2016 Post-election Analysis: A New Administration and a New Congress - What to Expect

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On November 8, the American public elected Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, while casting their ballots as well for one third of the 100 Senators and all of the 435 House Members who will make up the 115th Congress that convenes in January 2017 under continued Republican control.

We expect President-Elect Trump to approach the presidency with the same tenacity and audacity he brought to the presidential campaign. After repeatedly seeing him defy expectations and prove conventional wisdom wrong, one cannot discount the possibility that the Trump approach, when applied to actual governing, could produce results. It seems a reasonable possibility that the Trump presidency could eventually take on the now-familiar characteristics of a Trump political campaign: chaotic, messy, divisive, controversial and often outrageous – but, in the end, surprisingly effective.

We are mildly optimistic about the potential for President-Elect Trump, a Republican Senate and a Republican House to address some of the most pressing needs of the country, starting early next year, including on such major issues as infrastructure spending, international tax reform and immigration reform.

In our post-election analysis, we offer our thoughts on the major policy areas that will drive the agenda in Washington DC for the next two years, as the White House and the leadership take stock of what the public expressed through their ballot decisions and what it means for the 2018 elections.

As we look ahead to the next two years, we look forward to using our global reach to help our clients achieve their public policy-driven business objectives in Washington DC and in capitals around the world.