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While he may have faced a primary challenge from former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, President Trump has a significant advantage over his opponents: a preexisting campaign infrastructure and a war chest larger than any other candidate.

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Position on Issues

2019

"The US is likely to ramp up pressure on China by raising existing tariffs if a trade deal is not reached soon between the two countries, a key White House adviser has said.

"The world's two largest economies have been locked in a bruising trade war since Trump in March last year imposed tariff hikes of up to 25 per cent on USD 250 billion of Chinese goods.

"In response, China, the world's second-largest economy after the US, imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on USD 110 billion of American goods.

"Michael Pillsbury, an adviser to the White House on China policy, said that Trump would likely escalate the trade war by raising existing tariffs if no deal is reached."

Candidate's Facebook Page, 2016

"Let me be clear-I am pro-life. I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk. I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me. ... If using taxpayer money to facilitate our slide to a culture of death was not enough, the 1973 decision became a landmark decision demonstrating the utter contempt the court had for federalism and the 10th Amendment. Roe v. Wade gave the court an excuse to dismantle the decisions of state legislatures and the votes of the people. This is a pattern that the court has repeated over and over again since that decision. Perhaps Roe v. Wade became yet another incidence of disconnect between the people and their government."

Candidate's Website, 2019

"To keep pace with the needs of a growing economy, the Trump administration is committed to improvements that address all facets of infrastructure. So the president is calling upon Congress to pass legislation that delivers new and important infrastructure investment to clear up the backlog of needed repairs and modernize America's aging infrastructure."

Candidate's Website, 2019

Trump supports Association Health Plans and short-term, limited duration plans, which do not have to offer all of the ten essential health benefits in the Affordable Care Act.

Other, 2016

"Well Paul ... nice guy but I disagree with him on this... Paul wants to knock out Social Security, knock it down, way down... No. 1 you're going to lose the election if you do that... But more importantly... I want to keep SS intact... I'm not going to cut it, and I'm not going to raise ages, and I'm not going to do all of the things that they want to do. But they want to really cut it, and they want to cut it very substantially, the Republicans, and I'm not going to do that."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"For decades, American taxpayers have been wrongfully forced to subsidize the abortion industry through Title 10 federal funding. So today, we have kept another promise. My administration has proposed a new rule to prohibit Title 10 funding from going to any clinic that performs abortions."

Other, 2019

"Last Thursday, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner (R) teamed up to announce the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES). According to Gardner, the bill will 'ensure that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders. The bill also extends these protections to Washington, D.C, U.S. territories, and federally recognized tribes, and contains common-sense guardrails to ensure that states, territories and tribes regulating marijuana do so safely.'

"President Trump appears to be all in on the bill. Before jetting off to the G-7 summit in Canada, he told reporters, 'I support Senator Gardner. I know exactly what he's doing. We're looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.'"

Candidate's Website, 2017

"The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers - who I love - and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"The Democrats' socialist 'Medicare for All' plan would devastate the American healthcare market and lead to higher taxes."

Candidate's Website, 2019

"They say walls don't work. Walls work 100 percent. Whether it's El Paso - I really was smiling, because the other night I was in El Paso - we had a tremendous crowd, and - tremendous crowd. And I asked the people - many of whom were from El Paso, but they came from all over Texas. And I asked them. I said, 'Let me ask you, as a crowd: When the wall went up, was it better?' You were there, some of you. It was not only better; it was like 100 percent better."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"On October 26, 2017, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies to use all lawful means to combat the drug demand and opioid crisis. He also directed the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the crisis a Public Health Emergency.

'We are already distributing nearly $1 billion in grants for addiction prevention and treatment, and more than $50 million to support law enforcement programs that assist those facing prison and facing addiction,' the President said before signing the memorandum. 'We have also launched an $81 million partnership to research better pain management techniques for our incredible veterans.

The President's proposed Federal Budget requests $3 billion in new funding in 2018 and $10 billion in 2019 for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat the opioid epidemic by expanding access to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. The funding would also go toward addressing mental health concerns."

2019

"In early May 2019, Trump's Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, testified before two Congressional committees, declaring: 'We do not support a change in the federal minimum wage at this time.'"

Other, 2015

In his 2000 book "The America We Deserve", Trump voiced support for private Social Security accounts. However, at the November 2015 Politics and Eggs forum, he said, "My plan is to leave Social Security alone. What we're going to do is get rid of the fraud, abuse and waste."

Candidate's Website, 2019

"Today, I signed into law the 'Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,' which enacts new sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. I favor tough measures to punish and deter bad behavior by the rogue regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang. I also support making clear that America will not tolerate interference in our democratic process, and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization.

"That is why, since taking office, I have enacted tough new sanctions on Iran and North Korea, and shored up existing sanctions on Russia.

"...Still, the bill remains seriously flawed - particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch's authority to negotiate. Congress could not even negotiate a healthcare bill after seven years of talking. By limiting the Executive's flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together. The Framers of our Constitution put foreign affairs in the hands of the President. This bill will prove the wisdom of that choice.

"Yet despite its problems, I am signing this bill for the sake of national unity. It represents the will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve relations with the United States. We hope there will be cooperation between our two countries on major global issues so that these sanctions will no longer be necessary."

2019

"The Administration recognizes that the only way to reform Medicaid and set it on a sound fiscal path is by putting States on equal footing with the Federal Government to implement comprehensive Medicaid financing reform through a per capita cap or block grant. A new Federal-State partnership is necessary to eliminate inefficient Medicaid spending, including repeal of the Medicaid expansion, and reducing financing gimmicks such as provider taxes. The Budget would empower States to design State-based solutions that prioritize Medicaid dollars for the most vulnerable and support innovation."

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2016

"I will not support or endorse a carbon tax!"

Other, 2019

In 2015, Trump said, "That's probably one of the only things the government shouldn't make money off - I think it's terrible that one of the only profit centers we have is student loans."

However, Trump has not taken significant action on student loans, and there has been some controversy over the issue in his administration.

In 2018 Seth Frotman, the student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, published a scathing resignation letter that said, "the Bureau has abandoned the very consumers it is tasked by Congress with protecting. Instead, you have used the Bureau to serve the wishes of the most powerful financial companies in America."

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