Trump's First 100 Days Proposal Has Flaws — But Also 3 Opportunities For Common Ground

A chance to come together.

The first 100 days of a presidency are often regarded as the standard for gauging the success of the nation's new commander-in-chief. On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump released his agenda for his first 100 days in office.

Some of Trump's proposals included controversial policies, such as cutting environmental laws that were meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

However, there were a few proposals from Trump that some independents and even a few Democrats might like. Here are three examples:

1. Withdrawing from the TPP.

Trump vigorously ran his campaign against trade proposals that he viewed as a threat to jobs in the United States. He stated staunch opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in particular. While the potential benefits of the TPP are up for debate, withdrawal from this trade deal could potentially unite members of both parties. Bernie Sanders sharply opposed the TPP, and he eventually convinced Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to join him on the issue.

2. Protect American infrastructure from cyber attacks.

After the U.S formally accused Russian hackers of conducting cyber attacks during the election, the conversation about cyber security became mainstream. In addition to political aggression, cyber attacks could have dire national security and economic consequences. Trump's proposal to audit and strengthen computer systems could be widely supported by many people.

3. Impose a five-year ban on lobbying for government employees.

Trump's infamous promise to "drawn the swamp" will now include restrictions on former government workers who want to become lobbyists. It essentially doubles down on a proposal initiated by President Obama, which means there might be some common ground on this issue between members of both parties.

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