Donald Trump achievements: Economic policy and labor

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Main article: Donald Trump achievements

This article is a non-exhaustive list of achievements by U.S. President Donald Trump, his administration, and Congress related to economic and labor policy.

Legislation signed

  • March 27, 2017—One of the four Congressional Review bills which Trump signed into law that day repealed Obama's Blacklisting Rule, which would have required firms contracted by federal agencies to disclose every claim of unfair labor practices concerning them – something which would have given unionized contractors an upper-hand. On the same day, President Trump signed an executive order repealing the contracting rule.[1]
  • November 1, 2017—President Trump signed a Congressional Review bill into law repealing a regulation enacted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau banning mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts regarding financial services which would allow consumers to join class-action lawsuits against banks and credit card companies.[2]

Executive actions

  • February 3, 2017—President Trump signed an order directing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, upon his confirmation, to plan changes to the Dodd-Frank bank regulatory law in order to cut much of it.[3][4]
  • March 27, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order repealing Obama-era labor law compliance requirements[1] for federal contractors, along with signing a resolution of disapproval that day on the same topic.[5]
  • April 21, 2017—President Trump signed one executive order and two memorandums. The order directed the Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to look at the U.S. tax code and recommend the removal of unnecessary regulations and the two memorandums directing the Treasury Secretary to conduct a review of portions of the Dodd-Frank law.[6]
  • June 15, 2017—President Trump signed executive orders to loosen federal regulations on job-training programs and to encourage apprenticeships and vocational learning.[7]
  • June 16, 2017—The Justice Department under Jeff Sessions officially changed its position on the Supreme Court case NLRB v. Murphy Oil – it is not common for the Justice Department to change its position in court cases.[8]
  • July 28, 2017—The Treasury Department announced it would end an Obama Administration program started in 2015, which was intended to help Americans without 401k plans save for retirement, because it was not cost-effective.[9]
  • September 29, 2017—President Trump disbanded the federal labor-management council, which was created by President Obama, due to it being a waste of time and taxpayer dollars.[10]

Other achievements

While the following achievements were not official United States government policy actions by the Trump Administration, they were closely related to the Trump Administration and its policies:

  • The national debt decreased after President Trump assumed office, unlike Obama.[11] In Trump's first 100 days in office, the U.S. national debt decreased by $100 billion, as opposed to Obama, where the debt grew by $560 billion by the same point in his presidency.[12] While the national debt increased by over $600 billion and passed the $20 trillion mark during fiscal year 2017, the rate of growth was less than half the average during the Obama Administration, and the Trump Administration made moves to reduce the need to borrow money.[13]
  • By the summer of 2017, the economy was clearly improving and growing.[14] The economy rose faster than expected in June 2017, with 222,000 jobs being added,[15] and jobless claims applications and benefits fell.[16] The economy grew faster than expected in July 2017,[17] and it was reported that month that economic growth had increased to 2.6%.[18] The number of job openings greatly increased.[19] The rate of economic growth for the second quarter of 2017 was 3.1%, above the 3% level that Trump pledged to achieve for a sustained period.[20] The U.S. economy again reached 3% economic growth for Q3.[21]
  • The average credit scores of Americans reached an all-time high by July 2017.[22]
  • Food stamp levels fell after Trump took office.[23] By August 2017, the number of people on food stamps had fallen by 1.1 million people since the beginning of Trump's presidency,[24] and it was reported in September 2017 that the number of people using food stamps had declined each month of Trump's presidency to that point.[25]
  • It was reported in early July that U.S. factory activity rose to its highest level since August 2014.[26] It was reported in September 2017 that U.S. manufacturing reached its highest pace of expansion in six years.[27] According to the Institute for Supply Management in October 2017, U.S. factory activity reached its highest level since 2004.[28]
  • One million new jobs were created in President Trump's first six months in office.[29]
  • In addition to the improving economy, American's confidence and optimism increased. By June 2017, Americans' confidence in the economy had risen,[30] and by August it had reached a 16-year high[31] and had doubled since Trump took office.[32] According to the Consumer Confidence Index in October 2017, consumer confidence surged to a 20-year-high.[33] It was reported in August 2017 that the optimism of small business owners was at a ten-year high.[34] It was reported in late September 2017 that the optimism of manufacturers was the highest it had been in 20 years.[35] Consumer spending rose in September 2017.[36] According to Pew Research Center, public confidence in job growth in October 2017 reached the highest point ever since Pew started keeping track in 2001.[37]
  • It was reported in August 2017 that because of the weakening dollar, American corporations had their best earning season in 13 years, with three-quarters of S&P 500 corporations reporting actual earnings above prior estimates and with every sector having at least half its companies meeting or exceeding earnings forecasts.[38]
  • According to the Federal Reserve, U.S. household wealth rose by $1.7 trillion to a record high in the second quarter of 2017.[39]
  • In October 2017, the number of jobless claims fell to the lowest level since 1973 – 44 years.[40]

Trump and the stock market

Despite expectations that Trump's election victory would cause the markets to plunge,[41] the Dow Jones Industrial Average actually performed very strongly, closing at the highest level it had ever reached in history after the second day.[42] It is rare for the stock market to rise immediately after a U.S. presidential election regardless of the winner.[42] The stock market had its best week in five years due to the optimism of a Trump presidency.[43]

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.[44][45] It had been only 42 days since the Dow Jones passed 19,000 points, making it the second-fastest 1,000 point move of the Dow in its history.[46] On March 1, 2017, the day after Trump made his first address to a joint-session of Congress, the stock market rose dramatically again, with the Dow Jones passing the 21,000 mark for the first time in history.[47][48][49] The stock market had one of the best performances in the first 100 days of Trump's presidency compared to the first 100 days of previous presidents in U.S. history.[50] The stock market continued to perform well after President Trump's first 100 days.[51] President Trump played a large role in causing this rise.[52]

On June 1, 2017, the same day President Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, and the day after,[53] the stock market rose strongly, mainly due to news of increased economic growth.[54] On August 2, 2017, the Dow Jones closed above 22,000 for the first time in its history, after six days of consecutive record highs.[55] By early October 2017, the Dow Jones industrial average closed 62 times at record-highs and had risen nearly 25% since the 2016 presidential election.[56] The Dow Jones passed the 23,000 mark for the first time on October 17, 2017 and closed for the first time above 23,000 the next day, the fifth 1,000-point milestone since Trump's election in November 2016.[57]

Of course, the stock market did not see only growth during the Trump Administration; on May 17, 2017, for example, the Dow Jones fell 372 points (1.78%) due to the fallout from the James Comey controversy.[58] The stock market also fell after President Trump spoke harshly against North Korea.[59]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Multiple references:
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  3. Trump begins rollback of Dodd-Frank financial regulations. Fox News. February 3, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  4. Executive Order 13772 of February 3, 2017 -- Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System. Federal Register. February 8, 2017. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  5. H.J. Res. 37 - Joint Resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Retrieved on June 14, 2017.
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  8. Manchester, Julia (June 17, 2017). Justice Dept. flips position in Supreme Court case. The Hill. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
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  11. Moran, Sean (February 27, 2017). PolitiFact: Trump Debt Claim ‘Mostly False’ — Even Though His Numbers Are Factual. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  12. Hoft, Jim (April 24, 2017). After First Hundred Days Media Ignores Trump Decreased US Debt by $100B Since Inauguration. The Gateway Pundit. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  13. Kasperowicz, Pete (October 2, 2017). National debt grew more slowly in FY 2017 under Trump. Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
    However, the national debt rose $103 billion on the first day of FY 2018:
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  18. Needham, Vicki (July 28, 2017). Economy expands at faster 2.6 percent pace. The Hill. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  19. Rodriguez, Katherine (August 8, 2017). U.S. Job Openings Soar to Record Highs as Demand for Labor Increases. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  20. Multiple references: The estimate of the level of growth had been revised upward twice:
  21. Multiple references:
  22. Rodriguez, Katherine (July 10, 2017). Americans’ Average Credit Scores Reach All-Time High. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  23. Rodriguez, Katherine (November 2, 2017). Five Trump-Era Food Stamp Facts Everyone Should Hear. Breitbart News. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  24. Rodriguez, Katherine (August 7, 2017). More Than 1.1 Million Fewer Americans on Food Stamps Under Trump. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
    Food stamp enrollment fell in 46 out of the 50 states: By October 2017, the number of people on food stamps had fallen 1.5 million since Trump's election:
  25. Rodriguez, Katherine (September 18, 2017). Food Stamp Usage Has Fallen Every Month of Trump Presidency. Breitbart News. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  26. Survey: US factory activity rises to near a 3-year high. Breitbart News (from the Associated Press). July 3, 2017. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
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  31. Rodriguez, Katherine (August 10, 2017). Report: American Confidence in the Economy Reaches 16-Year High. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  32. Bedard, Paul (August 16, 2017). Boom: Confidence in Trump economy nearly doubles. Washington Examiner. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  33. Multiple references: According to a survey earlier that month by the University of Michigan, consumer confidence reached a 13-year-high:
  34. Meyer, Ali (August 6, 2017). Optimism of Small-Business Owners at Highest Level Seen in Decade. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
    See also:
  35. Meyer, Ali (September 29, 2017). Manufacturer Optimism Hits Record High After Tax Reform Plan Revealed. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  36. Elis, Niv (October 30, 2017). Consumer spending soars in September. The Hill. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
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  41. Carney, John (November 8, 2017). All the Experts Who Told Us Stocks Would Crash if Trump Won. Breitbart News. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  42. 42.0 42.1 La Monica, Paul R. (November 10, 2016). The 'yuge' Donald Trump market rally continues. CNN Money. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  43. Craig, Victoria (November 11, 2016). Trump Optimism Propels Dow to Best Week in Five Years. Fox Business. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  44. Imbert, Fred (January 25, 2017). Dow closes above 20,000 for first time as Trump orders send stocks flying. CNBC. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  45. Craig, Victoria (January 25, 2017). Dow Races Past 20K in Reinvigorated Trump Rally. Fox Business. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  46. Decambre, Mark (January 25, 2017). Dow clambers above 20,000 — marks 2nd-fastest run to a milestone in history. MarketWatch. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  47. Witkowski, Wallace; Mahmudova, Anora (March 1, 2017). Dow closes above 21,000 as stocks soar after Trump speech. MarketWatch. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  48. Holcomb, John (March 1, 2017). The Trump Bump: Stock Market Hits 21,000 for the First Time in History. Townhall. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  49. DeSoto, Randy (March 1, 2017). Stock Market Hits New High Following Trump’s Speech To Congress. Western Journalism. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
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  51. Harper, Jennifer (July 13, 2017). Soaring stock market a symbol of the Trump age. The Washington Times. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  52. Carney, John (August 10, 2017). Kocherlakota Explains Why Trump Is Driving the Stock Market Higher. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  53. Witkowski, Wallace; Mahmudova, Anora (June 2, 2017). Stock market closes at records as tech leads gains. MarketWatch. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  54. Multiple references: Fox Business. Retrieved June 3, 2017. However, coal and oil stocks decreased on June 1:
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  56. Multiple references: Even the left-wing Mother Jones admitted that the stock market was doing well under President Trump, despite trying to belittle the achievement:
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  58. Craig, Victoria (May 17, 2017). Trump-Comey Turmoil Socks Wall Street, Stocks See Worst Day in Eight Months. Fox Business. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  59. Multiple references: