Trump’s End Of The Year Score Card

Why Trump isn’t getting the credit he deserves.

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President Donald Trump is probably right: he doesn’t get due credit for the volume of achievements he’s stacked up during a tumultuous political year.

It’s been a year since the American presidential election that saw Donald Trump voted into office. Two months after that, he was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States and since then, his first term has been full of the same bold declarations and actions that defined his election campaign. During his campaign, Trump’s top three issues were immigration, the economy, and healthcare and he promised to ‘make America great again’. Let’s take a look and see what he’s actually achieved during his time in the Oval Office.

Trump, before leaving for his Christmas and New Years break in Florida, took a sarcastic shot at media appraisals of his record.

“With all my Administration has done on Legislative Approvals (broke Harry Truman’s Record), Regulation Cutting, Judicial Appointments, Building Military, VA, TAX CUTS & REFORM, Record Economy/Stock Market and so much more, I am sure great credit will be given by mainstream news?” he wrote on Twitter Friday.

@realDonaldTrump The Fake News refuses to talk about how Big and how Strong our BASE is. They show Fake Polls just like they report Fake News. Despite only negative reporting, we are doing well – nobody is going to beat us. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

A year of accomplishments

Trump made his plans for a border wall between the US and Mexico a major campaign promise, but three hundred and sixty-five days in, construction has yet to begin. The President needs congressional approval for funding before construction can start and this has yet to be seen. Nevertheless, Trump has continued to crack down on immigration with several travel bans for citizens from a select number of countries. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has also increased raids across the country by 40% since Trump was elected, but that hasn’t resulted in any deportations yet – there are more than 60,000 cases waiting to be reviewed by immigration judges. There is some evidence to suggest that illegal entry into the US has decreased under Trump’s presidency, but whether this is a result of enforcement activity or a drop in the number of people trying to cross illegally is unclear.

For much of the year, it appeared that Trump would end 2017 with a barren record.
But now, he has secured the most sweeping tax overhaul bill in 30 years, one that slashes the corporate rate by 14% and will give most Americans, for now at least, a bump in their paycheck.
The stock market is roaring, up 5,000 points since he took office. Gross domestic product growth was 3.3% in the third quarter after struggling along at around 2% annually while Barack Obama was President. Trump and his Republican partners have installed a new, conservative Supreme Court justice and are confirming appellate judges at a record-breaking clip. The tax deal fulfilled another Republican priority, repealing the individual mandate, a plank of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. Trump is also in the process of hiking defense spending.
“This has been a year of extraordinary accomplishment, by any objective standard,” a satisfied Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday, reflecting on his party’s performance.
Meanwhile, Trump has fulfilled or moved toward honoring campaign commitments on ending the Iran deal, withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, leaving or renegotiating multilateral free trade deals and reorienting US foreign policy with his “America First” philosophy. ISIS has been routed in Iraq and Syria. Trump’s administration has secured the toughest-ever sanctions against North Korea, which were reinforced again last week.
The administration has taken an ax to regulations, loosening government oversight in the economy and eradicating Democratic rules in areas ranging from school lunches to the number of dolphins and sea turtles who can be killed in swordfishing nets off the West Coast.

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