Trump, Crazy Like a Fox! Top 100 Achievements in First Year
by James Doogue
21 January, 2018
By any reasonable measure, the rate of achievement of the Trump Administration is phenomenal. So why isn’t that reported in the media?
Why is the public largely ignorant of those achievements?
The reason is the mainstream media (MSM) are choosing not to report Trump’s successes. Instead they focus on any real or imagined negatives.
In a remarkable show of hostile aggression towards the President the latest study shows that 90 percent of statements made by reporters and nonpartisan sources the last three months on ABC, NBC and CBS evening newscasts about Mr. Trump and his administration were negative. This has pretty much been consistent for Trump’s first year in office.
The partisan approach from the media is unprecedented. The MSM still hasn’t got over their ordained Democrat candidate Hillary, losing the election. Twelve months on, they are still refusing to report anything positive about the President, and are aggressively reporting negatively.
Before the election we also had almost every Hollywood celebrity and others in the entertainment industry show their support for Hillary Clinton and ridicule even the thought that Trump would win the Republican nomination let alone win the election. In one 6 minute video, you can see a montage of key Hollywood celebrities, talk show hosts, senior politicians, MSM political commentators, and even President Obama, openly ridiculed the idea of Donald Trump ever becoming President. (Skip the spoof at the end which claims ‘The Simpsons’ predicted Trump’s Presidential run and victory in year 2000 episodes, the episodes were from 2015.)
Before the election many celebrities boldy promised to leave the country if Trump won. (There is an update on Katie Hopkins, a well known UK journalist and commentator who predicted a Trump win and said she would move to the US if Trump did win. Instead of moving to the US she has teamed up with Rebel Media, a Canadian company which broadcasts over a cable channel and YouTube channel and has an internet blog, all well patronized by Americans.)
All these people who have a lot of egg on their faces, and incredibly bruised egos, now take every opportunity to trash talk Trump when they have a microphone in their hand.
With the MSM and these celebrities, it is as if they think they can eventually drum Trump out of office through resignation or impeachment and have their opinions vindicated.
To top it off, a large part of the government service leans strongly to the Democratic and even ‘Greens’ left side of politics. They love big government and government regulation of private citizens and business. A Republican President who is also a successful businessman who threatens to cut government expenditure is a serious threat to the career public servants and their empires. This ‘Deep State’ of anti-Trump supporters have also worked from day one to harm Trump. With leaks from senior officials to the press with everything from fake private conversations to real material which would never have seen the light of day to embarrass a Democrat President.
The result of the actions of this coalition of the MSM, left leaning Celebrities and the Deep State, is that even the average politically uninterested observer is left with the impression that Trump is a bumbling idiot who is yet to rack up and substantive achievements. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The MSM also like to portray Trump as a little unhinged. But the president’s doctor, who was first appointed to the White House by Barack Obama, said this week that the President was in “excellent” health, following his first medical since becoming president.
Rear Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson said: “I have no concerns about his cognitive ability or neurological functions.”
The media no longer have the ability to claim dementia or any other cognitive dysfunction for the President’s performance with which they disapprove. But it wont stop them focusing as they have done on his gaffes and lack of eloquence. He doesn’t have years of training as a politician. He hasn’t learned to bat away journalists questions or spend five minutes talking without actually saying something.
Trump is used to talking straight, just like in his reality TV show ‘The Apprentice’, ready to tell even people he likes, that they are fired. There is no question Trump has a big ego, so he talks a lot, allowing the media to pick what he says to pieces. The MSM and their coalition of the willing can always manufacture some new offense which would have gone unreported for any other President.
This means many of the Trump administration’s achievements have been deliberately ignored by the MSM, and are almost completely unknown to the general public whose news sources are confined largely to the MSM.
A classic demonstration of everything I have written above is the Australian government funded Broadcaster, the ABC, and their review of Trump’s first year. It was prepared by Washington bureau chief Zoe Daniel and Roscoe Whalan and is a totally negative portrayal of Trump’s first year. It presents no significant positive achievements, yet as you will see below there are plenty. The presentation even takes time to mock some of Trump’s handshakes with world leaders. That is the level of negative attention this president receives from the MSM.
Is it any wonder the average person in the street thinks Trump is an imbecile who has only harmed the US and the world since becoming president?
To me Trump was a reluctant choice for President. A choice between two terrible candidates. When I look at Trump’s gaffes, his trash talking and his bragging, I just think yes, we knew he was like that before he was elected. But the US elected him under their version of democracy which has seen a number of presidents win the Electoral College, but not the popular vote. They rejected Hillary Clinton, who many thought should be in jail, was corrupt, a liar and someone concerned only with power, not the people.
What I consider when I view the Trump administration is not whether he makes me cringe with his tweets and off-the-cuff remarks, but how he is performing compared to my expectation of him, versus my expectations of a Clinton Presidency.
What would America look like under Clinton’s ‘more of the same’ Presidency?
I see that on almost every economic metric and leading indicator Trump is winning. What he has done on regulations, trade, immigration control, resources and taxes, is the reason their stock market and consumer confidence is booming, unemployment is down, and wages are up.
I didn’t expect this performance from Trump, and I know it certainly couldn’t have happened under Clinton. I have been pleasantly surprised at his achievements, but I have become more and more aware that most people don’t know what he has achieved.
I don’t have to like the man or his style, to acknowledge his achievements. But it seems the MSM and celebrities do.
So while the MSM continue to focus on his gaffes, personality, and negative outcomes, they refuse to report his successes, certainly not at any length anyway, and not in a positive light.
So I have looked back through the months between now and the Nov 2016 election, and selected what I think are Trump’s top 100 achievements in no particular order other than reverse chronological order.
I have highlighted what I think are the really big ticket items, but have left off many small ticket items from the list. It would have just been too long. I may have missed some but as you can see the list is much greater than you may have suspected! Starting this January 2018:
- Despite predictions here and here and here, that the stock market would crash if Trump was elected, the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above 26,000 points for the first time in January showing an overall increase of more than 25% since Trump was elected.No first-term president has overseen a post-election market rally this strong since people were singing, “Happy Days are Here Again” after the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932 after the great crash of 1929. That can only be achieved on the back of investor confidence in the countries business future.
- In response to the Trump tax package American corporations and businesses have announced bonuses and increased 401K (super) payments to more than 2 million employees to date, and increases in their minimum wage which will benefit millions more employees. Corporations also announced additional growth and investment plans in the US.
- While the new administration certainly can’t take all of the credit — and the government itself doesn’t create jobs — employers make hiring decisions based on the long-term economic outlook, and the president has a great deal to do with that. Unemployment at 4.4 percent in 2017, is the lowest rate since 2000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported nearly 1.3 million new jobs were created during Trump’s first 200 days. Meanwhile, Obama, in his first six months, saw the loss of more than 4.1 million jobs in his first 200 days.The bureau said 6,000 construction jobs were added in July for a total of 82,000 since January. In addition, 16,000 manufacturing jobs were added in July, a total of 70,000 since January. The labor-force participation rate increased to 62.9 percent in July. In June, there were 6 million job openings in the U.S., one of the highest levels recorded.
- The unemployment rate for black Americans dropped to an all-time low in December, to 6.8 percent. The previously monthly low was 7.4 percent in 2000. The government has been tracking unemployment by race since 1972.
- US citizens are a lot more optimistic about their future. Potential homebuyer traffic has this month reached levels not seen since 1999. Not surprisingly home builders also expressed their highest level of confidence in housing markets since 1999. That augers very well for continued economic prosperity including more jobs in the housing industry.
- Trump made a number of strategic changes in the fight against ISIS. ISIS was on the increase under Obama who demanded the White House make every decision about drone strikes and other offensives. Instead Trump re-defined the rules of engagement and the objectives and delegated the decisions to his military commanders. What would Trump know about Military tactics? About as much as Obama, So great decision. ISIS has been all but wiped out in Syria and Iraq. This has also slowed the massive flow of refugees from those areas and reduced the global recruiting drive for jihadists.
- By December the Trump administration had shrunk the EPA, by more than 700 staff, and rescinded the stupid declaration that CO2 is a pollutant. This has reduced the regulatory restraints on many sustainable businesses.
- Despite the media’s portrayal of poor relationships between the Trump administration and just about every other major power, Trump continues to show that is not the case. For instance regarding a recent major terrorist attack planned in St Petersburg but foiled by CIA information passed on to Russia last month, President Trump said that the planned terror attack in Russia thwarted by a CIA tip could have left thousands of people dead had the US not given its rival the heads up.“I received a call from President Putin of Russia thanking our country for the intelligence that our CIA was able to provide them concerning a major terrorist attack planned in St. Petersburg.”
- The appointment of U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, was inspired. She is possibly a future presidential candidate. Finally the UN is getting robust and sensible, no nonsense representation at the UN and is demanding that other countries pay their fair share.Under a formula tied to economic size and other measurements established under an article of the United Nations Charter, the United States is responsible for 22 percent of the United Nations operating budget, the largest contribution. It paid about $1.2 billion of the 2016-2017 budget of $5.4 billion.The United States also is the largest single financial contributor, at 28.5 percent, to a separate budget for United Nations peacekeeping operations, which totals $6.8 billion in the 2017-2018 budget finalized in June.
It is crazy that a country as indebted as the US should be funding about 22% of the UN. The US represents just over 4% of the world’s population and about 15% of global GDP. The US has already announced a drastic reduction in their payments and insisted that the UN re-do their budgets.
At the last meeting before Christmas when United Nations members reached agreement on a 2018-2019 budget of $5.4 billion, Ms. Haley issued a statement emphasizing the American role in achieving more than $285 million in cuts, along with hints of more reductions to come.
“We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked,” Ms. Haley said. In future negotiations, she said, “you can be sure we’ll continue to look at ways to increase the U.N.’s efficiency while protecting our interests.”
- Passage of the biggest tax overhaul in 30 years, with some $3.2 trillion in tax cuts along with significant simplification of the tax code. The major part was a reduction in corporate tax rates to 21% and some personal tax rate cuts.This will attract corporate head offices back to the US, repatriate profits to the US, and increase investment and employment in the US. It will be a boon for small businesses who will be able to expand and put more money in the hands of shareholders and employees to spend, save and invest in the US. Economists expect that while the short to medium term will show a hit to Government revenues, in the longer term it will increase revenues and allow the US to start working towards a balanced budget and then a reduction in debt.More of the same Obama economic approach promised by Hillary Clinton was going to see the US economy remain sluggish and US Government debt increase with no outlook for change.
- President Trump on Dec. 18 removed climate change from the global threats listed in his National Security Strategy, reversing an Obama administration decision. Obama, in the most recent strategy document, declared climate change an “urgent and growing threat to our national security.”
- President Trump announced Dec. 14 his administration has far exceeded its promise to eliminate regulations at a 2:1 ratio and impose no lifetime net regulatory costs. In total, agencies issued 67 deregulatory actions while imposing only three new regulatory actions, a ratio of 22:1. Federal agencies also achieved $8.1 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings, the equivalent of $570 million per year. I know this is low hanging fruit, but at least it is a start and not an increase!
- In November the Commerce Department said in its second GDP estimate that gross domestic product expanded at a 3.3 percent annual rate for the third quarter. That was the fastest pace since the third quarter of 2014 and a pickup from the second quarter’s 3.1 percent rate. The economy was previously reported to have grown at a 3.0 percent pace in the July-September period. It was the first time since 2014 that the economy experienced growth of 3 percent or more for two straight quarters.The Trump administration is well on track to achieving a full year’s GDP growth at 3.0% or above, something President Obama was unable to achieve in his 8 year presidency.
- Trump has shown respect to the police and all first responders. Something President Obama did not do. This has considerably lifted morale in all those areas. Top law enforcement leaders say they have had no bigger advocate this year than President Trump, and they are hopeful he has set the stage for fewer dangerous confrontations between officers and the public, better-equipped departments and, ultimately, reductions in crime.Early signs are encouraging. Line-of-duty deaths, including fatal shootings of police officers, are down this year. Preliminary reports from major cities indicate that crime increases reported in the past two years are subsiding.The Justice Department’s new focus on policing results has also toned down tensions between the federal government and local agencies. Meanwhile, racially tinged standoffs between police and the public have dissipated.
- US Border Patrol union president says morale could not have been lower under Obama, but Trump support is helping. Obama didn’t care about border security and encourage Democrat lead states and counties to disregard ICE ‘hold’ directives. Trump has placed border security and illegal immigrants as a high priority and has visited Border Security stations a number of times in his first year.
- The Trump administration asked a federal court Dec. 7 for an emergency stay to delay a court order to begin opening the military to transgender recruits by Jan. 1. Let’s hope the stay is permanent.When I was in the military, just about any physical or mental health issue would get you discharged as medically unsuitable. The military cannot afford to be relying on a person who has gender dysphoria, who is reliant on ongoing medications if they have transitioned, and significant surgery if they have not transitioned.Even in Sweden, the most accepting and tolerant society in the world where transgenderism has been socially and officially recognised for years, longitudinal studies show that transition does not resolve the high rates of depression, anxiety and suicide among gender dysphoria people.
This is a known risk the military can well do without especially when other applicants are rejected for lesser medical or mental health issues. For instance being obese — an impediment which may not be important in all roles and may not adversely impact on the performance of some people. But the military shouldn’t take that risk. Nor should they with transgender people. It is not discrimination, it is common sense.
- While the previous three U.S. presidents promised during their election campaigns to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Trump on Dec. 6 became the first to follow through by ordering the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, where Israel’s parliament and Government administration is based.
- The Department of Homeland Security released figures Dec. 4 showing Trump is delivering on his pledge to more strictly control immigration and deter would-be border-crossers. Border Patrol arrests dropped to a 45-year low in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, down 25 percent from a year earlier.ICE also said the number of people apprehended away from the border jumped 25 percent this fiscal year. The increase is 37 percent after Trump’s inauguration compared to the same period the year before.
- The Trump administration has received UN support for an increase in sanctions against North Korea. After some 25 years of failed negotiations to contain Pyongyang’s nuclear program, and billions of dollars in aid and trade deals, the communist regime’s latest threatening actions were met by President Trump with a warning that military action, including a preemptive nuclear attack, would be considered. After Trump’s warnings, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un backed off on his threat to attack the U.S. territory of Guam.
- Trump’s approach to NK has also brought NK and South Korea back to the table for their first discussions in years. This is contrary to the rest of the world interpreting Trump’s strong stance as risking the escalation of hostilities with NK. It turns out that Trump is the only world leader who has worked out how to get through to NK. Under Obama there were no relations between the US and NK, or NK and the rest of the world.
- Melania Trump as First Lady has significantly reduced the number of aides on the first lady’s office payroll in comparison to her predecessor, Michelle Obama. During President Obama’s first year in office, 16 people were listed working for Michelle Obama, earning a combined $1.24 million a year. This year, just four people were listed working for Melania Trump as of June, with salaries totaling $486,700.
- Trump signed an executive order Oct. 12 that directs three federal agencies to rewrite regulations to encourage the establishment of cheaper health plans that can be purchased across state lines and are not bound by certain Obamacare rules and regulations.The directive would allow small-business owners, trade groups and others to join together to purchase health insurance.
- U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly surged to a 13-year high as Americans’ perceptions of the economy and their own finances rebounded following several major hurricanes, a University of Michigan survey showed Oct. 13.
- President Trump announced Oct. 13 he will not certify the Iran nuclear deal and vowed that the U.S. would pull out unless changes are made. He also unveiled a new strategy, the culmination of nine months of deliberation with Congress and allies, on how to best protect America’s security from the rogue mullah-led regime. The plan includes denying the regime funding and any paths to a nuclear weapon and ballistic missiles.
- The United States is quitting the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, announced the move will be made before the end of the year “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.”
- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Oct. 9 a new set of rules that will override the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s climate alarmist policies which are based on unscientific UN IPCC projections which rely on empirically unverified assumptions about a range of climate variables.The EPA is now moving to undo, delay or block more than 30 environmental rules, the largest regulatory rollback in the agency’s 47-year history. This is Trump’s commitment to reduce ‘green and red tape’ and to pull the US out of ‘climate action’ which will make no measurable impact on the climate, but will hurt the US economy and people.
- As promised during the election campaign, the Trump administration submitted to Congress Oct. 8 a 70-point proposal that calls for increased border security, interior enforcement of immigration laws and a merit-based immigration system. It includes funding and completing construction of a southern border wall, improving expedited removal of illegal aliens, protecting innocent people in “sanctuary cities,” ending extended-family chain migration and establishing a point-based system for green cards to protect U.S. workers and taxpayers. Many of these proposals were previously supported by Hillary Clinton and hubby Bill Clinton until they became Trump policies.
- The Department of Defense reprogrammed approximately $400 million for U.S. missile defense systems. They also plan an upgrade of the nuclear missiles to match the upgrades in technology carried out by both Russia and China in the 2000’s. The backbone of the Us nuclear missile capability is based on 1970’s technology.
- Amid strong Democratic opposition, the House Homeland Security Committee gave first approval to the broad scope of President Trump’s border wall Oct. 4, clearing a bill that would authorize $10 billion in new infrastructure spending, new waivers to speed up construction, and 10,000 more border agents and officers to patrol the U.S.-Mexico line.
- President Trump revived the National Space Council for the first time in 25 years to assist him in developing and implementing long-range strategic goals for the nation’s space policy. The pace program will refocus on human exploration and discovery.
- Trump is filling up lower courts with lifetime appointees naming youthful conservative nominees to the federal bench in record-setting numbers.
- Trump began the process of renegotiating the United States-South Korea Free Trade Agreement in September.
- In September, Trump shut down a climate-change advisory panel under the direction of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, that critics have contended was formed largely to promote President Obama’s climate policies, arguing it lacked representation from “those who think the empirical evidence points to human actions contributing little to global warming and that attempting to reduce it would slow the conquest of poverty around the world.” The EPA also has decided not to renew the appointments of dozens of scientists on various scientific advisory panels.
- Proving the economy is moving again, household wealth reached a record high of $1.7 trillion in the second quarter due to rising property values and gains in financial assets, according to a Federal Reserve report.
- In September, Trump signed an executive order to enhance vetting capabilities and processes for detecting attempted entry into the United States by terrorists or other public-security threats.
- On Sept. 7, the U.S. fully deployed the THAAD missile defense system to South Korea despite objections from Pyongyang’s chief ally, China. This move was part of the reason why NK change their stance on talking with South Korea.
- In September, Trump signed an executive order significantly expanding U.S. authority to target individuals, companies and financial institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea, most of which are Chinese. Meanwhile, China’s central bank has ordered banks in its massive banking system to immediately stop doing business with North Korea. This move helped gain China and other countries support for increased sanctions against NK. Obama would did not have the good judgement or guts to take such a move.
- Finally the US had a leader who put US interests first rather than a concern to look like a statesman on the international stage. In his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Trump told the global body in September, “I put America first and you should do the same with your nations.” In the speech, he also explicitly denounced socialism and communism, pointing to Venezuela as an example of what happens when socialism is successfully implemented.Lots of people in the UN, around the world and in the MSM were offended by that speech, and that is what received the global coverage. But why should they be offended when Trump is speaking the truth?
- President Trump, in September, rescinded Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order, which gave de facto amnesty to some 800,000 people who came to the country as children with their illegal-alien parents. Obama had been simply kicking the tin down the road on addressing the so called ‘Dreamers’. He had done this for years rather than force Congress to come up with a legislative solution.Trump has delayed implementing his order for six months to give Congress time to come up with a legislative solution. Trump has indicated to the Democrats, whose policy is to give the Dreamers a pathway to citizenship, though they didn’t do that in 8 years under Obama, that Trump would possibly consider that as part of a total border security package including funding the border wall, and ending chain migration and the visa lottery system.
- In August, the National Federation of Independent Business said its Small-Business Optimism Index reached 105.3, the highest since 2006 and an 11 percent jump since the week before Trump was elected. The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index said small business owners are the most optimistic since July 2007. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort measure reached a 16-year high, with current views of the economy also reaching a 16-year high. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index rose in July to near a 16 year high, with consumers short-term outlook improving.
- During Trump’s first six months, the manufacturing index was the highest it had been since 1983 under President Reagan. The National Association of Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey showed the highest two-quarter average, of 91.4 percent, for manufacturing optimism in the survey’s 20-year history. The Institute for Supply Management reported its June barometer of manufacturing rose to 57.8, the fastest pace in three years.
- In July The president signed an order in August to investigate Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property. 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. This is a constructive initiative to protect US business which Obama had failed to do in 8 years. It will also have benefits for industry around the world who have suffered from Chinese IP theft.
- More than $2 billion in fines were assessed to China and Canada in August for illegal trade practices. This was missed, or ‘allowed’ under Obama’s big government.
- DHS in August ended the Central American Minors Parole Program that had allowed certain minors from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to enter the U.S.
- A report in August said that due to reforms and additional hirings of immigration judges, the number of deportation orders increased by nearly 28 percent compared to the same period of time in 2016.
- In August, the government also said that of the 42,000 illegal immigrants in federal prisons, nearly all of them either had deportation orders or were being investigated for possible deportation. The Trump Administration has ordered the DHS ir ensure those deportation orders are carried out at the end of the prison sentence rather than allowing the prisoners to be released into the general population as had been happening under Obama.
- The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in August denied requests from employers to import cheap foreign labor into the U.S. for high-skilled jobs if the employers could not explain why they wanted to pay a lower wage for such work.
- In August Trump elevated the Department of Defense’s Cyber Command to the status of Unified Combatant Command in August, demonstrating an increased focus on cyber security. Under Obama there had been far too many successful cyber attacks on the US including the US military, Diplomatic service and businesses.In one case a successful attack on Sony scared them into not releasing the movie ‘The Interview’ to cinemas. Max Kelly, who at the time was head of cyber security at the NSA, ended up quitting his job saying, “The government is unwilling or unable to do what needs to be done, to protect U. S. companies who are on the front line of cyber-warfare,” In the case of the Sony cyber attack described here, it was readily apparent that Obama government resources would not be used to help protect US businesses. The weak President Barack Obama publicly declared the attack an act of “cyber-vandalism,” not of war. Now the US Government is protecting its national interests by protecting US businesses from cyber attacks.
- After almost 17 years of giving billions of dollars to Pakistan in aid and military support for their cooperation in fighting terrorism, but without holding Pakistan to account for their lack of action, the Trump Administration has signalled a much more results oriented approach.In August, Trump presented in an address to the nation a new military strategy that put Pakistan on notice for supporting jihadists and warned Kabul it would no longer receive a “blank check,” moving the U.S. away from the Bush-era policy of “nation-building” and focusing on “killing terrorists.”In December Trump followed through with this policy by suspending military aid to Pakistan, (not humanitarian aid).
- President Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act in August, streamlining the lengthy process that veterans undergo when appealing disability benefits claims with the VA. More than 470,000 veterans are awaiting decisions regarding their appeals. The Veterans Affairs administration is the first agency to post information on employee disciplinary action online.
- The president signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act in August, which provides educational benefits to veterans, service members and their family members, including tuition, fees, books, housing and other additional costs.
- The president signed an executive order in August projected to save billions of dollars by streamlining and expediting the permitting process for infrastructure projects. The order 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. Under past administrations the permitting process had stretched out to up to 10 years!
- In August, the Department of Health and Human Services rescinded an Obama-era directive that had allowed states to request a waiver to ignore work requirements for the poor in order to receive welfare. This Obama directive was creating intergenerational unemployed people, largely within the black community. Significant increases in black employment have resulted.
- In August, more than 1.1 million fewer Americans were on food stamps under President Trump, compared to the Obama administration.
- In July, Trump signed an order boosting oil and gas development on federal lands. This will be another boost to the economy and energy independence for the USA.
- In July, President Trump kept his campaign promise to coal miners and rolled back the previous administration’s “Stream Protection Rule,” which targeted the industry with estimated costs of at least $81 million a year.
- Trump has convinced companies such as Ford, Chrysler and Carrier Air Conditioners to manufacture and build plants in the United States. At the White House, Corning announced with the president it was investing $500 million in new U.S. production, creating 1,000 new jobs. Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, which makes the iPhone, announced in July 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.
- In July, the Trump administration ended a CIA program to arm “moderate” Syrian rebels after previous efforts of its kind were shown to have aided Islamic jihadists. This included the terrorists who carried out the disastrous Benghazi attack in which four Americans, including the ambassador, were killed when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State and she and Obama lied about the cause of the attack and provision of security.
- After months of heavy fighting, Iraq coalition forces finally pushed ISIS fighters out of Mosul in early July. The U.S. is also supporting efforts to rid the Philippines of ISIS cells. All achieved from new initiatives by the Trump administration.
- Trump created the Office of American Innovation in July to streamline and improve the government for future generations.
- Trump signed an executive order in July implementing tough new lobbying standards for political appointees, including a five-year ban on lobbying and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign countries. This stops anyone who takes a political appointment going from that job to a lobbying position and using their contacts to lobby for special interests. Incredible that it took Trump’s election to bring in such a rule.
- In what Attorney General Jeff Sessions described as the “largest health-care fraud takedown operation in American history,” the DOJ in July charged more than 400 people, including doctors and medical facilities, who it said were prescribing unnecessary opioids to addicts and fueling the current drug crisis. This was part of the war on Opioid addiction Trump announced during his election campaign.
- Sessions and the DOJ cracked down on illegal leaks of classified information from within the government, pursuing three times more investigations in the first six months of the Trump administration than had been open at the end of the Obama administration. The administration created a counterintelligence unit within the FBI for the investigations.
- Trump approved the Dakota Access Pipeline project and the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, which are expected to create more than 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in earnings. The Dakota Access Pipeline, which is transporting 500,000 barrels of oil a day, has reinvigorated the North Dakota economy. In June, Trump approved production of the New Burgos Pipeline to Mexico.
- Due to Trump administration negotiations for the first time since 2003, American beef imports have returned to China, opening up a $2.5 billion market to American ranchers and producers. Something Obama tried and failed to achieve.
- Trump signed an executive order in June making it easier for businesses to start and expand apprenticeship programs.
- Trump issued an executive order in June to begin the process of rescinding the 2015 Waters of the United States rule, which has been used to expand federal control over private land. Under the Obama administration, the broadly crafted rule was applied to “navigable waters” such as man-made ditches and water that accumulated after heavy rain.
- On June 19, DHS announced it had implemented a method of tracking whether or not visitors leave the United States. Twenty years ago, Congress ordered the installation of an entry-exit tracking system, but the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations never took action, allowing millions of people to remain on temporary visas. Approximately 416,500 people overstayed their visas in 2015 alone.
- Fulfilling another campaign promise Trump, in June, pulled the U.S. out of the global Paris ‘Climate’ agreement, which, according to a study by NERA Consulting, could have cost the United States economy nearly $3 trillion. According to the same study, by 2040, 6.5 million industrial sector jobs could have been lost, including 3.1 million manufacturing sector jobs.
- Trump’s urging of NATO members to pay their fair share of financial support for the military alliance has resulted in an increasing of allied contributions of $10 billion, according to NATO’s secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg. This ia a direct saving to the bottom line of the US budget.
- ICE arrested an average of 13,085 people each month from February through June, a 43% increase on the last 3 months of the Obama presidency.
- Trump’s Department of Homeland Security canceled in June the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (Dapa), program created by the Obama administration in November 2014 that would have given amnesty to about 4 million of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the USA.
- In June, the Trump administration authorized the Defense Department to set troop levels in Afghanistan. The expanded authority given to the military could also be seen in U.S. operations in Somalia. This means that troop levels are not set by White House presidential announcements giving terrorist organisations the heads up.Incidentally, it is popular for the media and others to refer to the conflict in Afghanistan as America’s longest war. That is false. The US, never declared war on Afghanistan. It did invade Afghanistan to attack the terrorists responsible for the September 11th, 2001 attacks in the US. Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) which includes the operation in Afghanistan commenced on October 7, 2001.The operation commenced in conjunction with the Afghanistan Northern Alliance (officially known as the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan), to gain control of Kabul from the Taliban who had refused to hand over Osama Bin Laden. The Taliban were backed by Pakistan and al-Qaeda, the Northern Alliance by pretty much everyone else.
The US invaded Afghanistan providing support to Northern Alliance troops on the ground in a two-month war against the Taliban, which they won in December 2001. With the end of the Taliban, the Northern Alliance was dissolved as members and parties joined the new establishment of the Karzai administration, which was later democratically elected. The US and other NATO coalition troops have been in Afghanistan since fighting terrorism at the invitation of the Afghanistan Government. There is, and never has been a war between the US and the country of Afghanistan.
After 13 years, on December 28, 2014, President Barack Obama announced the end of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Continued operations in Afghanistan by the United States’ military forces, both non-combat and combat, now occur under the name Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
These operations have been or are covering Afghanistan, The Philippines, and a number of countries in Northern Africa and all at the invitation of their Governments, and other countries forces are involved too including Australian.
- Trump signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act in June to allow senior officials in the VA to fire failing employees and to establish safeguards to protect whistleblowers. The department reported it had fired more than 500 employees since January 2017 and suspended nearly 200 as part of the president’s efforts to restore integrity and accountability.A new White House VA Hotline to help veterans, fully staffed by veterans, went live in June.
- In May 2017 Trump strengthened traditional alliances with Israel and the Arab nations, which had deteriorated badly under President Obama.During a visit to Saudi Arabia in May, his first foreign trip as president, he announced the signing of a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, with another $350 billion of arms for the following 10 years. American and Saudi businesses signed similar agreements on the same day, with billions of dollars to be invested in the U.S. Trump also gave a major speech to leaders of 50 Islamic nations, challenging them to fight Islamic terror.
- Trump announced in May that he intended to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, to better reflect the modern economy as promised in his campaign.
- After the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against civilians, President Trump authorized strikes in May against the airbase that launched the chemical attacks, destroying 20 percent of Syria’s operational aircraft. Syria has not used chemical weapons since that strike.
- Keeping a major campaign promise, President Trump nominated to the highest court a strict constructionist and originalist in the mold of Antonin Scalia, Neil Gorsuch. He is expected to judge cases based on the original intentions of the constitution, which is supposed to be the role of the court in constitutional determinations, and not based on modern liberal values.Gorsuch believes that if the meaning of the constitution is to be changed, then that must be done by the elected legislature, not by unelected judges, which has been the case under Obama. Gorsuch is only in his 40’s and could be expected to serve as much as 40 years. He was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as an associate justice in April.
- The administration announced illegal border crossings had decreased by 40 percent in the first month of Trump’s presidency. By Trump’s 100th day in office, crossings had decreased by 73 percent, thanks to the president’s policies deterring people from attempting to enter the country.
- Keeping another campaign promise, and in line with boosting the economy, jobs and energy independence, in April, Trump signed an executive order to extend offshore oil and gas drilling and reissue a leasing program to develop offshore resources. The order reversed Obama’s December ban on drilling in the Arctic and parts of the Atlantic Ocean.
- In April President Trump signed the “Buy American and Hire American” executive order prioritizing the interests of American businesses and workers. “Buy American” protects American industry from unfair competition by targeting the abusive use of waivers and exceptions to laws on the books. Trump’s “Hire American” effort calls for the reform of visa programs, ensuring that they no longer displace American workers, while fully enforcing laws governing the entry of foreign workers.
- In March and April, the DOJ announced plans to speed up the deportation of imprisoned illegal aliens, instructing U.S. attorneys to employ stricter guidelines in the prosecution of immigration crimes while seeking to hire 125 immigration judges in the next two years.
- Trump signed an executive order in April cutting funding for sanctuary cities, and despite encountering opposition from city officials, ICE agents have been enforcing U.S. immigration laws in those cities.
- In the first 100 days of the Trump administration, arrests and deportations of criminal aliens such as MS-13 members were up 38 percent compared with the last year of the Obama administration. ICE conducted a crackdown on the gangs that resulted in the arrests of nearly 1,400 people. The Trump administration also cooperated with Central American countries to combat MS-13 recruitment in the region. An estimated 6,000 MS-13 gang members were arrested during the president’s first five months.
- In April, Trump gave Defense Secretary James Mattis authority to set troop levels in Iraq and Syria for the fight against ISIS. And military commanders were granted authority to perform military actions without approval from Washington. As a direct result, this newly autonomous U.S. military made large advances against ISIS.
- Under the increased autonomy Trump gave the Defense Department, the U.S. dealt a heavy blow to ISIS in Afghanistan in April, dropping a GBU-43B – known as MOAB or the “Mother Of All bombs” – the largest non-nuclear bomb in existence, on a complex of ISIS tunnels. At least 94 ISIS fighters were killed, including four commanders, and tunnels and weapon stockpiles were destroyed.
- In April, Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds enabling veterans who live more than 40 miles from the closest eligible VA medical facility, experience wait times of more than 30 days to schedule an appointment, or meet other special criteria to be treated outside the VA system.
- In March, the Trump administration successfully forced the G-20 to remove its opposition to protectionism and temper its support for free trade. Any mention of climate change was eliminated from its joint statement.
- In March, Trump signed an executive order to perform an audit on every executive branch agency to reduce spending and waste and improve services.
- In February the administration reached a tentative deal with Lockheed Martin to purchase 90 F-35 jets at the lowest price in the program’s history. The first 90 planes were about $725 million below budget, with billions of dollars in additional savings expected. The deal saved at least one U.S. ally, Japan, $100 million.
- In February, the president announced he did not plan on filling numerous government positions he considered unnecessary. When did any President in recent history do this. It is even more courageous because the President knows that the Government public service is full of ‘deep state’ Democrats.
- Trump signed an executive order in January removing the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership proposals, was a compromise to American sovereignty and would take millions of jobs away from American workers.
- Reversing Obama administration policy, Trump pledged in January that Christian refugees suffering persecution in Muslim countries would be given priority over other refugees seeking to enter the United States. A logical move, because Christians suffer persecution in Muslim countries regardless of the presence of war and the US is a majority Christian country and its laws are derived from the Judeo-Christian culture. It therefore follows it is easier to settle and integrate a Christian than a Muslim in most cases.
- Fulfilling another campaign promise, Trump signed an executive order in January banning people from seven countries regarded by the Obama administration as havens for terrorism from entering the U.S. for 90 days and blocked all refugees for 120 days while the administration assessed its security process. After legal challenges, the administration issued a revised order in March, and in June the U.S. Supreme Court decided a version of the ban could go into effect until the court addresses its constitutionality in October.
- The DOJ resumed the criminal prosecution of first-time illegal border crossers after it had been stopped by the Obama administration.
- Trump signed an executive order in January to expedite environmental reviews of infrastructure projects, to jumpstart industry spending and investment.
- In January Trump set up task forces in every agency to remove “job killing regulations” and increase “economic opportunity.” The Trump administration is on track to finish the first phase of its regulatory reform program with $645 million in net annual regulatory savings, according to an analysis by the American Action Forum. By comparison, during President Obama’s years in office, more than 22,700 regulations were imposed on Americans at a cost to American consumers, businesses and workers of more than $120 billion each year. AAF called Trump’s order reducing regulation and controlling regulatory costs “one of the most significant developments in regulatory policy in decades,” noting it was the first time in U.S. history that the executive branch has established a regulatory budget.
- After years of decline, in January, Trump signed a memorandum to begin the expansion and rebuilding of the U.S. military.
- Trump signed an executive order Jan. 23 placing a hiring freeze on federal employees.
- From day one, President Trump, as promised during his election campaign, has donated his salary.
The future of MSM reporting on President Trump
Not every media report about Trump is negative. In a very good piece by Declan Mansfield in this month’s The Spectator, he writes,
So far, the Trump presidency has been a success. The positives outweigh the negatives. Trump has accomplished two things in his first year as president that are the equal of the most successful administrations. And both accomplishments are deeply moral at their core, which gives the lie to character being the primary virtue in politics.
He has created thousands of jobs for poor Americans. And he has saved thousands of lives in the Middle East by destroying the barbaric regime of the Islamic State. If he does nothing else except call CNN fake news, then his presidency will be a success.
Talk is cheap. The rude, crude, earthy Trump is more moral than the metropolitan cool of generation quinoa any day.
It is easy to be offended by some of Trump’s less eloquent tweets and off-the-cuff remarks, or even about his history with women. But that should not influence an objective media in reporting the achievements of the Trump Administration. It isn’t, it is simply giving the left leaning MSM an excuse to ignore his achievements simply because they don’t support his politics. That is bad news for the MSM, it is bad for the US and it is bad for the world.
The question is, how long will the MSM be able to get away with ignoring Trump’s long list of achievements?
Note: The list of achievements was compiled with the assistance of the Thanks Trump Campaign website which lists 175 achievements in 363 days.