Trump Achievements since the 2016 Election, Part 1

During the 2016 Campaign, Candidate Donald Trump gave his supporters a laundry list — a LONG laundry list — of specific things he would do when elected President.  Many scoffed at the impossible task he detailed.  No President in U.S. history has ever taken on such an insurmountable task, yet alone accomplished all or most of it — especially not in just a few months.  But even before the Inauguration, Mr. Trump set about the job of accomplishment.  I think when you see these, (and you’ll probably ONLY see them here in list form since the Media cowers at reporting real accomplishments by a Conservative President and will not report them) you will gasp when realizing what he has done.  After all, based on MSM coverage, all he does is sit around and tweet all day.

A short note here:  this list of his accomplishments is only complete through mid June 2017.  There are many since then but I will have to catch up.  I am listing them not in chronological order, but by category of what and where the accomplishments fit.  They are all in bullet form without summary or interpretation.  And the list is really long — so long there’s no way I can give them to you in one post.  My average post is about 1000 words in length, and some say that’s too long.  The bullet list of his accomplishments is 8500 words!  So I’ll break it up over several days and post by category.

I will, however, when applicable and appropriate during the days of posting of these accomplishments add an additional blog post or two, so be watching for them.  Oh, and at the end of the Accomplishment list posting, if you’d like a copy of the list, I’ll gladly forward it to you in a .pdf document.  You’ll have to provide me your email address if you want it,  (I promise no sales attempts, no sale of your email address, and no one else will get it)  and of course there’s no charge.

 

President Trump Achievements: Five Months In

 We’ll start with President Trump’s Social Policy Achievements along with his Veterans Issues Achievements, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Matters, Abortion Matters and Gun Rights Matters

Social Policy Achievements

  • March 27, 2017—One of the four Congressional Review bills that Trump signed into law that day repealed Obama’s Blacklisting Rule, which would have required firms contracted by federal agencies to disclose every claim of unfair labor practices concerning them – something which would have given unionized contractors an upper-hand. On the same day, President Trump signed an executive order repealing the contracting rule.
  • January 20, 2017—On his first day in office, Trump signed an executive order that would lessen Obamacare’s burden while Republicans work to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
  • February 22, 2017—President Trump rescinded former President Obama’s pro-transgender guidelines for schools receiving federal aid that are subject to Title IX.  A day earlier, the Trump Administration announced it would discontinue Obama’s pro-transgender policies.
  • March 27, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order repealing Obama-era labor law compliance requirements for federal contractors, along with signing a resolution of disapproval that day on the same topic.
  • April 14, 2017—President Trump appointed Roger Severino, a strong defender of religious liberty, to the HHS Office for Civil Rights.
  • April 14, 2017—The Justice Department dropped its discrimination lawsuit against North Carolina for its “bathroom bill” (filed under the Obama Administration) after North Carolina passed a compromise bill. Homosexual activists still opposed the new bill.
  • May 1, 2017—The Agriculture Department took steps to give schools more flexibility in their school meal plans.
  • May 4, 2017—On the annual National Day of Prayer,[11] President Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty. Among its provisions, it loosened IRS restrictions against political activities by tax-exempt religious organizations, effectively weakening the Johnson Amendment; and it attempted to make it easier for employers not to provide contraceptives if they had religious objections. The order gave conservative Attorney General Jeff Sessions greater authority regarding religious liberty policy.  Although well received by some Christians and conservatives, others criticized it for being ineffective and easy to repeal.  Other members of the Trump Administration have shown strong support for religious liberty.
  • In May 2017, the Trump Administration began to undo Section 1557 of ObamaCare, which would have helped liberals gain transexual “rights” through the courts.
  • June 6, 2017—The Trump Administration appointed Valerie Huber, an abstinence education advocate, to the position of chief of staff to the assistant secretary for health at the HHS.
  • President Trump did not proclaim June 2017 as LGBT Pride Month, unlike former presidents Clinton and Obama.

Veterans Various Achievements

Legislation

  • April 19, 2017—President Trump signed an extension of the Veterans Choice Act of 2014, which allowed veterans to seek medical care outside the VA system due to serious VA problems.
  • June 2, 2017—President Trump signed a bill into law giving preference in federal grants to “federal and state law enforcement agencies that hire and train veterans.”
  • June 23, 2017—President Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law (Trump described the law as “one of the largest reforms to the VA in its history,” which expanded protections for VA whistleblowers, gave the VA the authority to end bonuses to convicted employees, made quicker and easier the process for firing, suspending, and demoting employees.

Executive actions

  • April 27, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order creating an office in the Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate obstacles preventing the VA from firing incompetent employees, and to protect those who reveal cases of incompetence in the department.
  • June 5, 2017—The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it would adopt the same medical records system as the Defense Department in order to bring better care for veterans.
  • July 7, 2017—The Department of Veterans Affairs made public its disciplinary actions against its employees,[12] and it reported that day have fired over 500 employees since January 2017.

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Matters

Legislation

  • June 2, 2017—President Trump signed a bill into law to reduce the backlog of families of fallen police officers waiting to receive benefits due to their status.

Executive actions

  • February 2017—Attorney General Sessions rescinded an Obama Administration memo that directed the Bureau of Prisons to begin phasing out private prisons.
  • February 9, 2017—President Trump signed three executive orders pertaining to law enforcement. The first cracked down and strengthens the law against international crime organizations, the second deals with anti-law enforcement crimes, and third with finding a strategy for reducing crime in general, “including, in particular, illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime.”
  • March 10, 2017—Attorney General Sessions asked the 46 remaining U.S. attorneys appointed by Obama, arguably the most left-wing president in U.S. history, to resign. One of those U.S. attorneys was the failed Zachary Fardon, who was lax in his prosecution of gun crimes (Sessions directed the Justice Department to increase prosecutions on gun-law violations and to reinforce harsh sentences for such). When one of those attorneys, Preet Bharara, refused to resign (likely for political gain), he was fired.  Later, in May 2017, more Obama holdovers left the Justice Department.
  • April 3, 2017—Attorney General Sessions ordered the Department of Justice to review Obama’s agreements with local police departments. Sessions made this order to give back local control to police departments.
  • April 13, 2017—The Justice Department prosecuted two doctors and one other for practicing female genital mutilation – the first such prosecutions under a federal law passed by Congress in 1996 prohibiting the practice.
  • May 9, 2017—Although he previously stated he was not planning on asking him to resign, President Trump, at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, fired Obama-appointed FBI director James Comey for being unfit to serve in the position.[16] Democrats and liberals were dismayed at the decision, but it showed that Trump was serious about shaking up D.C. and “draining the swamp.”
  • May 11, 2017—Attorney General Sessions ended Obama and Eric Holder’s policy of pursuing light sentences for criminals when he ordered federal prosecutors to pursue “the most serious and readily provable offense” committed by those under prosecution.
  • June 7, 2017—Attorney General Sessions ended a policy begun by Eric Holder where the Justice Department would reach settlements with companies that required them to pay third-party groups, many of which were left-wing organizations.
    June 20, 2017—Attorney General Sessions launched the National Public Safety Partnership as part of a wider DOJ effort at countering violent crime.
  • June 30, 2017—The Trump Administration sent 20 ATF agents to Chicago to help the city fight gun violence. The local US Attorney said the same day that his office had already prosecuted more Chicago gun cases in 2017 than it had done throughout the entire year 2016.
    President Trump gave a major policy address[99][100] in front of 15,000 supporters[94][101] in front of the famous Warsaw Uprising Monument.[102] He promoted conservative, Christian, America First, and nationalistic values in his speech.[99][100][103] Trump took a strong stance against terrorism in his speech, stating that “our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind.”[104] He strongly stood up for Western values[105] and asked “Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the courage to preserve our civilisation in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”[106] Reaffirming American NATO duties and military support for Poland, he spoke highly of Poland for meeting its NATO spending pledge.[104][107][108] While taking a reasonable stance regarding Russia,[109] Trump criticized “destabilizing” Russian activities such as supporting hostile regimes.[107][95] Trump took a strong stance against government bureaucracy and regulations, warning against “the steady creep of government bureaucratic actions.”

Abortion Matters

Legislation

  • April 13, 2017—President Trump signed a Congressional Review bill into law annulling a recent Obama Administration regulation that would have prohibited states from discriminating in awarding Title X family planning funds based on whether the local clinic also performs abortions (some states adopted rules which distribute federal family planning funds on the condition that the organizations do not perform abortions).  The Act was “the first major national pro-life bill in more than a decade.”

Executive actions

  • January 23, 2017—President Trump signed an order reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which defunded International Planned Parenthood and other organizations that promote foreign abortions.  However, unlike previous administrations, the Trump Administration expanded the policy to include all global health assistance funding.  Multiple references:
  • April 4, 2017—The Trump Administration halted U.S. funding of the United Nations Population Fund, which has links to inhumane abortion programs such as China’s one-child policy. Instead, the $32.5 million was shifted to the U.S. Agency for International Development.
  • President Trump appointed several pro-life advocates to Department of Health and Human Services positions. On April 28, 2017, in an apparent victory for the pro-life movement,  President Trump appointed Dr. Charmaine Yoest, a strong pro-life advocate and the former president of Americans United for Life, to the position of assistant secretary of public affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services, replacing a strong Planned Parenthood supporter. The position did not require Senate confirmation.  In late May, Trump appointed Shannon Royce, who formerly served in the Family Research Council and the Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, to the HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  Around May 1, 2017, President Trump appointed Teresa Manning, a pro-life advocate who worked for the Family Research Council and the National Right to Life, to be the HHS deputy assistant secretary for population affairs.
  • May 15, 2017—The Trump Administration massively broadened the scope of the Mexico City Policy to restrict funding to any international health organization that performs or gives information about abortions, expanding the amount of money affected from $600,000 to nearly $9 billion.

Gun Rights Matters

Legislation

  • February 28, 2017—President Trump signed a bill into law (Public Law 115-8) repealing a Social Security Administration rule adding mental disability determinations to the background check registry, subject to a person applying to be removed from the list. Congress had passed a law requiring federal agencies to search their records for people who were “mentally defective”, and the Social Security Administration had published their method of gathering names on December 16, 2016. The regulation would have added the names of disability beneficiaries who have a mental illness or are not competent to manage their own finances, potentially leading to the removal of Second Amendment rights to many perfectly competent, mentally healthy citizens. By signing the resolution of disapproval, as with other CRA acts, the Social Security Administration cannot come up with different criteria for supplying names to the background check registry for 10 years.

Executive actions

  • Starting early in his presidency, the Trump Administration has undone Obama-era executive branch gun regulations.

So that completes the first day of President Trump accomplishments through mid June.  The above totals 2000 words.  We only have 6500 more to go!  Tomorrow I’ll give you Part 2 of the list that will probably require 2 more parts.  Again when complete I will gladly forward you a .pdf of the total list if you like.  Feel free to email me at dan@dnewman.org if you want that list.  Your email address will remain private.  And there’s no cost to you.

Thanks for reading!

Dan

 

 


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