those funds to fix US infrastructure;
  • the start of the process of “removing the more than two million criminal, illegal immigrants” – and the denial of visa-free travel to countries who refused to take back their citizens

The speech was one of the most detailed by Mr Trump during his candidacy, and also touched on matters of security, economy and trade.

He said the country was facing a “fork in the road” over its future.

While some polls have shown he has eaten into Mrs Clinton’s lead over the past week, after the third presidential debate, she is still leading him in a number of the key swing states.

Before his speech, Mr Trump again attacked leading media outlets and suggested they were biased against him.

He vowed to break up media conglomerates, saying he would scrap the rumoured purchase of the Time Warner company, the owner of CNN, by AT&T. However, those comments were made outside of his main speech, and it was not clear if they were being put forward as policy.

Mr Trump also said he would sue every woman who has accused him of sexual assault or inappropriate behaviour as soon as his presidential campaign was over.

Ten women have come forward to accuse him of inappropriate behaviour, in the weeks after a video emerged of him boasting of groping women and kissing them.

“Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign,” he told the audience in Gettysburg.

He said the media was fabricating stories to make him “look as bad and dangerous as possible”.

What happens next?

  • The two candidates will spend the remaining 17 days before the election criss-crossing the US in their bid to persuade undecided voters. Expect to see lots of appearances in battleground states such as Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania
  • Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday 8 November to decide who becomes the 45th president of the US
  • The new president will be inaugurated on 20 January 2017

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