President Trump’s Accomplishments as of 10.14.2017
“Together, we are working every day for the citizens of this country: protecting their safety, bringing back their jobs and, in all things, putting AMERICA FIRST.
We are achieving these goals by eliminating job-killing regulations; unlocking American energy; rebuilding our military; pursuing fair and reciprocal trade deals; achieving a massive reduction in illegal immigration; transforming the Department of Veterans Affairs; and building a new partnership among nations to defeat terrorism.” – President Donald J. Trump (6.12.17)
• President Trump signed an Executive order to reform the united states healthcare system to take the first steps to expand choices and alternatives to Obamacare plans and increase competition to bring down costs for consumers.
o The order directs the Secretary of Labor to consider expanding access to Association Health Plans (AHPs), which could potentially allow American employers to form groups across State lines.
o The order directs the Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services to consider expanding coverage through low cost short-term limited duration insurance (STLDI).
o The order directs the Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services to consider changes to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) so employers can make better use of them for their employees.
• President Trump concluded there is no appropriations for cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurance companies under Obamacare.
o CSR payments have no authority and are unlawful.
o The bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments is yet another example of how the previous administration abused taxpayer dollars and skirted the law to prop up a broken system.
• President Trump’s Administration announced it would withdraw from UNESCO at the end of next year to show it would not stand for the anti-Israel bias of the organization.
• President Trump and his Administration assisted efforts to provide search, rescue, and recovery operations for survivors of Hurricane Marie in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
o Deploying over thousands Federal personnel, ships, and supplies to assists all efforts.
• President Trump took leadership in creating a bipartisan deal that raises the debt ceiling, fund the government, and provide Federal assistance to survivors of Hurricane Harvey and Irma.
o President Trump’s leadership provides short term funding and borrowing authority so Congress can focus on his ambitious priorities for the fall, particularly tax reform.
• President Trump fulfilled his promise to the American people by nominating and, after Senate confirmation, appointing Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
• President Trump implemented higher ethical standards to make sure his Administration works for the American people.
o President Trump signed an Executive Order implementing tough new lobbying standards for political appointees, including a five-year ban on lobbying and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign countries.
o President Trump has donated his salary, following through on his promise to the American people.
• To make sure the Government serves the needs of all Americans, President Trump has called for a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch and has used his budget to begin to implement his plan.
o President Trump created the Office of American Innovation to streamline and improve the Government for future generations.
• After violent crime rose in 2016, the Department of Justice is reinvigorating the Project Safe Neighborhoods to provide a framework for violent crime reduction. When first started in 2001, it reduced violent crime by 4.1%.
• As directed by President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued guidance for Federal agencies and executive departments to ensure that the Trump Administration is protecting the free exercise of religion, in accordance with existing federal law.
• The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor announced two companion interim final rules that provide conscience protections to Americans who have a religious or moral objection to paying for health insurance that covers contraceptive/abortifacient services.
Unleashing our Economic Potential
• President Trump, the House Of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee, joined together to release a unified framework on tax reform.
o The President revealed that analysis from his Administration showed lower corporate taxes would give the average American household a $4,000 pay raise.
o Double the standard deduction so that more income is taxed at zero percent.
o The first $12,000 of income for an individual and $24,000 for a married couple will be tax-free.
o Consolidate the seven existing tax brackets for taxable income to only three brackets: 12 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent.
o Increase and expand the Child Tax Credit to benefit more middle-income families and eliminate the marriage penalty.
o Create a new $500 tax credit for those caring for an adult dependent or elderly loved one.
o The plan will reduce the corporate tax rate to 20 percent.
o The plan will also reduce the top tax rate paid by sole proprietors, S corporations, and partnerships to 25 percent.
o For the next five years, American businesses will be able to immediately write off the cost of their equipment and other capital investments.
o Profits that have accumulated offshore will be subject to a one-time low tax rate, thereby ending the tax incentive to keep those profits offshore.
• GDP in the second quarter of the year increased by 3.1 percent, more than doubling the first quarter performance.
• President Trump and Ivanka directed the Department of Education to devote $200 million in grants to support high quality STEM and Computer Science education, the private sector invested another $300 million.
• Foxconn announced it was investing $10 billion in Wisconsin to build a factory that will employ 3,000 workers directly and up to 22,000 workers indirectly.
• At the White House, Corning announced with the President that it was investing $500 million in new U.S. production, creating 1,000 new job.
• President Trump signed the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order, prioritizing the interests of American businesses and workers.
o “Buy American” promotes American industry, protecting it from unfair competition by targeting the abusive use of waivers and exceptions to laws on the books.
o “Hire American” calls for the reform of our visa programs, ensuring that they no longer displace American workers, while fully enforcing laws governing the entry of foreign workers.
• Signed an Executive Order making it easier for businesses to start and expand apprenticeship programs.
o A Department of Labor study concluded $60,000 was the average salary of certified apprenticeship programs compared to a starting salary of under $50,000 for a college graduate.
o Nearly 90 percent of apprentices are employed upon completion of a program.
• 1,118,000 jobs have been added since January, 2017, with 1,092,000 coming from the private sector.
o 8,000 construction jobs were added in September, 94,000 since January.
o 92,000 manufacturing jobs were added since January.
o Labor force participation rate remained at 63.1 percent in September.
o Unemployment fell to 4.2%, one of the lowest rates in 16 years.
• U.S. trade deficit fell by $1.2 billion in August as exports increased by $800 million.
• U.S. household wealth increased by $1.7 trillion to a record $96.2 trillion.
• President Trump has renewed economic optimism:
o U.S. consumer confidence rose to 101.1 in October, the highest level in 13 years and higher than the 95 expected by economists.
o Already in 2017, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has had 45 record highs, including this week.
o The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort measure reached a 16-year high, with current views of the economy also reaching a 16-year high.
o The Conference Board’s Consumer
Confidence Index rose in July to near a 16 year high, with consumers short-term outlook improving.
o The National Association of Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey showed the highest three-quarter average of 90.87 percent for manufacturing optimism in the survey’s 20-year history.
o The Institute for Supply Management reported that its June barometer of manufacturing rose to 60.8 percent, the 100th month in a row of growth.
o According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. personal income rose 0.4 percent in July vs. 0.3 increase that was expected.
o The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index was at 119.8 points in September, with consumers’ assessment of economic conditions remaining “quite favorable.”
o According to the third quarter CNBC All-America Economic Survey, more people believe the economy is excellent or good than at any other point in the past 10 years.
o Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index said small business owners are the most optimistic since April 2007.
• $5.12 trillion have been added to the value of stocks since the election, According to NEC Director Gary Cohn.
Eliminating Job Killing Regulations & Wasteful Spending
• The President signed an infrastructure Executive Order which will save billions of dollars directly by streamlining and expediting the permitting process for infrastructure projects
o The EO establishes a two year goal for the federal government to process all of the actions required by federal law for the environmental reviews and permits of major infrastructure projects
• In a billion dollar opioid fraud crackdown, the DOJ charged more than 400 people, including doctors and medical facilities, who it said were prescribing unnecessary opioids to addicts and fueling the drug crisis.
o AG Sessions called it: “The largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history.”
• The American Action Forum estimates President Trump has begun action to remove over $50 billion in regulatory costs by rolling back Obama administration rules.
• To date, President Trump has signed 52 bills into law, including 14 under the Congressional Review Act, aimed at specifically overturning Obama-era rules and regulations.
o Enacted more legislation and signed more Executive Orders in the first 100 days than any President in a half century.
o More Congressional Review Acts signed than all other President’s combined.
• Withdrew from the Paris Accord, which undermined U.S. competitiveness and job creation.
o According to a study by NERA Consulting, meeting the Obama Administration’s requirements in the Paris Accord would cost the U.S. economy nearly $3 trillion over the next several decades.
o By 2040, our economy would lose 6.5 million industrial sector jobs – including 3.1 million manufacturing sector jobs.
• Through infrastructure reform and investment the Trump administration aims to dramatically reduce permitting time for projects from 10 years to 2 years, spurring investment and job creation.
• President Trump signed an Executive Order to expedite environmental reviews of infrastructure projects, to jumpstart industry spend and investment.
• President Trump signed an Executive Order which mandates that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated in order to control regulatory costs.
Unlocking American Energy
• President Trump has acted aggressively to increase exports of our energy resources to a global market.
o Updated guidance from the Treasury Department to allow the United States to export coal.
o Expedited the permitting and approval processes of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals and exports, including the approval of the Lake Charles LNG terminal in Louisiana.
o During President Trump’s Administration, our allies have continued to receive American LNG exports in order to prevent dependence on single suppliers.
• President Trump has unleashed oil and gas development in the United States by expanding access to resources and the infrastructure needed to get them to market.
o Approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, creating over 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in earnings.
▪ Signed an Executive Order mandating future pipeline work to be done by American workers and with American steel.
o Expedited new pipeline approval and production, including the New Burgos Pipeline to Mexico.
o Signed an Executive Order to extend offshore oil and gas drilling and reissued a leasing program to develop offshore resources.
o Boosting oil and gas development on Federal lands.
• President Trump signed a bill that eliminated a Dodd-Frank rule that required oil companies like Exxon Mobile to publicly disclose the taxes and fees they pay to foreign governments, which was going to cost the industry as much as $385 million annually.
• The EPA has filed a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan to facilitate the development of U.S. energy resources and reduce unnecessary regulatory burden on the energy sector.
o The Clean Power Plan is estimated to cost oil and natural gas operators as much as $530 million annually.
• President Trump, in keeping his campaign promise to coal miners, rolled back the previous administration’s “Stream Protection Rule,” which had saddled the coal industry with estimated costs of at least $81 million a year.
Pursuing Fair and Reciprocal Trade Deals
• The U.S. struck a deal to export pork to Argentina that will allow U.S. pork to enter the Argentine market for the first time since 1992, a potential $10 million a year market for America’s pork producers.
• The President signed an order to investigate Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property:
o The IP Commission Report estimates that the annual cost to the United States economy from IP theft could be as high as $600 billion, with China as the major contributor
• President Trump announced that he intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to better reflect our modern economy while benefitting all parties so involved.
o The United States Trade Representative released its objectives for upcoming NAFTA negotiations.
o First round of negotiations between the three partners is set for August 16-20.
• One of President Trump’s first actions was to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fixing the Obama Administration’s failed attempts protect American workers.
• The President began the process of renegotiating the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
• Negotiations President Trump started with China on economic cooperation have already produced results for American businesses.
o For the first time in 14 years, since 2003, American beef imports have returned to China, opening up a $2.5 billion market to American ranchers and producers.
o China is welcome to negotiate contracts to import American liquefied natural gas.
• President Trump delivered on his campaign promise to roll back the Obama Administration’s bad deal on Cuba that benefitted the Cuban regime at the expense of the Cuban people.
• Initiated a probe aimed at determining whether Chinese and other foreign-made steel and aluminum threatens U.S. national security.
o Chinese exports of steel into the U.S. has captured 26 percent of the market, and Chinese steel imports are up nearly 20 percent over the last year alone.
• The President signed an Executive Order directing a review of and reporting on major U.S. trade deficits.
Transforming the Department of Veterans Affairs
• President Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act after it passed the Senate unanimously earlier in August.
o The legislation streamlines the lengthy process that veterans undergo when appealing disability benefits claims with the VA.
o More than 470,000 veterans are waiting decisions regarding their appeals.
• The President signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistant Act, another important step in providing our nation’s heroes with the support they’ve earned for risking their lives to ensure the freedoms of all Americans:
o The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members, including tuition, fees, books, housing, and other additional costs.
• President Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program (VCP).
o Veterans become eligible for care under the VCP if: they live more than 40 miles from the closest eligible VA medical facility, wait times that are over 30 days from the clinically indicated date, or they meet other special criteria.
• A new White House VA Hotline to help veterans will be fully staffed by veterans.
• President Trump and Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin announced three initiatives to expand access to healthcare for veterans using telehealth technology.
o “Anywhere to Anywhere VA Health Care” allows VA providers to use telehealth technology to serve veterans no matter where the provider or veteran is located.
o Expand VA Video Connect, an application for mobile phones and computers, that allows veterans and providers to connect by video across the country.
o Nationwide roll-out of The Veteran Appointment Request (VAR) application, which allows veterans to schedule appoints at VA facilities on phones, tables, or computers.
• Under President Trump, Department of Veterans Affairs fired over 500 employees, suspended 200, and demoted 33, as part of President Trump’s efforts to restore integrity and accountability to a department charged with supporting our Nation’s heroes.
o 22 senior leaders were disciplined.
o The Veterans Affairs administration is the first agency to post information on employee disciplinary action online.
• Signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the VA to fire failing employees and establishes safeguards to protect whistleblower.
o Veterans who appeal a disability claim wait an average of five years for a decision.
• Announced plans for the Veterans Affairs administration to shift veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Defense Department, ending a decades old problematic rift in sharing information between the two agencies.
o Signed Executive Order for veterans to receive other care outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs medical system.
• The VA took steps to increase transparency and accountability by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with a way to access wait time and quality of care data.
• Secretary David Shulkin announced his intention to expand provisions for urgent mental health care needs to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges.
Achieving a Massive Reduction in Illegal Immigration
• President Trump released his immigration priorities to secure the border, enforce immigration laws, and reform the immigration system. This includes:
o Ensure funding for the southern border wall and associated infrastructure,
o End loopholes that allow Unaccompanied Alien Children to stay in the country,
o Reform the asylum system,
o Expedite the remove of illegal aliens and discourage their re-entry,
o Restrict grants for sanctuary jurisdictions,
o Provide necessary resources to enforce immigration laws,
o Increase employment verification to protect American Workers, and
o Support merit-based reforms for our immigration system.
• Under President Trump’s leadership, the Department of Justice announced a final warning to jurisdictions suspected of having “sanctuary” policies. The jurisdictions include:
o Cook County, Illinois;
o Chicago, Illinois;
o New Orleans, Louisiana;
o New York, New York; and
o Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
• The United States, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras joined together to charge 3,800 MS-13 and 18th Street gang members in the United States an d central America, including the alleged leader of MS-13’s “East Coast Program.”
• ICE has made 97,482 arrests of illegal aliens under President Trump, 43 percent more arrests compared to the same time period last year.
▪ Under President Trump, 52,160 illegal aliens arrested have been removed, as of September 2, a 30% increase. During the same period last year only 39,005 had been removed.
▪ 70% of ICE arrests are of convicted criminals, and 75 of those arrested without a criminal conviction were charged with a crime.
• Under President Trump’s direction, the Department of Justice announced a new set of priorities for grants from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) that prioritizes jurisdictions cooperating with Federal immigration laws.
o Cooperation includes providing access to DHS officials to correctional and detention facilities to check on aliens’ immigration status and certify that they honor ICE “detainer” orders to hold suspected illegal aliens for 48 hours.
• The President is making progress building a border wall to keep out illegal border crossings and restoring law and order to our immigration system.
o The House of Representatives passed legislations that includes $1.6 billion in funding for a border wall, including 32 miles of new fencing, 28 miles of new levee walls, and 14 miles of secondary fencing.
o To jumpstart construction on the border wall, the President ordered DHS to use $100 million of its unspent appropriations in for border security, fencing and infrastructure.
• Instituted tough immigration policies that drove illegal border crossings by over 41 percent compared to the same time last year.
o The number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody, has doubled and is expected and is on track to triple by the end of the year.
o The President ordered the hiring of 15,000 new immigration agents, including 5,000 additional border patrol agents.
o The DOJ transferred immigration judges to six detention centers near the border to work in courts where, due to excessive backlog, immigrants have been set free before their cases were heard.
• In fiscal year 2017, ICE has removed 2,798 criminal gang members, compared to 2,057 criminal gang members for the entirety of fiscal year 2016.
o ICE has specifically targeted MS-13 criminal gang members for removal on immigration violations.
• On his fifth day in office, President Trump directed executive agencies to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the U.S., including clamping down on sanctuary cities.
• Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented new charging guidelines to end catch-and-release policies.
• Created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office at DHS, in order to ensure that victims of criminal acts by illegal aliens will no longer be ignored.
American First Foreign Policy And Military
• President Trump in consultation with his national security team, has approved a new strategy for Iran.
o Not certifying they are in full compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran Deal,
o Focusing on neutralizing the Government of Iran’s destabilizing influence and constraining its aggression, particularly its support for terrorism and militants,
o Revitalizing our traditional alliances and regional partnerships as bulwarks against Iranian subversion and restore a more stable balance of power in the region,
o Deny the Iranian regime – and especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – funding for its malign activities, and oppose IRGC activities that extort the wealth of the Iranian people,
o Counter threats to the United States and our allies from ballistic missiles and other asymmetric weapons,
o Rally the international community to condemn the IRGC’s gross violations of human rights and its unjust detention of American citizens and other foreigners on specious charges, and
o Deny the Iranian regime all paths to a nuclear weapon.
• President Trump signed an Executive Order putting a ceiling of 45,000 refugees that may enter the country.
• President Trump restricted travel from eight countries identified as having insufficient security and information sharing measures. Countries are:
o Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.
• President Trump attended the United Nations General Assembly where he gave remarks calling for U.N. reform and advocating every nation, including the United States, defend and advance their sovereignty in world affairs.
o Put North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela on notice that the United States would continue to pressure the international community on rogue regimes that abuse their own people and destabilize the world.
• President Trump signed an Executive Order that put new sanctions on North Korea trade and their financing to signal to the world that they would have to make a choice: deal with the United States or the rogue regime in North Korea.
• President Trump announced a new strategy for Afghanistan to protect the American people based on stability and security so terrorists cannot use the country as a base to threaten U.S. interests.
o The new strategy puts military pressure on the Taliban and sets conditions for a peaceful settlement between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban.
o Breaking with the status quo, the President warned Pakistan that no partnership can survive a country’s tolerance for militants and terrorists and they must take action.
o Our partnership with India is of vital important and they are making important contributions to Afghanistan’s safety, security, and development.
• President Trump imposed new sanctions on the Maduro dictatorship in Venezuela, targeting the regime itself, and not just individuals, for the first time.
o The new financial sanctions prohibit dealings in new debt of Venezuela and its corrupt oil company.
o The regime will no longer be able finance its debt using U.S. banks.
• The President announced his decision to direct the elevation of U.S. Cyber Command that demonstrates our increased resolve against cyber threats and will help reassure our allies and partners, while deterring our adversaries.
• Under President Trump’s leadership, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed new sanctions on North Korea for their continued aggressive behavior.
• In six months, President Trump’s policies have been responsible for nearly a third of all territory reclaimed from ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
• President Trump has put in place new sanctions on countries that continue to harm our national interest.
o The Department of Treasury put in place new sanctions against Iranian companies in response to Iran’s provocative launch of a space vehicle that furthers their ballistic missile research.
o The Treasury Department put in place new sanctions on 13 current and former senior officials of the Venezuelan Government in response to the governments continued efforts to undermine democracy.
• President Trump brokered a ceasefire with Russia and Jordan in southwest Syria as part of the U.S.’s commitment to end the conflict in Syria, reduce suffering, and defeat ISIS.
• Iraqi forces have recaptured Mosul from ISIS, a decisive blow that moves us one step closer towards fulfilling President Trump’s commitment to their ultimate defeat.
• Poland, one of the NATO member countries to meet its defense-spending target of 2 percent of GDP, has agreed to buy and deploy the U.S. Patriot missile defense system.
• Proposed the largest increase to the Pentagon’s budget - $54 billion – since the Reagan administration.
• Signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, to work with other cabinet members to develop a plan defeat ISIS, which was presented to President Trump.
• Struck an airbase in Syria, after Syrian regime planes used the base to conduct chemical weapons attacks against civilians.
• During his first international trip, President Trump supported the opening of a new “Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology” in Saudi Arabia, which was created to better empower Muslim-majority countries in fighting radicalization.
• Ordered a review of military readiness and made it the policy of the United States to rebuild the United States’ Armed Forces.
• The President has lifted restrictions that previously prevented the Secretary of Defense and our commanders in the field from fully using their judgement and expertise.
•Department of the Treasury sanctioned 25 entities and individuals involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program in order to further monitor and prevent any acts of terrorism.
• President Trump saved more than $700
million by negotiating and lowering the price of the F-35 fighter, directing the implementation of these changes directly into military spending.