Trump cards: How latest campaign stop teased Donald’s platform in fight with Biden

Former President Donald Trump gave voters a sneak peek at his campaign platform this summer on Tuesday night if he’s the Republican nominee for president.

During a town hall with Fox News’s Laura Ingraham, Trump criticized the Biden administration’s policies and handling of certain crises, including the border crisis.

Here is a look at what Trump has teased as the starting point for his next administration:

Closing the border

Trump has been vocal in his criticism of President Joe Biden’s border policies, which have led to unprecedented levels of illegal immigration. The border crisis has led to an influx of immigrants to many of the country’s “sanctuary” cities, such as New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

Trump has vowed to close down the border and warned that the crisis has led to serious national security risks, including possible terrorist attacks, because of a lack of proper screening of the immigrants.

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High interest rates

Trump also included “high interest rates” on his list of complaints about Biden’s economy. He has previously complained interest rates are too high for people to buy homes.

“Interest rates are very high. They’re too high. People can’t buy homes,” Trump told NBC in September. “They can’t do anything. I mean, they can’t borrow money.” 

If he wins a second term, Trump said he will replace Jerome Powell, claiming the Federal Reserve chairman is “going to do something to help the Democrats, if he lowers interest rates.”

The Fed has been ratcheting up the federal funds rate in order to address soaring inflation under Biden. Inflation is improving, but not as quickly as experts would like, despite Powell and the Fed’s efforts.

Kill electric vehicle mandate

FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2020 file photo, a 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV is displayed at the 2020 Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Trump said that when it comes to the Biden administration’s electric vehicle agenda, it goes too far in requiring nearly 70% of new car and truck sales to be fully electric by 2032 and said the public should have more options.

“Who wants all-electric vehicles? And they’re fine, but you want to have choice,” Trump told Ingraham. “You want to go to combustion. You want to go to hybrids. I think hybrids are much better.”

Faucets

The most surprising topic on Trump’s policy list are faucets that he claims do not work in states like Ohio. Trump also claims the faucets on newer, energy-saving fixtures and appliances have lower water pressure.

“They come out with faucets where no water comes out,” Trump said Tuesday night. “You know, if you go and buy a home, and they know what I mean, the showers, you stand under a shower and there’s no water coming, and you end up standing there five times longer.”

Trump’s gripes with Biden’s rules about household items goes back to 2021, when the White House proposed a rule change killing the Trump administration’s effort to alter a water conservation rule for shower heads.

Strong military

The Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Trump has repeatedly slammed the Biden administration on having a weak military as all branches of the Armed Forces face a recruiting shortage. Trump has also railed against the administration over the “disastrous” Afghanistan withdrawal and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s recent hospitalization.

The need for a strong U.S. military comes amid multiple wars in Europe and the Middle East.

Choice in education

Trump claimed America wants more choices in education and has backed “school choice” programs that would use taxpayer funding to send students to private or religious schools. 

The topic comes as more parents get fed up with the country’s public school system and seek alternative options for educating their children, including private schools, personal tutors, and homeschooling. 

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Energy prices

Trump also vowed that if he were elected in November that he would lower energy prices so the United States would have the lowest energy prices among industrial countries, according to his campaign website. 

Trump said he would rescind a lot of the Biden administration’s energy policies on his first day in office, exit the Paris Climate Agreement, and support nuclear energy.

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