“I am your voice. I alone can fix this.” These were the words President Donald Trump spoke when he accepted the presidential nomination at the Republican Convention.
During the campaign trail, President Donald Trump made a lot of promises to his base. Such major promises were the controversial border wall, repealing and replacing Obamacare, a ban on all Muslim immigrants coming into the United States, and withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement.
With six months come and gone since he was inaugurated, it seems Trump is still trying to gain that big win his administration so desperately needs.
USA Today said it best: “The first six months of Trump’s presidency were brutal. The next six months could well be worse.”
Here is a breakdown of how Trump’s campaign promises are currently looking, courtesy of Politifact:
The Border Wall
- The Promise: “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.”
- Results: Standstill. Mexico has no plans of paying for President Trump’s wall, neither does the United States, as the Trump Administration cannot seem to put the budget for the wall in the 2018 Budget Plan.
Repealing and Replacing Obamacare
- The Promise: “Real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare.”
- Results: Train wreck. While Trumpcare passed in the House, progress in the Senate has been challenging, to say the least. As of July 16th, a bill that would repeal Obamacare has been put on hold by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
- The Promise: “And if people don’t like it, we’ve got to have a country folks. Got to have a country. Countries in which immigration will be suspended would include places like Syria and Libya. And we are going to stop the tens of thousands of people coming in from Syria.”
- Results: Signs of life. The United States Supreme Court ruled that part of President Trump’s controversial travel ban could go into effect, allowing a ban on anyone from the six-majority Muslim countries who did not have a “bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States.”
Withdraw From the Paris Agreement
- The Promise: “We’re going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.”
- Results: Technically, yes. President Trump DID withdraw the United States out of the Paris Agreement. However, the United States cannot officially withdraw from the agreement until November 4th, 2020, which is coincidentally one day after the 2020 presidential election. So, while the United States may no longer be involved in talks and the new advances in green technologies, it is still effectively a member.
To recap, of these four major campaign promises President Trump pledged to his supporters, he technically got the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, got part of his Travel Ban passed through the United States Supreme Courts, and has yet to deliver on his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare and build his border wall.
As President Lyndon Johnson stated, “you’ve got to give it all you can that first year…you’ve got just one year when they treat you right and before they start worrying about themselves.”
With half of 2017 already drawn to a close and with a track record that shows very little progress made – approval ratings that are abysmal (36% as of July 2017) and many displeased foreign allies – the Trump administration better hope for a big break on the horizon. Otherwise, Trump may find himself fired by the American people in 2020.
For more information on President Trump’s campaign promises and how they are shaping up, you can visit www.politifact.com for more details.