Donald Trump on the issues, in under 500 words
Trump at a "MAGA" rally in Florida on May 8. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
President Trump is running for re-election in 2020. He considers former Vice President Joe Biden to be his top rival. In June, he told Vladimir Putin that Russia shouldn't meddle in the next presidential election.
Key facts about Trump:
- Age: 73
- Born: Queens, New York City
- Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
- Date filed for re-election: Jan. 20, 2017
- Previous roles: Real-estate developer, TV personality
Trump's policies on key issues:
- Immigration: Issued a travel ban on predominately Muslim countries after multiple legal battles. He declared a national emergency to gain federal funding for his border wall and ended the family separation portion of his "zero-tolerance" policy after bipartisan backlash.
- He considered an unconstitutional plan to end birthright citizenship.
- Despite his rhetoric, ICE deported more immigrants per fiscal year under President Obama than during most of Trump's presidency.
- Health care: Promised a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, but not until after 2020. Wants to require immigrant-visa applicants to prove they can obtain health insurance within 30 days of entering the U.S. or cover their own health costs.
- His administration finalized a rule requiring pharmaceutical companies to post drugs' list prices in commercials — which incurred lawsuits.
- Education: His administration requires federal student loan servicers "to refuse requests for information from third parties..." or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Politico reports. He wants to increase federal charter school grants.
- Climate change: Wants the U.S. to leave the Paris Climate Accord. (The U.S. can't leave until after the 2020 election.) He has a history of climate change skepticism and disagrees with findings on human-caused climate change from his own administration.
Key criticisms of Trump:
- Most Americans in 2017 believed Trump should be subject to congressional investigation for allegations of sexual harassment.
- The Mueller report did not conclude that Trump obstructed justice, but didn't exonerate him. 58% of Americans believe Trump lied to the public about the special counsel's investigations.
- The investigation didn't establish that Trump campaign members colluded with the Russian government, but the president's actions may have influenced Russia's actions.
- Trump's U.S.-China trade war exposed roughly 11 million U.S. workers to tariffs by May 2019, after tariffs on Chinese imports rose from 10%-25%. His administration paid farmers $8.52 billion to offset the impact.
- Trump "participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents," a NYT investigation found.
- Trump made 13,435 false or misleading claims as of Oct. 9, per WaPo.
1 fun thing about Trump:
- Trump is the first sitting U.S. president to enter North Korea.
Editor's note: This piece has been updated with the latest information and to clarify that Jan. 20, 2017, was the date Trump filed for re-election.