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President-Elect Donald J. Trump's Campaign Promises ... Can He Keep Them? (updated 8-12-2019)

Updated on August 12, 2019
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11/22/16: At a on-again, off-again, on-again meeting with the New York Times, Donald Trump admitted that 1) Climate Change is Real and 2) there Might be some human element to it happening. This is a reversal of his position during the campaign.

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Keeping Your Campaign Promises

THE POLITIFACT ORGANIZATION COUNTED OVER 500 PROMISES during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns. To-date he kept either in full or through compromise 71%. He failed (most of them because he was blocked by the GOP) 22%. In the works, which probably can't be kept, is 5%. 1% are stalled. Will Donald Trump be able to do better even an Opposition Party that HASN'T PROMISED to make you fail?

It would seem that Trump should get close to 95% of promises kept given he will have a Congress and Supreme Court their to do his bidding. (Remember, he said that ONLY HE can make America Great again. We will see shortly whether he can do it alone or will need the help of others, like Congress. I think this is first broken promise.)

It will be a tough start even though he will have a Congress and Supreme Court on his side. In opposition should be the current military leaders of the Army, Navy, and Air Force (he gets to pick the civilian leaders), the National Security apparatus, the entire civil service that he doesn't appoint. Why? Because he made each of those large groups of bureaucrats targets of his vitriol, insults, and disparagement. A determined unified bureaucracy can bring down any appointed leader, especially if he or she is incompetent or outright political.


(To offer full-disclosure, I am a liberal Republican by orientation (yes, we still exist), but registered Democrat so I can vote in primaries. I have voted for Nixon, Ford, Reagan, H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Obama, and now Hillary Clinton. My bias is to sensible fiscal conservationism and social liberalism. This translates to a believe that the gov't has a roll in helping its citizens but shouldn't break the bank doing it. While I do not personally like Donald Trump nor most of his policies, I will take a wait-and-see attitude toward his performance as President.)

So, What Are Trumps Promises from the Campaign Trail?

Here is the starter list, we will discuss these in more detail later:

Immigration

Promise 1: To round up undocumented immigrants and deport them en masse, (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 2: To create a deportation force to do it. (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 3: To have police racially profile Arab Americans to deter terrorism (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 4: To build a solid "great" wall along the 2000 mile along the US-Mexico will build a "great wall" on the US-Mexico border to prevent illegal immigration (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 5: To make Mexico pay for.the wall (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 6: To "Temporarily" ban Muslims from America. Does this include current citizens (Aug 2019 update - Partially Kept)

Promise 7: To stop all Syrian refugees from coming into America and kick out those already here (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 8: To surveil Muslim Mosques (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 9: To create of database of Syrian refugees (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 10: To block federal funding to "Sanctuary Cities" within his first 100 days. The cities have vowed to fight Trump and to accept the consequences. He said in August 2016, I will "Block funding for sanctuary cities. We block the funding. No more funding," (Aug 2019 update - He tried, but blocked by courts)

Terrorism

Promise 1: To have the United States will "bomb the s--- out of ISIS.". I count this one as Kept, so long as he keeps up what President Obama is doing. (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 2: To target and kill the relatives of terrorist (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept - thank God)

Promise 3: To shut down parts of the Internet so that Islamic State terrorists cannot use it to recruit American children. (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 4: To Bring back waterboarding (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Justice

Promise 1: To direct the US attorney general to indict Hilary Clinton - BROKEN: On 11/20/2016 Trump, through his campaign manager, said he won't pursue new legal action against Hillary Clinton and her personal email server.

Promise 2: To drop that "dirty, rotten traitor" Bowe Bergdahl out of an airplane into desolate Afghanistan without a parachute.- already BROKEN

Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Promise 1: Sign the bill from Congress to "immediately repeal and replace" Obamacare (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 2: To reinstate ability of Health Insurance companies to sell across state lines that was canceled as a result of the repealed (Aug 2019 update - Partially Kept)Obamacare

Trade

Promise:1 To renegotiate TPP (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept - he pulled out instead)

Promise 2: To renegotiate NAFTA (Aug 2019 update - Kept)

Promise 3: To Impose tariffs on Mexico and China (Aug 2019 update - Kept along with the rest of our allies like Canada and Europe)

Jobs

Promise 1: To bring manufacturing jobs back (Aug 2019 update - Sort of Kept)

Promise 2: To rebuild the nations infrastructure at 1/3 the current cost (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Economy and Finance

Promise 1: To kill the Dodd-Frank law which is designed to protect America from another Great Recession (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept, but put people in charge so as to not enforce regulations)

Promise 2: To reinstate the Glass-Steagal Act which puts a firewall between commercial banks and investment banks back in place. (The Gingrich-Clinton repeal of this Depression-era Act in 1999 was the harbinger of the Great 2008 Recession) (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 3: To break-up big banks (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 4: To audit the Federal Reserve (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Foreign Policy

Promise 1: To renegotiate Iran Nuclear Deal (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept, he broke America's promise but no renegotiation)

Promise 2: To find an "out" clause in the Iran deal (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept, he simple broke America's promise)

Promise 3: To seize Iraqi oil fields, using ground troops if needed, and take the oil as repayment for our help (which makes the US military mercenaries, doesn't it) (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 4: To refuse to call Iran's leader by his preferred title. (?)

Promise 5: Allow Russia to deal with the Islamic State in Syria and/or work with Russian President Vladimir Putin to wipe out shared enemies. (Aug 2019 update - Kept, Russia is allowed to do whatever it wants)

Promise 6: To leave a lot of troops in Afghanistan (Aug 2019 update - Kept)

Promise 7: To reverse President Obama's Cuba initiatives. (Aug 2019 update - Kept)

Social Benefits

Promise 1: To leave Social Security alone and leave benefits and retirement age as is. (Aug 2019 update - Kept)

Promise 2: To save Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security without reducing benefits (Aug 2019 update - He has done nothing)

Promise 3: To defund Planned Parenthood (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept, although he tried)

Promise 4: To invest more heavily in programs that help military veterans transition back to civilian life (Aug 2019 update - Parially Kept)

Promise 5: To have the government continue to provide health coverage to the poor, e.g. Medicaid, (Aug 2019 update - Kept, I guess)

Taxes

Promise 1: To cut taxes for all (Aug 2019 update - Kept)

Education

Promise 1: To kill Common Core. (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 2: To kill the Department of Education (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 3: To let local governments control local schools (not a promise since they already do)

Environment

Promise 1: To kill the EPA (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 2: To kill President Obama's Clean Power Plan which is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by 2030 (Aug 2019 update - Kept)

Promise 3: To "cancel" the Paris Agreement on Climate Change And stop all US payments to UN programs aimed at fighting climate (Aug 2019 update - Kept)

Promise 4: To stop all US payments to UN programs aimed at fighting climate change (Aug 2019 update - Kept)

(Aug 2019 update - US Carbon Footprint is now increasing after falling for years)

Military

Promise 1: To create a much larger military (Aug 2019 update - Kept, sort of. More funding, but not larger)

Promise 2: To find great generals (implies our current generals are poor) and do not allow them to go onto television news shows to explain their military strategy: "I don't want my generals being interviewed, I want my generals kicking a--." Trump likes generals who are rough, foul-mouthed and beloved by their troops (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Character

Promise 1: Be unpredictable. "No one is going to touch us, because I'm so unpredictable." (Aug 2019 update - Kept, but China and North Korea are touching us)

Government

Promise 1: To fire "the corrupt and incompetent" leaders of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Aug 2019 update - Kept)
Promise 2: To dramatically reform the VA (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept, some reform but not close to "dramatically")
Promise 3: To allow veterans to take their military identification card to any medical facility that accepts Medicaid patients to receive care. (This is already policy)
Promise 4: To embed satellite VA clinics in rural hospitals and underserved areas, and ensure than every VA hospital is permanently staffed with OBGYN doctors. (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)
Promise 5: To cancel the Space program until pot holes are fixed (until infrastructure is properly funded) (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Miscellaneous

Promise 1: To ensure that Iowa is the first in the Union for primaries. - BROKEN; he has no authority to do that, it belongs to the Parties and the States.

Promise 2: To turn regulation of Pot over to the States and remove Federal restrictions (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

Promise 3: To oppose the killing of journalists (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

DEMOGRAPHIC SURVEY #1

Politically Speaking: Where do you place yourself on the Political Spectrum?

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Donald Trump Lays Out His First 100-Day Plan

First 100 Days In Office

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP HAS LAID OUT in a the broad strokes of what he intends to do in his first 100 days in office. They are, in no particular order:

  • Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) (Aug 2019 update - Kept)
  • Cancel restrictions on the production of American energy, including shale energy and clean coal; which means kill President Obama's Clean Power Plan which is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by 2030 (Aug 2019 update - Kept, but not in first 100 days)
  • In order to reduce regulations on business he wants to eliminate two regulations for every one created (Aug 2019 update - Kept)
  • Direct the Department of Defense to develop a comprehensive plan to protect vital American infrastructure from cyber and all other attacks (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)
  • Begin investigating all abuses of the American visa system (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)
  • Prohibit Executive branch officials from becoming lobbyists for five years after they leave so that they can't enrich themselves from government service (Aug 2019 update - Not Kept)

OPINION #1

Do you think Donald Trump Will Be an Effective President

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OPINION #2

What Type of Job Do You Think Donald Trump Will Do As President

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Opinion #3

What Percent of His Promises Do You Think He Will Substantially Keep?

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    • My Esoteric profile imageAUTHOR

      Scott Belford 

      3 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Your insults make you look extremely stupid and childish, you know, sort of like Trump, if you ask me.

      Instead of throwing out preliminary numbers, you might try using the FINAL numbers. 2008 - Almost 70 million for PBO, 2012 - Right at 66 million for PBO, 2016 - 62.4 million and still climbing pic.twitter.com/x41cyyy2XI

      In any case, shake.

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      Wild Bill 

      3 years ago

      myesoteric said; "Clinton did not get the turn out she was expect by A LOT; I attribute that primarily to her focus on large population centers rather than going out everywhere."

      I really don't know what to say about that statement. On one hand, it is mind blowing that a grown man thinks like you do. On the other hand, I actually feel sorry for you now, so I will take it easy. I imagine old age is a pain in the tail.

      Let me break this down in a simple way that you can understand. Hillary got the same amount of votes that Obama got in 2012;

      http://elections.nbcnews.com/ns/politics/2012/all/...

      About 62 million +

      Hillary now:

      https://www.thenation.com/article/hillary-clintons...

      62 million +

      Your use of the word 'turnout' is just another way of saying that people didn't vote for her. Yes, that is obvious, but it was not only in key swing states that changed, NC, OH, FL, MI etc (sometimes yes to dems, sometimes no). Off of the top of my head, I cannot remember how they voted in both 2008 or 2012, but I digress. What most people don't look at is the districts inside those key states. The majority of districts in theses states performed just like they normally did, but the important democrat are the ones that flipped. These had roughly the same voter turnout, but instead of voting for Obama like they normally did, they voted for Trump or either it was a really close loss. Even is states that Trump lost like PA, some of the districts that were overwhelming Obama did not vote as much for Hillary.

      Regardless, Hillary lost and Trump won. We can keep arguing over which party is more violent and deplorable, but I don't think either party has the sole patent on hate, plus you nor I will give in. We will just keep providing article to bolster our opinion. Why don't we just quit while we still have a life? Truce??? (my hand is extended).

    • My Esoteric profile imageAUTHOR

      Scott Belford 

      3 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Again Wrong Bill. Let me point out a few things to you.

      1. Clinton did not get the turn out she was expect by A LOT; I attribute that primarily to her focus on large population centers rather than going out everywhere. That mistep cost her the election even given how many people didn't like or trust her.

      2. Trump got many less votes than Romney and almost a million votes less than Clinton, so he does not have a mandate.

      3. Probably 25% of the people who voted for Trump are people of the same bad character as Trump and Bannon.

      4. The rest are people who voted for Trump are a) wanted change at ANY cost and b) didn't care to know how Trump was going to do what he said he would like build a wall or kill the families of terrorists

      So no, the fact that they voted for a disaster doesn't reflect what they thought of Obama's job. They voted for Trump for entirely different reasons.

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      Wild Bill 

      3 years ago

      My Esoteric said: "And since Liberals, Moderates, and even a few Conservatives overwhelmingly think PBO 1) did much of what he set out to do and 2) what he did was good for America. You, sir, are in a distinct minority as to how PBO did."

      Well, the polls do say he has a 55% approval rating, but we know how reliable polls are now don't we? lol If people overwhelmingly approved of the job Obama did then they would have elected Hillary, who promises the same agenda.

      Thanks to extreme public shaming by Liberals in the news and social media, people are afraid to publicly express their opinions. The people spoke; no more Obama agenda. Case closed. You lost. Get over it or move on.

    • My Esoteric profile imageAUTHOR

      Scott Belford 

      3 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Actually, I turned that hub into a book on the subject with sources and everything. And yes, I read the most definitive book on the Great Recession, "The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, Authorized Edition: Final Report of the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United States"

      And since Liberals, Moderates, and even a few Conservatives overwhelmingly think PBO 1) did much of what he set out to do and 2) what he did was good for America. You, sir, are in a distinct minority as to how PBO did.

      Yes, these people wanted change, but hardly any of them asked him "How" he is going to do it; they were simply satisfied with the broad platitudes he dodged the questions with. They also ignored 1) Trump's despicable behavior which will now be the embarrassing face of America to the world and 2) his inability to hold his temper and desire to strike back at real or perceived criticism; instead of campaign opponents that he used a scorched earth policy on, it will be leaders of other nations who combined can hurt the US tremendously.

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      Wild Bill 

      3 years ago

      My Esoteric said: "he Cold War fear tactic was a Conservative pogrom against anything that smack of liberalism"

      Yes, which is why it is ironic now that Liberals are using it. This is why I brought it up Einstein! lol Thanks for walking right into that one.

      My Esoteric said: "your "done nothing" comment simply means your are far-Right, not down-the-middle as you assert,

      No. It means I am an American who is not blinded by ideology like yourself. America agrees with me and voted against Hillary, who would have kept up the status quo; do nothing and hopefully the economy will keep slowly growing. Keep in mind this was not a vote for Trump. It was a vote against Hillary and Obama. States that voted for Obama twice did not want to make the same mistake for the next 4 years. Blame it on racism all you want. Change was what we wanted and we did it the right way; by voting, not using violent protests to intimidate.

      My Esoteric said: "know your history (the housing bubble started in about 2003 - 2004) about how and why the Great Recession came about in the Bush Administration that allowed, even encouraged (unknowingly) it to happen by their economic philosophy. See the soon to be published in book form https://hubpages.com/politics/A-Short-History-of-S...

      Seriously??? You used a Hub for a reference??? ROFL. Try reading a book sometime. Anyone with common sense knows that a bubble (recession, financial crisis) cannot start and end within a couple of years. You need to go to business school.

    • My Esoteric profile imageAUTHOR

      Scott Belford 

      3 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Wild Bill, it would help if you 1) knew your history (the Cold War fear tactic was a Conservative pogrom against anything that smack of liberalism), 2) the tactics used private and government persecution, not protests, of anyone not toeing the conservative line, 3) your "done nothing" comment simply means your are far-Right, not down-the-middle as you assert, and 4) know your history (the housing bubble started in about 2003 - 2004) about how and why the Great Recession came about in the Bush Administration that allowed, even encouraged (unknowingly) it to happen by their economic philosophy. See the soon to be published in book form https://hubpages.com/politics/A-Short-History-of-S...

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      Wild Bill 

      3 years ago

      Well, the left thinks that if things don't go their way then they can use violent protests and McCarthy Cold War fear tactics to get their way but they can't. The people know that Obama has done nothing so they didn't vote for Hillary and it wasn't just the right that did it. It was the left and independents. Trump won so live with it.

      Bush didn't cause the recession. That housing bubble started before he took office. Read a book and learn something. Anyone with an education knows that.

    • My Esoteric profile imageAUTHOR

      Scott Belford 

      3 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      The Right seems to think, Wild Bill, PBO had to keep all his utterances, no now the shoe is on the other foot; live with it.

      The economy is stable! Wages finally growing for the last 12 months, 73 straight months of employment growth, highest GDP in history, unemployment equivalent to Bush, and on and on' what more to you want. Stick with facts, not hyperbole

      PBO kept 71% of his promises vs 22% not kept, but not for the lack of trying for most of them. What % do you think Trump will keep? 22%? Less?

      Bush was blamed because his administration caused the mess PBO fixed.

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      Wild Bill 

      3 years ago

      I don't think anyone expects a politician to keep most of their campaign promises. If so, we are setting them up for failure. I think we already see Trump going back on many campaign promises as I knew he would, but as long as he stabilizes the economy and helps to squash ISIS, I don't care because I am pretty much middle of the road.

      I don't worry about:

      -who uses what bathroom

      -who marries

      -Roe vs Wade because it will never be eliminated. I focus more on late term abortion reform.

      -legalization of pot. let people smoke whatever they want to smoke. I will stay clean while they turn their brains into mush.

      As for Obama not being able to keep his promises. First four years he blamed Bush. The second four he blamed Congress and Bush, but none of these are excuses. Now Clinton blames Comey, Obama, and Jill Stein. A President has to be able to convince and work with others. They are supposed to be the leader, so if their is a failure, they should accept it as their own. Liberals can't seem to do that. They want to bully and intimidate with violence and PC.

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