Donald Trump’s report card for the first semester of his freshman year as President
While campaigning for president, Donald Trump released a list of 27 things he would accomplish in his first 100 days in office. So far he’s managed to fulfill about 1/4 of those promises.
“Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter” was issued last fall and spelled out what Trump would try to accomplish in 100 days if he was elected president. On an A through F scale, he gets 7 A’s for the promises that were completely fulfilled and 5 F’s for the things he hasn’t started working on. Trumps cumulative GPA for the semester is a 2.33 with a C average.
In his “Contract with the American Voter,” the President’s goals for his first 100 days in office were broken up into four categories: six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, seven actions to protect American workers, five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law, and ten broader legislative measures.
6 Measures to Clean up Corruption — C
FIRST, propose a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress — F
So far Trump has done nothing towards this goal.
SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the federal workforce through attrition — C
The President imposed a hiring freeze three days after taking office, but then lifted it in mid April.
THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated. — A
Trump signed an executive order to this effect in January.
FOURTH, a five-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service. — C
Trump signed an executive order placing the ban on administration officials but not congressional ones. So he has fulfilled half the promise.
FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government. — A
That same executive order banning lobbying for five years also covered the lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign governments.
SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections. — F
This issue hasn’t been addressed yet by the administration.
7 Actions to Protect American Workers — C
FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205. — A
On April 26 Trump announced that he would not withdraw from NAFTA but plans to renegotiate the terms.
SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. — A
Trump signed a memorandum in January to officially withdraw from the TPP.
THIRD, I will direct the Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator. — F
Trump changed course on this with the Treasury Department officially declining to label China a currency manipulator in April.
FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately. — A
FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal. — C
Trump signed an executive order promoting energy independence and economic growth, but it doesn’t lift restrictions, rather it requests government agencies to review existing regulations and complete regulatory impact cost-benefit analysis.
SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward. — A
Trump signed two memoranda in January expediting the approval of the Dakoat Access and Keystone pipelines.
`SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure. — D
Trumps proposed budget cuts funding to U.N. climate change programs, but that has yet to be adopted, and it doesn’t specify that the money will be reallocated to water and environmental infrastructure.
5 Actions to Restore Security — B
FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama. — N/A
This one is pretty vague to the point where it can’t really be graded since it doesn’t specify which of President Obama’s executive actions are considered unconstitutional.
SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution. — A
Neil Gorsuch was approved as Trump’s nominee to the supreme court.
THIRD, cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities. — B
FOURTH, begin removing the more than two million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back. — C
During Trumps first 100 days in office his administration has actually deported less people than former President Obama had during his last three years in office over the same period of time. Although ICE has increased arrests of undocumented immigrants many are still being held in detention awaiting hearings.
FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered “extreme vetting.” — B
Trump has tried twice to ban immigration from certain countries that his administration believe have “been identified as presenting heightened concerns about terrorism and travel to the United States,” but has been blocked each time by federal judges who have ruled those bans to be unconstitutional.
10 Legislative Measures — D
Though the President doesn’t introduce legislative measures, his contract states, “I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration.” To date, none of these acts have been introduced in congress, though Trump and his administration have made efforts towards these goals. As such, none of these can really garner an A grade, rather those showing the best effort can earn a B at best.
Middle Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act — B
Trump introduced a tax reform proposal this week that matches the plan he outlined in his contract. It will lower personal income taxes, business taxes, adjust the number of tax brackets from seven to three, and lower the tax rate for corporate profit repatriation.
End the Offshoring Act — C
Trump imposed a tariff on Canadian lumber but didn’t include a border adjustment tax as part of his tax plan, which is a popular idea among some GOP lawmakers and would impose a tax on imported goods sold in the US.
American Energy and Infrastructure Act — D
The Trump administration has released a list of infrastructure and energy priorities as well a memorandum directing his cabinet to develop protocol to expedite projects, but aside from green lighting the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines nothing has been done yet.
School Choice and Education Opportunity Act — C
Trump’s budget proposal for 2018 would increase funding for school choice, but that hasn’t been passed by congress. Nothing has been done to address college affordability or common core which Trump promised to eliminate.
Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act — C
Trump has pushed congress to repeal the affordable care act, but they’ve failed to get anything off the ground.
Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act — B
Trump’s tax plan includes an expansion of the child and dependent care tax deduction, but according to the Tax Policy Center it will disproportional benefit higher income families.
End Illegal Immigration Act — C
Trump signed an executive order calling for the planning and allocation of resources for a wall along the southern US/Mexico border, but congress still has to approve funding as part of the budget.
Restoring Community Safety Act — B
Trump signed an executive order in February directing his Attorney General to establish a task force on crime reduction and public safety.
Restoring National Security Act — C
Trumps budget proposal includes increases to defense spending, though it’s still up to congress to approve it.
Clean Up Corruption in Washington Act — F
It’s unclear exactly what this act would look like, but nothing like it has been introduced in congress.