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Trump follows through on dozens of campaign promises in first year

Trump and Gorsuch
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Despite his many legislative difficulties, President Trump has fulfilled his end of the bargain on several key campaign promises, reports the AP:

Where he's missed:

  • His corporate tax cut is significant (the corporate rate was brought down to 21%), but not as sizable as he promised (15%)
  • Trump has yes to withdraw from NAFTA, and Axios' Jonathan Swan is reporting that his attitude may be softening
  • No tariff or tough action on China — yet
  • No wall or immigration overhaul, though border crossings have dropped significantly
  • The coal industry is still dying
  • No ACA repeal or replacement health care plan
  • No infrastructure plan

Why it matters: Trump claims he has signed more legislation in his first year than any other president. The reality is that he ranks dead last among the 10 post-war presidents who began their terms on a regular four-year cycle, according to PolitiFact. Nonetheless, it would be erroneous to say Trump achieved nothing in his first year.