Donald Trump made some of the most divisive and outlandish pledges ever heard during a US election campaign.
Supporters hailed him as an outspoken radical, but are they about to discover what happens when a politician says anything to win an election?
Trump railed against Barack Obama’s flagship policy to allow millions of poor Americans to access healthcare.
Pledging to ditch the policy during the campaign, he said: “We will do it very quickly. It is a catastrophe.”
Now he says he might simply reform it, keeping the ban on insurers denying coverage for pre-existing conditions and allowing young adults to be insured on parents’ policies.
Trump said he was persuaded to keep the elements by Mr Obama, who he previously accused of founding the Islamic State.
Jailing Hillary Clinton
Trump told supporters he would appoint a prosecutor to pursue criminal charges against his Democratic rival over her use of a private email server as Secretary of State, a scandal he said was “bigger than Watergate”.
At his rallies they chanted: “Lock her up, lock her up”. He said to her face that if he were in power: “You’d be in jail.”
But asked about the plan after his win, he said: “It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought.”
After a single phone call with Clinton, Trump was apparently convinced she is actually not a politician whose “corruption is on a scale we’ve never seen before”, but instead that she “couldn’t have been nicer”.
The Mexico wall
Possibly the greatest symbol of Trump’s uncompromising approach. After claiming that Mexicans coming across the border are “bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists”, he later declared: “We’re going to do a wall.”
Furthermore, he said Mexico would pay to build it, leading to supporters chanting: “Build the wall!”
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump adviser, has now cast doubt on whether the new president would pursue its neighbour after all.
He said: “He’ll spend a lot of time controlling the border. He may not spend very much time trying to get Mexico to pay for it, but it was a great campaign device.”
There were cheers from Trump supporters, and global outrage, when Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” in 2015.
This year the idea was recast as a ban on people from nations that were “compromised by terrorism”. After meeting Republican leaders this week a reporter asked Trump, “will you ask Congress to ban all Muslims from entering the country?”
He appeared to hear the question before thanking everybody and leaving.
While blaming foreign powers for the demise of US industry, Trump pointed a finger at Beijing. He suggested a tax on Chinese goods which “should be 45 per cent”. Senior policy adviser Wilbur Ross has now retreated.
“He’s been misquoted about the 45 per cent on China. Everybody says, ‘Oh, he’s going to slap 45 per cent tariff on everything out of China.’ That’s not what he said, and it’s not what he intends,” Ross told Yahoo Finance.
“What he actually said was if it turns out that the Chinese yuan is 45 per cent overvalued, or as much as 45, and if they won’t negotiate with us, then it may become necessary as a negotiating measure to threaten them with as much as a 45 per cent tariff.”
Not such a catchy chant for a campaign rally.
Iran nuclear deal
Iran is another foreign country that provided Mr Trump with a handy target during his election campaign.
In October Vice President-elect Mike Pence said a Trump administration would “rip up the Iran deal”.
But Trump adviser Walid Phares told the BBC after the election win: “‘Ripping up’ is maybe a too strong word. He’s going to take that agreement, it’s been done before in international context, and then review it.”
President Donald Trump life in pictures
President Donald Trump life in pictures
Donald Trump poses in a rocking chair once used by President John F. Kennedy at his New York City residence
Developer Donald Trump with his new bride Marla Maples after their wedding at the Plaza hotel in New York
Donald Trump and Celina Midelfart watch the match between Conchita Martinez and Amanda Coetzer during U.S. Open. She was the date whom Donald Trump was with when he met his current wife Melania at a party in 1996
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas serving as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500, speaks to Donald Trump and Melania Knauss on the starting grid at the Daytona International Speedwa
Developer Donald Trump talks with his former wife Ivana Trump during the men's final at the U.S. Open
Donald Trump and his friend Melania Knauss pose for photographers as they arrive at the New York premiere of Star Wars Episode : 'The Phantom Menace,'
Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump talks with host Larry King. Trump told King that he was moving toward a possible bid for the United States presidency with the formation of a presidential exploratory committee
Donald Trump answers questions as Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura looks on in Brooklyn Park. Trump said on Friday he 'very well might' make a run for president under the Reform Party banner but had not made a final decision
Billionaire Donald Trump makes a face at a friend as he sits next to Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso before the start of the 2003 Miss Universe pageant in Panama City
Entrepreneur Donald Trump is greeted by a Marilyn Monroe character look-a-alike, as he arrives at Universal Studios Hollywood to attend the an open casting call for his NBC television network reality series 'The Apprentice.'
Donald Trump and Simon Cowell present an Emmy during the 56th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles
Donald Trump and Megan Mullally perform at the 57th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles
Donald Trump, poses with his children, son Donald Trump, Jr., and daughters Tiffany and Ivanka
Billionaire Donald Trump told Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner on Tuesday she would be given a second chance after reported misbehavior
Donald Trump holds a replica of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as his wife Melania holds their son Barron in Los Angeles
U.S. property mogul Donald Trump stands next to a bagpiper during a media event on the sand dunes of the Menie estate, the site for Trump's proposed golf resort, near Aberdeen, north east Scotland
Other countries will pay for their own defence
Nato allies were left shaken after Trump appeared to say he could withdraw US backing for the alliance, if the he did not feel they were paying enough for defence.
He also said he would be willing to withdraw US military stationed in South Korea unless Seoul paid more.
After a phone call with Park Geun-hye, the South Korean President’s office reported that Trump pledged his commitment to defending South Korea under an existing security alliance.
Bringing back waterboarding
Trump left critics gobsmacked after saying during the campaign he would reinstate the use of waterboarding. The practice was made illegal after its use during the Bush era.
CNN reported that former Republican House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Rogers said this week that Trump’s remarks were just “campaign talk”.
Law and Order
He told supporters that any politician who failed to grasp the need for law and order is “not fit to lead our country”.
But despite repeating the phrase “law and order” four whole times at one rally, the rest of his divisive rhetoric has still had adverse consequences.
Rowdy protests have already led to dozens of arrests. Demonstrators across the US are preparing for a weekend of action. More than 10,000 people signed up to attend a noon march today in New York. Other activists have begun work to disrupt his inauguration, according to reports.Reuse content