Donald Trump achievements: Miscellaneous achievements

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This article is a non-exhaustive list of miscellaneous achievements by U.S. President Donald Trump, his administration, and Congress.

Miscellaneous policy achievements

  • 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.[1][2] Additionally, Trump voiced his strong support for Israel during his transition.[3][4] On April 27, 2017, all 100 members of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres demanding an end to the anti-Israel bias in the UN.[5] After that, the U.S. condemned the UN after the organization ignored the letter from the Senate.[6] On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution observing the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem and called for President Trump to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem,[7] and Congress commemorated the event.[8]
  • 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.[9] 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.[10]
  • 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.[11][12]
  • President Trump took several actions related to space exploration:
    • March 21, 2017—President Trump signed a bill into law not only funding NASA, but setting a goal of having humans visit Mars "in the 2030s" and potentially colonizing another planet.[13] The bill also funded the agency, the first time such a bill was signed into law in seven years.[14]
    • June 30, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order re-establishing the National Space Council.[15]
    • December 11, 2017—President Trump signed a police directive ordering NASA to "refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery" and send astronauts back to the Moon and eventually to Mars.[16]
  • May 5, 2017—President Trump attached a signing statement to a five-month spending bill he signed, ignoring several liberal provisions,[17] such as a statement ordering the administration not to enforce federal marijuana laws in states with medical marijuana.[18]
  • August 25, 2017—President Trump pardoned ex-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, noting his over 50 years of "exemplary" public service and fighting illegal immigration in the White House statement of the pardon.[19]

Political appointments

Proclamations and commemorations

  • January 20, 2017—The day he was inaugurated, President Trump instituted a national day of patriotism for the country,[29] and a few days later Trump officially designated his inauguration day the National Day of Patriotic Devotion.[30][31]
  • May 1, 2017—President Trump proclaimed that day as Loyalty Day, to "recognize and reaffirm our allegiance" to American values, such as "individual liberties, to limited government, and to the inherent dignity of every human being."[32][33]
  • September 3, 2017—President Trump declared that day a National Day of Prayer for victims of Hurricane Harvey, which had just caused devastation in Texas and Louisiana.[34]
  • September 8–10, 2017—President Trump declared these days to be National Days of Prayer and Remembrance to remember those murdered in the September 11, 2001 attacks.[35]
  • November 7, 2017—President Trump commemorated the National Day for the Victims of Communism.[36]
  • November 19–25, 2017—President Trump declared this week to be National Family Week to "emphasize the importance of preserving and promoting strong families, the cornerstone of our society."[37]

Productivity

  • It was reported on June 10, 2017, that President Trump had signed 37 bills into law, more than each of the previous four presidents, and the U.S. House had passed 158 bills, "making it the most productive in the modern-era," according to GOP House leaders.[38] Overall, the legislature was relatively productive by mid-2017.[39]
  • An August 2017 Pew Research Center study found that the 115th Congress was more productive than any other Congress since 2007 and had the fifth highest count of substantive bills signed into law in the past 30 years.[40]

Party politics

Elections

  • January 20, 2017—On the same day as his inauguration, Trump filed for re-election in 2020, breaking the political norm, giving him a head start on campaigning, and giving him additional legal freedoms and flexibility.[41]
  • The Republican Party did not lose any of the special congressional elections held in early 2017 that were vacated by Republicans – the elections were framed as being referendums on Trump's presidency – despite attempts by Democrats to flip the seats.[42] The most notable example was the special election held in Georgia's 6th congressional district on June 20, 2017, where Republican Karen Handel defeated her Democrat opponent in a highly watched election,[43] despite Hollywood celebrities actively campaigning for the Democrat,[44] and despite the Democrat's spending advantage (the House race was the most expensive U.S. House race in history).[43][45] The election was a clear win for President Trump and his agenda[46] and showed the weakness and poor messaging of the Democrat Party.[47]

Conservatism in the GOP

  • As an example of how the Republican Party became the "party of Trump," the RNC hired pro-Trump Kayleigh McEnany as its national spokeswoman.[48] RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel also was pro-Trump.[49]
  • Despite opposition to Trump from the Left, it was reported in April 2017 that congressional Republicans were more united during Trump's presidency than in any other time in recent U.S. political history.[50]

Achievements not related to official policy

President Trump at a meeting monitoring Hurricane Harvey, August 27, 2017

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

  • February 24, 2017—President Trump became the first president since Ronald Reagan to speak at CPAC, and he voiced support for strongly conservative policies and ideals and criticized the mainstream media.[51]
  • It was reported in late April 2017 that nine Trump Administration cabinet members, including Vice President Mike Pence, were participating in a weekly Bible study, and members of the House and Senate were also conducting their own Bible studies.[52] The media took notice of the Bible studies again in late-July 2017.[53] The Bible study was possibly the first one held in the executive branch in at least 100 years.[54] The Trump Administration was described as being "the most evangelical Cabinet in history,"[55] and the Bible study suggested that the administration is, at least in part, striving to be under God.[56] In addition to the Bible study, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reads Christian devotionals before each press briefing.[57]
  • May 13, 2017—While newly inaugurated U.S. Presidents generally give their first commencement addresses at the University of Notre Dame, President Trump gave his at the conservative Christian Liberty University.[58] One of his lines was, "In America we don’t worship government, we worship God."[59]
  • June 8, 2017—President Trump spoke to the Faith and Freedom Coalition, showing strong support for evangelical Christians and religious liberty. He repeated the statement he made at Liberty University: "in America, we don't worship government. We worship God."[60]
  • June 18, 2017—In celebrating Father's Day, President Trump stated that "fathers have the ability and responsibility to instill in us core values we carry into adulthood. The examples they set and the lessons they impart about hard work, dedication to family, faith in God, and believing in ourselves establish the moral foundation for success that allows us to live up to our full potential."[61] The Department of Education invited members of the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family to a Father's Day event.[62]
  • July 1, 2017—President Trump held a "Celebrate Freedom Rally" in Washington D.C. to honor veterans and celebrate Independence Day – his first Independence Day address as President.[63] In it, he spoke again strongly in favor or religious liberty and stated that "since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that liberty comes from our creator. Our rights are given to us by God, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away."[64]
  • In an August 3, 2017, rally in West Virginia, President Trump continued bashing the D.C. establishment, saying that "we don’t need advice from the Washington swamp."[65]
  • August 22, 2017—President Trump's own words of what his political movements stood for: "This evening, joined together with friends, we reaffirm our shared customs, traditions and values. We love our country. We celebrate our troops. We embrace our freedom. We respect our flag. We are proud of our history. We cherish our Constitution, including, by the way, the Second Amendment. We fully protect religious liberty. We believe in law and order. And we support the incredible men and women of law enforcement. And we pledge our allegiance to one nation under God."[66]
  • October 17, 2017—Speaking at a Heritage Foundation event,[67] President Trump stated that "the most important truth our Founders understood was this: Freedom is not a gift from government; freedom is a gift from God," and he also stated that "young Americans should be taught to love our country, honor our anthem, and proudly recite the pledge of allegiance."[68]
  • November 23, 2017—President Trump made his Thanksgiving proclamation, stating that "as one people, we seek God’s protection, guidance, and wisdom, as we stand humbled by the abundance of our great Nation and the blessings of freedom, family, and faith."[69] Trump mentioned God 8 times in his Thanksgiving address, while Obama did not mention God even once in his 2016 Thanksgiving address.[70]
  • December 8, 2017—At a rally in Pensacola, Florida, President Trump stated, among other strongly-conservative statements that "America is a sovereign country. We set our immigration rules. We do not listen to foreign bureaucrats. We do not listen to other countries telling us how we should be running our immigration."[71] He also stated that "we proudly pledge allegiance to one nation, under God. Our rights come from our creator, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away, and they never will. That is why my administration is taking power back from global bureaucrats and returning that power back to the American people... We don't sing a global anthem. Our troops don't weak a foreign uniform. And we will never surrender our rights to international tribunals. We won't do that. We proudly sing the Star Spangle Banner. Our brave troops fight and die in red, white, and blue, and we protect and preserve the American Constitution that we cherish. I've said it so often, my job is not to be president of the World. My job is to be President of the United States of America."[71]

Failures

  • As of early April 2017, several Obama-holdovers still held their positions in the Trump Administration with little to no indication of leaving.[72][73] President Trump did not fire Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, who targeted conservative groups under the Obama Administration.[74] President Trump also appointed at least one NeverTrump individual to the White House.[75] Due to the delay in Senate confirmations, Obama holdovers were able to continue Obama-era policies, such as removing references in official documents of "genocide" against Christians and other religious minorities by ISIS.[76]
  • It was reported in 2017 that the Trump Administration had chosen few supporters of Trump's presidential campaign for national security positions.[77]
  • The Trump Administration sent delegates to the 2017 meeting of the Bilderberg group, a secretive globalist elitist group.[78]

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