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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Trump's 81 Major Accomplishments

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

According to the Washington Examiner:
Below are the 12 categories and 81 wins cited by the White House.

Jobs and the economy
● Passage of the tax reform bill providing $5.5 billion in cuts and repealing the Obamacare mandate.
● Increase of the GDP above 3 percent.
● Creation of 1.7 million new jobs, cutting unemployment to 4.1 percent.
● Saw the Dow Jones reach record highs.
● A rebound in economic confidence to a 17-year high.
● A new executive order to boost apprenticeships.
● A move to boost computer sciences in Education Department programs.
● Prioritizing women-owned businesses for some $500 million in SBA loans.

Killing job-stifling regulations

● Signed an Executive Order demanding that two regulations be killed for every new one creates. He beat that big and cut 16 rules and regulations for every one created, saving $8.1 billion.
● Signed 15 congressional regulatory cuts.
● Withdrew from the Obama-era Paris Climate Agreement, ending the threat of environmental regulations.
● Signed an Executive Order cutting the time for infrastructure permit approvals.
● Eliminated an Obama rule on streams that Trump felt unfairly targeted the coal industry.

Fair trade
● Made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
● Opened up the North American Free Trade Agreement for talks to better the deal for the U.S.
● Worked to bring companies back to the U.S., and companies like Toyota, Mazda, Broadcom Limited, and Foxconn announced plans to open U.S. plants.
● Worked to promote the sale of U.S products abroad.
● Made enforcement of U.S. trade laws, especially those that involve national security, a priority.
● Ended Obama’s deal with Cuba.

Boosting U.S. energy dominance
● The Department of Interior, which has led the way in cutting regulations, opened plans to lease 77 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling.
● Trump traveled the world to promote the sale and use of U.S. energy.
● Expanded energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline snubbed by Obama.
● Ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to kill Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
● EPA is reconsidering Obama rules on methane emissions.

Protecting the U.S. homeland
● Laid out new principles for reforming immigration and announced plan to end "chain migration," which lets one legal immigrant to bring in dozens of family members.
● Made progress to build the border wall with Mexico.
● Ended the Obama-era “catch and release” of illegal immigrants.
● Boosted the arrests of illegals inside the U.S.
● Doubled the number of counties participating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement charged with deporting illegals.
● Removed 36 percent more criminal gang members than in fiscal 2016.
● Started the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.
● Ditto for other amnesty programs like Deferred Action for Parents of Americans.
● Cracking down on some 300 sanctuary cities that defy ICE but still get federal dollars.
● Added some 100 new immigration judges.

Protecting communities
● Justice announced grants of $98 million to fund 802 new cops.
● Justice worked with Central American nations to arrest and charge 4,000 MS-13 members.
● Homeland rounded up nearly 800 MS-13 members, an 83 percent one-year increase.
● Signed three executive orders aimed at cracking down on international criminal organizations.
● Attorney General Jeff Sessions created new National Public Safety Partnership, a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crimes.

Accountability
● Trump has nominated 73 federal judges and won his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
● Ordered ethical standards including a lobbying ban.
● Called for a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch.
● Ordered an overhaul to modernize the digital government.
● Called for a full audit of the Pentagon and its spending.

Combatting opioids
● First, the president declared a Nationwide Public Health Emergency on opioids.
● His Council of Economic Advisors played a role in determining that overdoses are underreported by as much as 24 percent.
● The Department of Health and Human Services laid out a new five-point strategy to fight the crisis.
● Justice announced it was scheduling fentanyl substances as a drug class under the Controlled Substances Act.
● Justice started a fraud crackdown, arresting more than 400.
● The administration added $500 million to fight the crisis.
● On National Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Agency collected 456 tons.

Protecting life
● In his first week, Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy that blocks some $9 billion in foreign aid being used for abortions.
● Worked with Congress on a bill overturning an Obama regulation that blocked states from defunding abortion providers.
● Published guidance to block Obamacare money from supporting abortion.

Helping veterans
● Signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire failing employees and establish safeguards to protect whistleblowers.
● Signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act.
● Signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, to provide support.
● Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
● Created a VA hotline.
● Had the VA launch an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with a way to access wait time and quality of care data.
● With VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, announced three initiatives to expand access to healthcare for veterans using telehealth technology.

Promoting peace through strength
● Directed the rebuilding of the military and ordered a new national strategy and nuclear posture review.
● Worked to increase defense spending.
● Empowered military leaders to “seize the initiative and win,” reducing the need for a White House sign off on every mission.
● Directed the revival of the National Space Council to develop space war strategies.
● Elevated U.S. Cyber Command into a major warfighting command.
● Withdrew from the U.N. Global Compact on Migration, which Trump saw as a threat to borders.
● Imposed a travel ban on nations that lack border and anti-terrorism security.
● Saw ISIS lose virtually all of its territory.
● Pushed for strong action against global outlaw North Korea and its development of nuclear weapons.
● Announced a new Afghanistan strategy that strengthens support for U.S. forces at war with terrorism.
● NATO increased support for the war in Afghanistan.
● Approved a new Iran strategy plan focused on neutralizing the country’s influence in the region.
● Ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airbase used in a chemical weapons attack.
● Prevented subsequent chemical attacks by announcing a plan to detect them better and warned of future strikes if they were used.
● Ordered new sanctions on the dictatorship in Venezuela.

Restoring confidence in and respect for America
● Trump won the release of Americans held abroad, often using his personal relationships with world leaders.
● Made good on a campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
● Conducted a historic 12-day trip through Asia, winning new cooperative deals. On the trip, he attended three regional summits to promote American interests.
● He traveled to the Middle East and Europe to build new relationships with leaders.
● Traveled to Poland and on to Germany for the G-20 meeting where he pushed again for funding of women entrepreneurs.
-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

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