Trump’s List: 289 Accomplishments In Just 20 Months, ‘Relentless’ Promise-Keeping

By Paul Bedard

The Trump administration’s often overlooked list of achievements has surpassed those of former President Reagan at this time and more than doubled since the last tally of accomplishments after his first year in office, giving President Trump a solid platform to run for reelection on.

As Trump nears the two-year mark of his historic election and conducts political rallies around the country during which he talks up his wins in hopes it will energize Republican voters, the administration has counted up 289 accomplishments in 18 categories, capped by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

They include 173 major wins like adding more than 4 million jobs and another 116 smaller victories, some with outsized importance such as the 83 percent one-year increase in arrests of MS-13 gang members.

“Trump’s successes in reducing the cost of taxes and regulations, rebuilding our military, avoiding wars of choice and changing the courts rival those of all previous Republican presidents,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

“Trump has an advantage over Ronald Reagan: he has a Reagan Republican House and Senate while Reagan had a [Democratic Speaker] Tip O’Neill House and a pre-Reagan Republican Senate. Reagan and [former GOP Speaker] Newt Gingrich were the ice breakers that allowed Trump’s victories to grow in number and significance,” he added.

Unlike the Year One list which included many proposals and orders still to be acted on, the new collection includes dozens of actions already in place, signed legislation and enforced executive orders.

For example, while the Year One list bragged about the administration’s efforts to rewrite the much-maligned NAFTA trade deal with Canada and Mexico, the Year Two list said, “Negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.”

And shockingly the NAFTA achievement is presented as a sidebar to the larger achievement that reads, “President Trump is negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States.” Under that umbrella are eight trade deals cut with Japan, South Korea, Europe and China.

“President Trump is a truly unique leader in American history. He’s a kid from Queens who became an international business leader and made billions by getting things when no one said he could,” said Trump’s 2016 campaign pollster John McLaughlin.

“They told him he couldn’t be president and beat the establishment and he did. For two years the establishment is telling him he can’t do things in Washington and he’s succeeding in spite of them. He never retreats. He doesn’t back up. He’s relentless. He just wins,” he added.

Comparing the two years shows that the latest has an expanded group of economic achievements while the pro-life category was folded into the health care section.


Along the way, there have been some disappointments such as failing to replace Obamacare, fund a big infrastructure plan and build the border wall.

But the White House believes that despite a lack of media coverage of his accomplishments, supporters know about them and will head to the voting polls to help the GOP maintain control of the House and keep the president on what CNN dubbed a “winning streak.”

In the Washington Post Friday, former Bush speechwriter and columnist Marc Thiessen agreed, and said that Trump has proven to be successful at keeping his campaign promises. He wrote, “The fact is, in his first two years, Trump has compiled a remarkable record of presidential promise-keeping.”


Economic Growth


--African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018. --Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent.
--Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2 percent.

--Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953.

--July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966.

--July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001.

--68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year.

--Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent.

--Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades.

American Income

--Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade.

American Optimism

--NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35 year-old record in August. --SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high.

--95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever.

American Business

--Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018.

--Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year.

Tax Cuts

--Provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families. --Increased the exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms & Small Business.
--Nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families.
--Enabled vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the standard deduction.
--Doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family.
--Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to compete and win.
--Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.
--Cut dozens of special interest tax breaks and closed loopholes for the wealthy.

Worker Development

Domestic Infrastructure

Health Care

Combating Opioids

Law and order

--Nominated and confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Border Security and Immigration

--ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year. --Justice worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members.
--Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017.

--ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin. --ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl.
--ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017.
--Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out the United States.
--Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids.
--DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
--DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.

--These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing.

--ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017 alone.

--Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses. --More than 48,000 with assault offenses.
--More than 11,000 with weapons offenses.
--More than 5,000 with sexual assault offenses.
--More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses.
--Over 1,800 with homicide offenses.


--Agreed to work with the European Union towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsides. --Deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe.
--Litigated multiple WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and upholding our right to enact fair trade laws.
--Finalized a revised trade agreement with South Korea, which includes provisions to increase American automobile exports.
--Negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.
--Agreement to begin trade negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement.
--Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam.
--Established a Trade and Investment Working Group with the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for post-Brexit trade.

--25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China and later imposed an additional 10% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods. --Conducted an investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing practices, and intellectual property theft.
--Imposed safeguard tariffs to protect domestic washing machines and solar products manufacturers hurt by China’s trade policies.

--Recent deal with Mexico included new improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly. --Recent agreement with the E.U. will reduce barriers and increase trade of American soybeans to Europe.
--Won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair restriction of U.S. agricultural exports.
--Defended American Tuna fisherman and packagers before the WTO
--Opened up Argentina to American pork experts for the first time in a quarter-century
--American beef exports have returned to china for the first time in more than a decade.


--Held a lease sale for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018.

Foreign Policy

--Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force. --Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and international companies have pulled out of the country.
--All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018.

--The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous progress. --North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.
--Negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War.

--Rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program. --Directed strikes in April 2017 against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.
--Joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use.

--Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the military.

--ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump. --ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, was liberated in October 2017.
--All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS.

--Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, WA. --Banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian intelligence.
--Imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.
--Sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities.
--Sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine.
--Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself.


--In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies. --Every member state has increased defense spending.
--Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by 2024.
--NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016.

Veterans affairs

--Delivered more appeals decisions – 81,000 – to veterans in a single year than ever before.

--Consolidated and strengthened VA community care programs. --Funding for the Veterans Choice program.
--Expanded eligibility for the Family Caregivers Program.
--Gave veterans more access to walk-in care.
--Strengthened the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals.
--Enabled the VA to modernize its assets and infrastructure.

--Lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits.

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