Donald Trump achievements

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President Trump speaking to Congress, February 28, 2017.

This article is a non-exhaustive list of political achievements (and failures) of United States President Donald Trump, his administration, and Congress during his administration 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.

    Due to the number of achievements, the list of President Trump's achievements have been moved to sub-articles. Please visit the sub-articles to see the Trump Administration's various achievements.

2016 election and transition

See: Donald Trump achievements: 2016 election and transition

As U.S. President

Trump being sworn in, January 20, 2017.
See: Donald Trump's major achievements

Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017, giving one of the strongest inauguration addresses in American history.[1] His first bill signed as president was to allow retired general and Defense Secretary nominee James Mattis to be confirmed.[2] Trump had a very busy and productive first week, undoing Obama's legacy and instituting conservative executive orders.[3] He had already made a reasonably large impact by his 50th day in office.[4] President Trump accomplished many of his campaign promises by his 100th day in office, and he had already made significant progress by then, most notably by reducing regulations, enforcing American immigration laws, and appointing and having the Senate confirm his Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.[5] In his first 100 days as president, Trump signed the most pieces of legislation of any president since Harry Truman and more executive orders than any previous president.[6] By his 100th day, it was clear that Trump had disrupted the liberal political establishment consensus.[7] The Trump Administration was able to achieve numerous accomplishments by its first year in office,[8] and it kept many of its promises.[9]

According to Reuters in late September 2017, President Trump had "begun to reshape American life in ways big and small."[10] He undid many of Barack Obama's executive orders and worked to undo his entire political legacy.[11] Not only did President Trump act as a disruptor, but he "set in motion an administration arguably more conservative than Ronald Reagan’s."[12] In 2018, President Trump continued advancing a conservative agenda, this time focusing on the more nationalistic portions of it,[13] and he continued undoing Obama Administration policies.[14] He received some help from Congress to advance his agenda.[15]

    Please visit the sub-articles below to see President Trump's individual achievements, arranged by topic area.

Social policy

See: Donald Trump achievements: Religious liberty, gender issues, and other social policies


See: Donald Trump achievements: Veterans

Criminal justice, law enforcement, and other DOJ matters

See: Donald Trump achievements: Criminal justice, law enforcement, and other DOJ matters


See: Donald Trump achievements: Abortion

Gun rights

See: Donald Trump achievements: Gun rights

Immigration, illegal immigration, and border security

See: Donald Trump achievements: Immigration, illegal immigration, and border security


See: Donald Trump achievements: Education

Energy and environmental policy

See: Donald Trump achievements: Energy and environmental policy

Economic policy and labor

See: Donald Trump achievements: Economic policy and labor


See: Donald Trump achievements: Trade policy

Foreign policy

See: Donald Trump achievements: Foreign policy

Deregulation and government size

See: Donald Trump achievements: Deregulation and government size

Military, national security, and anti-terrorism

See: Donald Trump achievements: Military, national security, and anti-terrorism

Miscellaneous achievements

See: Donald Trump achievements: Miscellaneous achievements

The courts

See: Donald Trump achievements: The courts

Media and political correctness

See: Donald Trump achievements: Media and political correctness

Opposition to Donald Trump's achievements

Main article: Opposition to Donald Trump

Due to his promotion and support of conservative, America First[16] policies, President Trump faced large opposition from the Left and the establishment,[17][18] including from within the government bureaucracy.[19] The Trump Administration was the victim of numerous leaks of information, many of which threatened U.S. national security – it was reported in July 2017 that leaks occurred once a day on average,[20] and Trump faced seven times more leaks than Obama or Bush II did.[21] The Russia probe headed by Independent Counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller was founded to have hired investigators extremely biased against President Trump.[22] Left-wing federal courts also blocked many Trump Administration actions, including President Trump's executive orders regarding sanctuary cities and immigration,[23] and Democrat attorneys general were extremely active against the Trump Administration,[24] suing it nearly 50 times in 2017 alone.[25]

After his election, left-wingers labeled themselves as the "resistance" against Trump.[26] As a testament to the deep opposition and hatred towards him by the left-wing, at least 217 violent protestors were arrested in Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day.[27][28] Left-wingers committed or advocated for many other acts of violence against President Trump or his supporters.[29][30][31] It was reported in early February 2017 that 12,000 tweets already had called for Trump's assassination.[32] The mainstream media helped promote such violence.[33] In addition to domestic opposition, President Trump, and by extension, the United States, was strongly opposed by non-Americans compared to the Obama Administration, despite a majority of non-Americans believing Trump to be a strong leader.[34]

In addition to the above, Senate Democrats unduly delayed Trump's nominees at historic and unprecedented proportions[35] – by February 8, 2017, only George Washington had fewer cabinet nominees confirmed by this length of time into his presidency.[36] Trump's last cabinet secretary was confirmed on April 27, 2017,[37] and Trump's last cabinet-level member assumed office on May 15, 2017.[38] The GOP establishment also blocked President Trump's conservative agenda.[39]

President Trump was still able to implement new policies and roll back Obama's policies despite the opposition against him,[40] which served as a distraction from the changes being made.[41]

See also

Regarding Trump's presidency

Regarding leftists and Trump


  1. Multiple references: Notably, President Trump spoke out against "radical Islamic terrorism," becoming the first president to use the term: Transcript of the speech: See also:
  2. Kopan, Tal (January 20, 2017). President Donald Trump signs first bill into law. CNN. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  3. Multiple references: See also:
  4. Kew, Ben (March 10, 2017). Major Impact: President Donald Trump’s First 50 Days in Office. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  5. Multiple references:
  6. Singman, Brooke (April 29, 2017). Trump's first 100 days – by the numbers. Fox News. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  7. Derespina, Cody (April 29, 2017). 100 Days of Disruption: How Trump rewrote the presidential script. Fox News. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
    See also:
  8. Multiple references: Specifically regarding social issues and for Christians:
  9. Multiple references:
  10. Whitesides, John (September 28, 2017). Beyond the daily drama and Twitter battles, Trump begins to alter American life. Reuters. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
    Article also published in the conservative media:
  11. Multiple references:
  12. Hayward, Steven F. (November 5, 2017). Despite the chaos, Trump has managed to push the most conservative agenda in a generation. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  13. Multiple references:
  14. Chamberlain, Samuel (May 9, 2018). Pullout from Iran nuclear deal is latest Trump move to dismantle key Obama policies. Fox News. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  15. Boyer, Dave (May 29, 2018). Trump sees Congress buck tradition of legislative loafing, make significant progress on agenda. The Washington Times. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  16. Spiering, Charlie (April 4, 2017). Donald Trump to American Workers: ‘I’m Not, and I Don’t Want to Be, the President of the World’. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
    See also:
  17. Klein, Aaron (April 28, 2017). Trump’s First 100 Days: Establishment Goes to War to Halt President’s Agenda. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  18. Miller, S.A. (June 20, 2017). Isolated from Washington establishment, Trump struggles for presidential victories. The Washington Times. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  19. Multiple references:
  20. Boylan, Dan (July 6, 2017). White House leaks that threaten national security stream out at rate of one a day. The Washington Times. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  21. Wong, Kristina (July 7, 2017). DEEP STATE: Trump Facing Seven Times More National Security Leaks Than Obama or Bush. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  22. Multiple references:
  23. Multiple references: See also: Specific examples of courts blocking President Trump's immigration agenda:
  24. Multiple references:
  25. Wilson, Reid (January 2, 2018). Democratic AGs sue Trump at record pace. The Hill. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  26. Pollak, Joel B. (December 24, 2017). 2017: The Year in ‘Resistance’. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  27. Weber, Joseph (January 20, 2017). Hundreds of protesters arrested in Inauguration Day clashes. Fox News. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  28. Noble, Andrea; McDermott, Ryan M. (January 20, 2017). D.C. police report 217 arrested during Inauguration Day riots. The Washington Times. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  29. Clark, Alex (June 18, 2017). A Year of Hate: 9 Times the Radicalized Left Engaged in Violence in the Trump Era. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  30. Shaw, Adam (June 17, 2017). Dem Strategist James Devine Launches Hashtag #HuntRepublicanCongressmen After Steve Scalise Shooting. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  31. Ernst, Douglas (June 15, 2017). HuffPo scrubs ‘ultimate punishment’ Trump piece after Scalise, GOP shooting. The Washington Times. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  32. More than 12,000 tweets have called for Trump's assassination since the inauguration. Daily Mail. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  33. Harper, Jennifer (June 15, 2017). Expert identifies top media lies ‘that radicalized the violent left’. The Washington Times. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  34. Multiple references: However, it was reported in July 2017 that tourism to the United States continued to rise in 2017:
  35. Multiple references:
  36. Multiple references:
  37. Kellman, Laurie (April 27, 2017). Senate confirms last member of Trump cabinet at 100th day in office nears. The Washington Times. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  38. Moons, Michelle (May 15, 2017). President Donald Trump’s Cabinet Complete with Swearing-In of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  39. Multiple references:
  40. Multiple references: Higgins, Heather R. (December 25, 2017). Against the odds, Trump's agenda owned 2017. The Hill. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  41. Multiple references:

Further reading

  • Black, Conrad (2018). Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing. ISBN: 9781621577874.

External links

First 100 days:

2017 achievements: