Donald Trump achievements
This article is a non-exhaustive list of political achievements (and failures) of United States President Donald Trump (and also Congress) in passing conservative legislation, advancing conservative ideals, and Making America Great Again.
When adding additional examples, please add at least one reliable source for each example for future reference.
- 1 Trump Transition
- 2 As U.S. President
- 2.1 Social policy
- 2.2 Immigration, illegal immigration, and border security
- 2.3 Economic and energy policy
- 2.4 Trade
- 2.5 Foreign policy
- 2.6 Size of Government
- 2.7 Military
- 2.8 Proclamations
- 2.9 Other
- 3 Non-legislative or policy achievements
- 4 The courts
- 5 Trump and the stock market
- 6 Donald Trump's victories over the liberal media establishment
- 7 Failures
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Despite not even being inaugurated, Trump made several notable accomplishments.
- November 2016 — In an effort to "Drain the Swamp," Trump instituted a 5-year lobbying ban for potential administration picks as well as transition team members. This is much longer than Barack Obama's ban, which was for two years.
- After Trump's election and because of his strong criticism of outsourcing, numerous businesses have specifically backed off from outsourcing jobs to foreign nations, citing Trump as either the reason or a large reason.
- In June 2016, President Barack Obama told a Carrier employee at a town hall meeting that there was nothing that could be done about the trend of jobs leaving America. Less than a month after Trump’s election win, Carrier tweeted that they reached a deal with the President-elect to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indiana. Trump also motivated Ford to scrap their plans for a $1.6 billion plant planned for Mexico and instead will invest $700 million in a Michigan assembly plant creating 700 new jobs.
- Trump picked the most conservative cabinet, at least in recent U.S. history. In addition, rather than picking establishment Washington RINOs with worthless governmental experience in the capital city, Trump chose an unorthodox cabinet of true conservatives, small-government proponents, and outsiders. Additionally, Trump nominated David Friedman—one of the most pro-Israel figures in the entire world—as U.S. ambassador to Israel (which other Republicans likely would not have done), and he ordered all of Obama's ambassadors to leave by Inauguration Day.
- December 2016 — In foreign policy, even before being inaugurated, Trump broke decades of leftist policy instituted by liberal Jimmy Carter by answering a phone call from the president of Taiwan, which showed he is able to stand up to the "People's" "Republic" of China.
- December 2016/January 2017 — Trump criticized Boeing and Lockheed Martin for selling the U.S. overpriced weaponry (including the failed F-35 Lightning II program), and he criticized Boeing for planning an extremely overpriced new Air Force One. After criticizing Boeing over Air Force One and meeting with its executives, the company's CEO assured Trump that the new plane would not be over budget.
- January 2017 — Trump stopped the GOP-controlled House from changing the House Ethics Oversight panel rules after tweeting against the change. While the panel does have problems that the proposed change would address and many fake MSM news surrounding it, Trump reminded the House to focus first on helping the American people rather than themselves.
- Due to Trump's election, U.S. generals in Iraq fighting the Islamic State began taking greater freedom to conduct operations in the way they saw fit.
As U.S. President
Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017, giving one of the strongest inauguration addresses in American history. His first bill signed as president was to allow retired general and Defense Secretary nominee James Mattis to be confirmed. He had a very busy and productive first week, undoing Obama's legacy and instituting conservative executive orders.
Due to his promotion and support of conservative, America First policies, President Trump faced large opposition from the left, including from within the government bureaucracy. Additionally, Senate Democrats unduly delayed Trump's cabinet nominees at historic and unprecedented proportions—by February 8, 2017, only George Washington had fewer cabinet nominees confirmed by this length of time into his presidency.
- January 20, 2017—On his first day in office, Trump signed an executive order that would lessen Obamacare's burden while Republicans work to repeal and replace the failed bureaucratic law.
- January 23, 2017—President Trump signed an order reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which defunded International Planned Parenthood and other organizations that promote foreign abortions.
- February 9, 2017—President Trump signed three executive orders pertaining to law enforcement. The first cracked down and strengthens the law against international crime organizations, the second deals with anti-law enforcement crimes, and third with finding a strategy for reducing crime in general, "including, in particular, illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime."
- February 22, 2017—President Trump rescinded former President Obama's pro-transgender federal public school guidelines. A day earlier, the Trump Administration announced it would discontinue Obama's pro-transgender policies.
Immigration, illegal immigration, and border security
- January 25, 2017—Trump signed two executive orders. The first one included ordering the "immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border," the hiring of 5,000 additional border control agents, and ending "catch-and-release" policies for illegal immigrants. The second order called for hiring an additional 10,000 federal immigration officers, re-establishing the Secure Communities Program and other local partnerships, making the deportation of criminal illegal immigrants a priority, directing the State Department to use leverage to ensure countries-of-origin take back illegal immigrants, and stripping federal grant money from sanctuary cities and states.
- January 25, 2017—Trump promised to investigate voter fraud in the U.S. While this appears to have only been an announcement of a future action, it shows that President Trump is serious about voter fraud.
- January 27, 2017—Trump signed an executive order indefinitely banning the admission of Syrian refugees, suspending the overall refugee program for 120 days, suspending entry and the issuing of visas from several unstable Islamic majority countries for at least 90 days, and reducing the number of refugees allowed into the nation during the fiscal year from 110,000 to 50,000. Additionally, Trump made clear that he would help Christian refugees, a reversal from the Obama Administration. Despite criticism from leftists and non-conservatives, 49 percent of the American public supported the decision compared to 41 percent opposed, according to the "mainstream" Reuters, and 57% percent of likely American voters supported the ban according to Rasmussen. Additionally, while the leftist establishment European leaders opposed the ban, a strong majority—55% average—of Europeans support the ban, according to a poll in 10 European Union nations.
Economic and energy policy
- January 24, 2017—Trump signed two orders reviving consideration for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects, which Obama halted due to supposed environmental concerns.
- January 24, 2017—In addition to the above, Trump signed three other orders, one requiring the United States Secretary of Commerce make a plan within six months mandating all new or improved pipelines be made with American steel, another order requiring every federal agency to streamline manufacturing regulations, and the third allowing fast-track approval for important infrastructure projects.
- February 3, 2017—Trump signed an order directing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, upon his confirmation, to plan changes to the Dodd-Frank bank regulatory law in order to cut much of it.
- January 23, 2017—Trump signed an order which withdrew the United States from the globalist Trans-Pacific Partnership.
- February 3, 2017—After Iran tested a ballistic missile in apparent violation of a UN Security Council resolution, the Trump Administration instituted economic sanctions against 13 Iranian individuals and 12 companies.
Size of Government
- February 14, 2017—President Trump signed a bill into law repealing an Obama Era relation requiring energy companies to disclose financial transactions with foreign governments.
- February 16, 2017—President Trump signed a bill into law blocking the "Stream Protection Rule," an environmental regulation.
- January 20, 2017—On its first day in office, the Trump Administration ordered a regulatory freeze on all federal governmental agencies.
- January 20 and 23, 2017—After he was inaugurated, the Trump administration instituted a federal hiring freeze. On January 23, 2017, Trump signed an executive order instituting the hiring freeze, from which the military was exempted.
- January 30, 2017—Trump signed an executive order that requires two federal regulations must be eliminated for every regulation created.
- February 3, 2017—President Trump signed a memorandum directing the United States Department of Labor to review a regulation signed by Obama set to go into effect.
- February 24, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order requiring every federal agency to create a "regulatory reform task force" to find unnecessary, burdensome regulations to repeal. This order was called "the most far reaching effort to pare back U.S. red tape in recent decades."
- February 28, 2017—President Trump announced that he did not plan on filling numerous government positions he considered unnecessary. According to one source, about vacant 1,600 positions were likely included in this list.
- January 27, 2017—Trump signed a memorandum to begin the expansion and rebuilding of the U.S. military.
- February 3, 2017—The Trump Administration and Lockheed Martin reached a tentative deal that would purchase 90 F-35 jet at the lowest price in the program's history.
- January 20, 2017—The day he was inaugurated, Trump instituted a national day of patriotism for the country, and a few days later Trump officially designated his inauguration day the National Day of Patriotic Devotion.
- January 22-28, 2017—National School Choice Week, as proclaimed by President Trump
- On January 5, 2017, the U.S. House passed a motion condemning Obama's allowing a leftist anti-Israel resolution to pass in the UN. Additionally, Trump voiced his strong support for Israel during his transition.
- January 20, 2017—On the day he took office, Trump returned the bust of UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill to the Oval Office that Obama removed when he took office. He also accepted the United Kingdom's offer to re-loan the second identical bust of Churchill, which Obama removed and returned after the first loan expired.
- January 28, 2017—Trump signed an executive order banning administration officials from lobbying their federal agencies for five years, as well as banning them for life from lobbying foreign nations and political parties.
- January 30, 2017—Trump showed he would not tolerate incompetent leftist administration officials when he fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates (a left-wing Obama holdover) when she refused to defend his refugee and immigration ban executive order. Trump emulated Ronald Reagan's firing of the striking PATCO workers in 1981 by doing so, contrary to the mainstream media spin. That same night, Trump replaced the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (another Obama holdover) with a more competent official who had a reputation for enforcing immigration laws.
Non-legislative or policy achievements
- Trump has been bold enough to meet with conservative, right-wing figures who stand boldly for small government and conservatism, unlike many other Republicans. For example, he met with Alex Jones, becoming (after his election) the first President-elect to have ever met with Alex Jones. Also, Trump has had very strong relations with Nigel Farage of the United Kingdom Independence Party.,
- Trump has stood up to political correctness and the left-wing consensus in numerous aspects, most notably for rejecting political correctness and communicating directly to the public rather than the mainstream media. Also, Trump has been bold in rejecting the term "happy holidays."
- January 20, 2017—Trump became the first president to say "radical Islamic terrorism" in his inaugural address.
- January 27, 2017—Vice President Mike Pence became the first vice president in United States history to speak at the annual March for Life march in Washington D.C. Additionally, Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway also spoke at the event, and Trump himself strongly expressed his support for the march.
On January 31, 2017, Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The nomination was well received by many conservatives. Others however, most notably Andrew Schlafly, disagreed with the nomination due to concerns about Gorsuch's position on abortion.
Trump and the stock market
With expectations that Trump's election victory would cause the markets to plunge, the Dow Jones Industrial Average actually performed very strongly, closing at the highest level it had ever reached in history after the second day. It is rare for the stock market to rise immediately after a U.S. presidential election regardless of the winner. The stock market had its best week in five years due to optimism of a Trump presidency.
Trump was very busy in his first week and showed he was serious about his campaign promises. This caused the stock market to increase, and the Dow Jones passed 20,000 points for the first time in its history.
Donald Trump's victories over the liberal media establishment
- Donald Trump helped further discredit the mainstream media due to his repeatedly challenging their honesty and by demonstrating that their predictions regarding his candidacy were repeatedly false. American's who trust the media is at 32% according to the Gallup organization which is at an all time low. Additionally, between the 2016 election and late January, trust in the media fell from 21 to 15 percent among Trump voters, and even among Clinton voters it fell from 57 to 51 percent.
- Donald Trump's humor has cut down leading media figures to size. He told Wolf Blitzer of CNN that if Megyn Kelly didn't repeatedly attack him, her audience would be even smaller than Blitzer's. When asked by George Stephanopoulos what his biggest mistakes were on the campaign trail, he pointed that Stephanopoulos has regrets too and pointed out his donation to the Clinton Foundation.
- At an hour-long press conference on February 16, 2017, Trump repeatedly criticized the press as biased and "so dishonest ... out of control."
- On February 17, 2017, Trump tweeted: "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"
- On February 24, 2017, President Trump excluded several liberal media organizations from attending a press briefing.
Via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube Donald Trump has established a massive direct link to the American public which is unfiltered by the mainstream media. His social media audience is about 45 million people.
- January 31, 2017—President Trump announced he would keep a 2014 executive order signed by former President Obama that gave protected status to homosexual employees of the government and federal contractors.
- February 2, 2017—Trump stated that building new settlements in the West Bank "may not be helpful" to achieving peace in the Middle East, and he appeared to shift his formerly strong stance on moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem as he had previously stated.
- President Trump did not launch an infrastructure investment project early in his administration to create jobs as promised.[Citation Needed]
- President Trump and congressional Republicans did not repeal and replace ObamaCare immediately or quickly as promised.
- President Trump did not sign an executive order ending no gun zones on schools early in his presidency as promised.
- February 2017—Despite enacting a crackdown on illegal immigration, President Trump announced he would keep DACA, which basically allows illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to stay.
Concerning Trump's presidency
Concerning leftists and Trump
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