WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump typically brags that he is executed extra in his first yr in workplace than every other president. That’s a spectacular stretch.
But whereas he is fallen quick on many measures and has a strikingly skinny legislative report, Trump has adopted by on dozens of his marketing campaign guarantees, overhauling the nation’s tax system, altering the U.S. posture overseas and upending the lives of a whole bunch of hundreds of immigrants.
A yr in, Trump isn’t any nearer to creating Mexico pay for a border wall than when he made supporters swoon with that promise at these rollicking marketing campaign rallies of 2016.
He’s run into legislative roadblocks — from fellow Republicans, no much less — at huge moments, which is why the Obama-era well being legislation survives, wounded but nonetheless insuring hundreds of thousands. His personal administration’s sloppy begin explains why none of the legal guidelines he pledged to sign up his first 100 days got here to actuality then and why most are nonetheless aspirational.
Nevertheless, Trump has nailed the tax overhaul, his solely historic legislative accomplishment up to now, gained affirmation of a conservative Supreme Court justice and different federal judges, and used his government powers with vigor to slice rules and pull the U.S. away from worldwide accords he assailed as a candidate.
Courts tied his most provocative actions on immigration and Muslim entry in knots, but unlawful border crossings look like at historic lows.
The upshot? For all his rogue tendencies, Trump has formed up as a largely standard Republican president when measured by his guarantees stored and in movement.
The Twitter model of Trump could also be jazzed with braggadocio about the measurement of his (nonexistent) nuclear button and his “very secure genius.” But the ledger of actions taken is recognizable to Washington: mainstream Republican tax cuts, pro-business coverage (with exceptions on commerce), curbs on environmental regulation and an strategy to well being care that is been in the GOP playbook for years.
That’s as of right this moment and this second. With Trump, you by no means learn about tomorrow.
A take a look at a few of his marketing campaign guarantees and what’s occurred with them:
Trump and congressional Republicans delivered on an overhaul that considerably lowers company taxes and cuts private earnings taxes, as promised. It’s sizable but not all the pieces Trump stated it could be, and it’s extra tilted to the rich than he promised or will admit. He promised a 15 p.c tax fee for firms and settled for 21 p.c, nonetheless a significant drop from 35 p.c. He promised three tax brackets; there are nonetheless seven. He didn’t remove the property tax or the different minimal tax as he stated he would. Fewer folks can be topic to these taxes, nevertheless, a minimum of quickly.
“Everybody is getting a tax lower, particularly the center class,” he stated in the marketing campaign. Most will; some pays extra.
Trump made good on his promise to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership commerce settlement and to reopen the North American Free Trade Agreement searching for a greater deal.
He’s let China off the hook, although, on his oft-repeated risk throughout the marketing campaign to model Beijing a foreign money manipulator, a step towards doubtlessly hefty penalties on Chinese imports and a probable spark for a commerce struggle.
“We’re like the piggy financial institution that is being robbed,” he stated of the commerce relationship, which has tipped much more in China’s favor since. Trump now threatens commerce punishment if China doesn’t sufficiently cooperate in reining in North Korea.
Trump promised to impose a 35 p.c tariff on items from U.S. firms that ship manufacturing overseas. He’s not delivered on that. Instead, his tax plan goals to encourage firms to remain in the U.S. with the decrease tax fee and to entice these working overseas to return residence by letting them repatriate their income in the U.S. at a quickly discounted fee. His strategy to this point is all carrot, no stick.
Candidate Trump rocked the political panorama when he proposed a short lived ban on all non-U.S. Muslims getting into the nation. While he is lengthy backed away from such discuss, Trump has labored since his first days in workplace to impose new restrictions on vacationers and immigrants, signing government orders that may have made good on his anti-immigration guarantees had these orders not been blocked by courts.
He’s now succeeded in banning the entry of residents from a number of Muslim-majority international locations and in severely curbing refugee admissions. He’s tried to disclaim sure federal cash for cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Trump is now deep in negotiations over an immigration deal that would ship on different guarantees, together with cash for the border wall with Mexico and overhauling the authorized immigration system to make it tougher for immigrants to sponsor their households. That’s in alternate for extending protections for a whole bunch of hundreds of younger folks delivered to the nation illegally as youngsters. They are protections he as soon as slammed as an “unlawful” amnesty and pledged to finish.
Mexico nonetheless is not ponying up cash for the wall.
ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Trump promised aggressive motion on the power entrance and has pursued that.
He introduced his intention to take the U.S. out of the Paris climate-change accord. He gave swift approval to the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines stalled by President Barack Obama, moved to shrink protected nationwide monument lands in Utah and Arizona, and acted to elevate restrictions on mining coal and coastal drilling for oil and pure gasoline.
A provision in the new tax legislation opens the long-protected Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.
As different international locations flip tougher towards inexperienced power, Trump is making fossil fuels the centerpiece of his drive towards power independence — a benchmark that Obama closed in on throughout an period of surging pure gasoline growth.
Probably nothing exemplifies pissed off ambition greater than the Obama well being legislation Republicans have been attempting to dismantle ever because it was enacted in 2010. Trump has declared it useless many instances — he simply by no means received round to killing it.
He made this overpromise in the marketing campaign: “My first day in workplace, I’ll ask Congress to place a invoice on my desk eliminating this disastrous legislation and changing it with reforms that increase selection, freedom, affordability. You’re going to have such nice well being care at a tiny fraction of the price. It’s going to be really easy.”
That hasn’t occurred.
Republicans took a number of runs at repealing and changing the legislation final yr, solely to fall quick. The December tax legislation, although, is knocking out a pillar. As of 2019, the requirement to hold medical health insurance or pay a wonderful can be gone.
Trump has come out with a proposed regulation to advertise the sale of well being plans throughout state strains. The purpose is to make it simpler for associations to sponsor plans which can be cheaper than Affordable Care Act insurance policies but haven’t got to satisfy all shopper safety and profit necessities of that legislation.
Insurance trade teams, affected person teams and a few state regulators are cautious of the concept and see little likelihood it will possibly make greater than a dent in the ranks of the uninsured (practically 30 million). Easing restrictions on the sale of medical health insurance throughout state strains has been a longtime mainstream conservative purpose.
He additionally promised to authorize Medicare to barter decrease prescription drug costs. It hasn’t been executed.
‘AMERICA FIRST’ ABROAD
Trump promised swift victory over the Islamic State group. Over the previous yr, U.S. and coalition-backed native forces in Iraq and Syria did deal a crushing blow to IS, ousting the militants from most of the territory they as soon as held. The success constructed on the technique of the Obama administration to work with and thru native forces. Trump did calm down restrictions on the variety of U.S. troops who may very well be deployed each to Iraq and Syria, and that aided the remaining push.
U.S. commanders, nevertheless, cease wanting saying IS is defeated, pointing to remaining militants and preventing in Syria. They additionally be aware the group has spawned associates in different international locations, reminiscent of Afghanistan and Yemen, the place they routinely assault U.S. forces and allies. While reeling as a territorial drive, the IS group has impressed terrorist assaults in the West.
The Pentagon has but to see the huge enhance in navy spending that Trump has promised. That nonetheless may come, but the protracted wrestle to go a Pentagon funds of no matter measurement has harm U.S. navy readiness, protection officers say.
More broadly, Trump’s “America First” ethic has been mirrored in his stress on member NATO international locations to step up their very own navy spending, in his wariness of worldwide accords and in the seeming drift from a diplomatic custom of selling U.S. democratic values overseas.
Past presidents made widespread trigger with authoritarian figures, and their promotion of values may very well be cursory. But Trump has lavished reward on choose strongmen, from the Philippines to China to Russia and past.
Despite railing towards the Iran nuclear deal as a candidate, Trump has to this point handed up alternatives to get the U.S. out of it. On the different hand, he rolled again a part of Obama’s opening to Cuba. He additionally moved ahead on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a purpose that each events have embraced of their platforms for many years but by no means acted on.
Trump pledged a $1 trillion effort to rebuild the nation’s airports, roads, bridges and different infrastructure. As with his tax plan, it is shaping as much as be much less formidable than promised, although it nonetheless is perhaps vital. Placed behind the failed effort to repeal the well being legislation and the profitable one to chop taxes, infrastructure could or could not emerge as a proposal in coming weeks. Trump’s concept seems to contain utilizing federal tax dollars to leverage state authorities and personal spending, to not mount a New Deal-era explosion of federal initiatives.
Having beforehand criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs as the “most corrupt,” Trump delivered on one marketing campaign promise by signing laws to make it simpler for VA staff to be fired for misconduct.
At least for now, its impression in bringing accountability to the division stays unclear. The tempo of VA firings throughout Obama’s final funds yr was increased than throughout Trump’s first, which lined the first 9 months of his administration.
Other Trump initiatives introduced with fanfare in 2017 stay removed from full or have been restricted due to questions on rising authorities prices: a multibillion-dollar overhaul of digital medical data, expanded entry to medical doctors to scale back wait instances and a purpose of hiring 1,000 extra psychological well being counselors in the first yr. The VA has been clouded by a 2014 scandal at the Phoenix VA hospital wherein staff manipulated data to cover appointment delays.
Despite his guarantees, Trump hasn’t pushed for a constitutional modification to impose time period limits on Congress members or labored to finish birthright citizenship, and he hasn’t made good on his pledge to drop “soiled, rotten traitor” Bowe Bergdahl out of an airplane over Afghanistan and not using a parachute.
Trump, who spends practically each weekend golfing at one in all his properties, most actually hasn’t fulfilled his promise by no means to take a trip whereas serving as president.
Indeed, Trump has visited properties he owns practically one in all each three days he is been in workplace, elevating a tangle of moral questions on whether or not he is cashing in on his presidency.
THE BIG BOAST
Trump did not look forward to his first 100 days to run out earlier than boasting that his presidential achievements up to now surpassed something in historical past, and he hasn’t let up since. He’s bragged of getting signed greater than 80 items of laws into legislation, but there’s little of consequence in that pile.
He’s signed legal guidelines naming federal buildings after folks, appointing a Smithsonian Institution regent and different housekeeping steps that each one presidents do but have a tendency to not make a fuss about.
In distinction, Obama signed an unlimited stimulus package deal into legislation in his first month whereas additionally reaching a legislation increasing well being care for youngsters and different coverage steps.
Then there’s Franklin Roosevelt, credited by historians Alan Brinkley and Davis Dyer with reaching “the most concentrated interval of U.S. reform in U.S. historical past,” beginning instantly with emergency laws to stabilize the Depression-devastated banking system and setting in place the New Deal with 14 items of historic laws in 100 days.
Associated Press author Hope Yen contributed to this report.