With much of the world still reacting to the reality of a Trump presidency, serious questions have to be raised about what this means for our industry. On January 20, 2017 Donald J Trump will become the President of the United States of America, and businesses have to plan accordingly.
With any new President there is a disconnect between what is promised during the heat of an election campaign and what occurs in office, but previous administrations have managed to fulfill a surprising number of promises.
The next leader of the free world
Political scientist Michael Krukones’ 1984 study found that 75 percent of presidential campaign promises made were kept, while fact-checking organization PolitiFact put Barack Obama’s rate of fulfilling or compromising on a promise at 70 percent.
For the first time since 1928, Republicans have control of the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate (as well as the ability to nominate at least one Supreme Court judge). Trump therefore will also likely have a greater ability to follow through on policy decisions than many of the presidents that came before him, with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan saying the billionaire businessman had “just earned a mandate.”
But Senate Democrats will still be able to filibuster some Republican legislation - as the Republicans did during Obama’s term. Trump has also already spoken of his willingness to change stances on topics, such as with his plans for the Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare.”
With that in mind, DCD takes a look at what Trump has said, as well as how markets are already reacting in areas that impact the Internet infrastructure sector.
Considering the momentous change a new president represents, we split our coverage of Trump into several manageable sections, viewable below.