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US elections: Trump outlines policies for first 100 days in office, vows to weaken US media 'power structure'

Trump also threatened to sue a number of women who had accused him of sexually assaulting them. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Gettysburg, PA, United States Oct 22, 2016, 08.24 PM (IST)


During the weekend battleground campaign blitz, US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled plans for the first 100 days in office if elected president, but also defiantly raised personal grievances. 

The real estate mogul, during his 45-minute speech in Gettysburg, vowed to bring change to a "broken system" offering a number of concrete policy initiatives. Echoing former US president Abraham Lincoln's famous 1863 address in the historic town, Trump told several hundred supporters that he would "drain the swamp in Washington" and replace it "with a new government of, by and for the people". 

But moments after promising Americans a "once in a lifetime change" he threatened to sue a number of women, the "liars", who had accused him of sexual assault. He added a new threat of his repeated criticisms of the US media companies, accusing them of unfair coverage of his campaign to help Democratic rival candidate Hillary Clinton. He, in fact, said that Clinton should have been barred from running for the presidency. 

"As an example of the power structure I'm fighting, AT&T is buying Time Warner and thus CNN, a deal we will not approve in my administration because it's too much concentration of power in the hands of too few," Trump said.

Delivering prepared remarks, he pledged to create at least 25 million jobs over a decade and cut middle class taxes, as both Trump and Clinton courted undecided swing state voters. 

He also listed many of his familiar campaign proposals, such as renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care reform.

With just over two weeks to go before the election day, the former secretary of state is leading in the national polls over Trump, according to RealClearPolitics. 

The Democratic candidate, Clinton leads in several battleground states, ranging from North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania to Virginia. The candidate vying to become America's first female president made two campaign stops in Pennsylvania on Saturday. 

In a rare acknowledgment that he might lose, Trump said he would give the campaign everything he had, "right up until the actual vote", but added that "win, lose or draw...I will be happy with myself". 

Experts have said if Trump loses the key swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Clinton is all but assured of victory.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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