Trump lays out presidential plans as 11th woman makes accusations

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Donald Trump on Saturday laid out far-reaching plans for the start of his US presidency if he wins November elections.
The announcement came as an 11th woman came forward to accuse the Republican nominee of making unwanted sexual advances.

In a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Trump vowed to withdraw from or renegotiate international trade deals, begin removing illegal immigrants and implement ethics reforms for government officials.

“We now find ourselves at that very special fork in the road,” Trump said as he outlined the actions he would take in his first 100 days in the White House.

“Do we repeat the mistakes of the past or do we choose to believe that a great future still lies ahead for us and our great country?”

Trump vowed to scrap or “totally renegotiate” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada and drop the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) with 11 other Pacific nations.

He said he would label China as a currency manipulator and order officials to tackle trade abuses.

Under a Trump presidency, restrictions on the production of U.S. energy would be removed and U.S. payments to UN climate programmes would be cancelled.

He called for reforms to the federal government, including term limits for lawmakers and a freeze on the hiring of new workers.

He further outlined 10 laws he would seek to have Congress pass, including massive tax cuts and a measure to build a border wall with Mexico.

On immigration he said he would begin to remove two million “criminal illegal immigrants” and cancel other visas to their countries if they refused to readmit them and to end immigration from “terror-prone regions.”

The policies echoed, but stopped short of earlier pledges to deport all illegal immigrants and ban Muslim immigrants.

On the border wall, he insisted Mexico would pay for the structure but did not indicate how he would ensure such an agreement.

Trump said that as an outsider he was positioned to bring real change to Washington and that the establishment was trying to stop him because he endangers their power.

The speech had a renewed focus on policy after weeks of scandals rocked the billionaire’s campaign.

But Trump began the remarks by threatening to sue all of the women who have come forward in recent weeks to accuse him of sexual assault.

“All of these liars will be sued after the election is over,” Trump said as he reiterated allegations that the media was putting out false information to damage his campaign.

He also accused Democrats of fomenting violence at his campaign rallies and said rival Hillary Clinton should never have been allowed to run for president.

“A big part of the rigging of this election is that Hillary is being allowed to run despite having broken so many laws on so many occasions,” he said.

Clinton’s campaign denounced the speech as “rambling, unfocused, full of conspiracy theories and attacks on the media and lacking in any real answers for American families.”

“Today, in what was billed as a major closing argument speech, Trump’s major new policy was to promise political and legal retribution against the women who have accused him of groping them,” spokeswoman Christina Reynolds said.

Meanwhile adult film star Jessica Drake said Trump had kissed her and two friends without their permission before later offering her 10,000 dollars and the use of his private plane to come back to his hotel room.

At a press conference in Los Angeles with Gloria Allred, a lawyer for several of the other women who have accused Trump of sexual assault, Drake said Trump had made the unwanted advance at a celebrity golf tournament a decade ago.

A Trump campaign statement called the latest accusation “totally false and ridiculous.”

Allred also vowed to launch counter suits if Trump sued the victims and to force the billionaire to testify under oath about the incidents.

“Be careful what you wish for Mr Trump,” she said.

Gettysburg, where Trump delivered his speech, was in 1863 the site of one of the major battles of the US Civil War and of a famed address by the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln.

Most polls show Trump trailing Clinton, with less than three weeks to go until the election.

The average of polls by website Real Clear Politics gives Clinton a 6-percentage-point lead, but two recent polls also show the candidates tied.

The winner will be determined based on the outcomes in each of the 50 states, and Pennsylvania is considered among the most crucial states for victory. Clinton also held two rallies in the state Saturday. (dpa/NAN)

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