Below is an overview from Trump’s first 200 days. I assembled not only my own commentary but also excerpt from other conservative outlets.
President Donald Trump has been in office for 200 days, and in that time he’s made some headway on his campaign promises, but the administration still has a lot on its plate, especially when it comes to some of the biggest campaign pledges.
Trump got a good start on rolling back Obama-era regulations and pushing policies to boost U.S. energy production, but the administration has been unable to get a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act through Congress.
The president made good on his promise to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but he hasn’t started laying the groundwork for tax reform, nor has he made much progress on the 2018 budget.
Here’s a list of Trump’s major accomplishments in his first 200 days, along with major goals he has yet to meet:
- Pulling out of the Paris agreement
Trump announced his withdrawal from the climate accord in June, and the Department of State formally notified the United Nations that the U.S. will leave the deal in November 2019.
- Repealing regulations
The administration has rescinded or delayed 860 regulations, meaning that 16 regulations have been repealed for every new one put in place, including most of former President Barack Obama’s “Climate Action Plan.”
Along with repealing regulations, the Trump administration has taken steps to open up federal lands and waters to energy development. Most recently, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued an order to address the huge backlog of oil and natural gas drilling applications.
- Massive gains against ISIS
After months of heavy fighting, Iraqi coalition forces finally pushed Islamic State militants out of Mosul in early July. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson toldreporters Monday that the U.S. is also supporting efforts to rid the Philippines of ISIS cells.
- VA reform
Trump signed legislation in June to make it easier to fire and punish Veterans Affairs employees, including those who are convicted of felonies.
- Illegal immigration
Illegal border crossings fell in May fell 64 percent from 2016 and arrests at the border were down 53 percent from the year before, according to government data.
The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch as the newest U.S. Supreme Court justice in April.
Still To Go
- Repeal Obamacare
Republican leadership has twice failed to push legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “Repeal and replace” was one of Trump’s main promises on the campaign trail.
- Tax reform
Nowhere in sight.
The White House is supporting legislation to cut the number of green cards and favor more skilled immigrants, but it hasn’t gone through the political sausage-making machine.
Trump recently released his goals for renegotiating the landmark trade deal, but that process hasn’t begun. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. businesses dissuaded Trump from attacking NAFTA earlier this year.
- Thousands of positions to fill
Trump has to fill 4,000 positions, and about 1,200 of those need Senate approval. So far, Trump has appointed only 277 people to fill these positions, 124 of which have been confirmed.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld parts of Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, meaning it’s only partly in effect. There are still legal challenges to the order winding its way through court.
- The wall
The administration has started the process of building the U.S.-Mexico border wall, but Congress hasn’t approved funding needed to complete the project.
Jobs. Trump enjoyed better-than-expected jobs reports from April through July, at the same time that the stock market set new record highs. Though he did not make much progress toward a major infrastructure program, he secured new foreign investment in Rust Belt states and continued to roll back regulations, raising prospects for rapid economic growth. The prospect of tax reform — albeit delayed — also contributed to buoyant expectations.
Budget. Congress made little progress on budget reform, as Republicans continued to cave to Democrat threats and objections. The White House claimed it had won concessions from Democrats on defense spending, but the overall budget remained bloated, thanks in part to Republican fears of being punished by the media for any failure to reach a deal. Trump called for a “good ‘shutdown’” in September, when the next federal budget agreement would be due.
Health Care. The U.S. House passed the American Health Care Act to repeal and replace Obamacare. But the GOP-controlled Senate would not pass similar legislation, nor would it offer a straightforward repeal of Obamacare, or even part of Obamacare, thanks to the defection of three GOP moderates, including John McCain (R-AZ). Trump continued to press the GOP to honor its promises to the American electorate, though the prospects are dim for now.
Paris Climate Accords Pullout. In perhaps the boldest move of his young presidency, Trump withdrew the U.S. from the global climate agreement that had been a centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, second only to the Iran nuclear deal. Conservatives cheered Trump’s decision, which was made over objections from inside the administration itself. Democrat-controlled cities and states pledged a symbolic commitment to the Paris deal.
Overseas Trips. Trump made several overseas trips, two of particular importance: the first to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican; and the second to Poland, followed by the G-20 summit in Germany. Each trip included a major speech. In Riyadh, Trump demanded the Islamic world do more to stop terrorism; in Warsaw, he mounted a stirring defense of western civilization. He also visited the Western Wall, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to do so.
Melania Trump. The First Lady fulfilled her pledge to move to Washington following the end of the school year for Trump’s youngest son, Barron. She made a splash as she accompanied the president on his overseas trips, with stylish yet culturally relevant outfits in the Middle East, and elegant yet modest attire at the Vatican. She also began to carry out diplomatic duties on these visits, visiting hospitals and other charitable projects, as she fit into the role.
North Korea. Kim Jong-un continued to ratchet up his provocations, eventually testing several inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) theoretical capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. Trump’s previous diplomatic efforts to urge China to take action against its rogue client state seemed to have gone nowhere, until the UN Security Council passed unanimous new sanctions against the North Korean regime, denting one-third of the country’s exports.
Terror. As Trump continued to accelerate the campaign against the so-called Islamic State in the Middle East, there were several terror attacks in Europe linked to the group. At home, domestic terror struck at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on June 14, as a left-wing gunman wounded five, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), before being shot by Capitol police on the scene and Alexandria officers who arrived later.
Immigration. Enforcement brought illegal border crossings down by roughly two-thirds from the year before. The Supreme Court lifted an injunction against Trump’s executive order restricting travel from six terror-prone countries — a major victory. The House passed “Kate’s Law” to crack down on criminal illegal aliens, and the administration threatened “sanctuary cities” with cuts to federal law enforcement grants. But the border “wall” was still delayed.
Comey and Russia. Trump’s sudden decision to fire FBI director James Comey triggered a serious escalation of the Russia probe, including the appointment of a Special Counsel, Robert Mueller. No evidence of collusion surfaced, but Donald Trump, Jr. was found to have met with a Russian lawyer who he hoped would have opposition research on Hillary Clinton. Mueller’s investigation began to expand beyond the election to the Trump business empire.
Voter Fraud. Trump launched his voter fraud commission, officially the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Many states refused to cooperate with its requests for data to investigate the accuracy of voter rolls. The left continued to attack the commission as a political attempt at voter suppression, but Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of the commission, vowed to press ahead with his investigations.
Transgender Ban. Trump announced on Twitter on July 26: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” The decision was cheered by social conservatives, and jeered by the LGBT community, amidst some opposition within the military, and confusion about how to implement the order.
Staff Shakeup. Feuds within the White House continued among rival factions, amidst a torrent of media leaks. Trump openly criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Twitter. He brought businessman Anthony Scaramucci on as communications director, prompting Press Secretary Sean Spicer to resign. Ten days later, “The Mooch” was out. So, too, was Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who was replaced by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.
Meme Wars. Hollywood’s assault on Trump continued, with the L.A. gay pride parade officially devoted to the “Resistance.” Comedian Kathy Griffin went too far even for some on the left when she posed for photos holding aloft a decapitated Trump head. Trump shocked the media by re-tweeting an edited World Wrestling Entertainment video that featured the CNN logo on the head of WWE CEO Vince McMahon as Trump beat him to the ground.
Special Elections. Trump continued to shut Democrats out in special elections, which the media expected them to win on a supposed wave of anti-Trump sentiment. In Montana, Republican Greg Gianforte won even after being arrested for assaulting a Guardian reporter, and in Georgia, Karen Handel won the most expensive congressional race in history after her Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, had looked like a heavy favorite just days before.
The Palmieri Report Personal Commentary:
Although the mainstream media won’t tell you this it is clear that Trump has had a very successful first 200 days in office. Everything he himself can control has turned out to be a major victory. The same can’t be said for when he needs help from the GOP. Healthcare, our budget and of course the Russia investigation all are things Trump needs help from the GOP on. All three of those things have been a major failure. I’ll break down each of these things one by one.
Healthcare has been a debacle since the beginning. Even though every conservative in the GOP campaigned on the promise that they would repeal and replace Obamacare. Yet when Trump gave them the opportunity to never Trumpers in the GOP voted it down. Now, the reason for this is simple. The corrupt deep state realizes Healthcare is a necessity for voters and Trump’s agenda. Trump can’t simply move on from healthcare because if he does it compromises everything else in his agenda. Hopefully, Trump uses his powers as President to expedite the demise of Obamacare.
We took an in-depth look at the Federal Budget that was agreed upon in May. This federal budget was only agreed upon because conservatives in the GOP were scared of the media backlash that would follow from a government shutdown.
Excerpt from our article on the budget:
Let’s look at some of the bad parts of the budget:
The Wall received no funding(article on why we need the Wall)
EPA- Even though the EPA’s actions under the Obama administration are highly questionable the EPA will still retain 99% of its budget.
Immigration policy funding: Trump lost the battle to get 10,000 more agents in his deportation force as well as beds to house offenders. He only was able to grab 100 new agents and temporary places for these people to stay.
Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood will continue to be federally funded. About 40% of Planned Parenthood’s overall budget is federally funded. (Video of Planned Parenthood executive joking about the selling of body parts)
As you can see by the partial budget I laid out above The Democrats won big in every major place they needed the Republicans to lose. Every major campaign promise will be hindered by this budget.
The Wall’s funding will be pushed back, Planned Parenthood and Sanctuary cities will continue to be funded and our border agents will remain overworked. The Republicans control the majority in the house, senate and have the sitting President their inability to properly put together this budget shows the weak leadership of Paul Ryan. Next time budget season comes around Republicans better be prepared to fight for the promises that got them elected or they may find themselves out of a job.
Article on the budget: The new Federal budget hands the Republicans a loss in every place they needed a win
Don’t let the Democrats lie to you if their candidate was being investigated for collusion they would be stonewalling the investigation left and right. Republicans have done little to support President Trump in an investigation that has turned up zero evidence of Russia-Trump collusion. They should be all over media outlets supporting a President that did nothing wrong. They should already have special prosecutors for Hillary and the Ukrainian Government collusion, who was behind the Fake Russia-Trump dossier, unmasking and of course finding out the truth about what actually happened to the DNC server. They also should be doing more to stop the witchhunt Robert Muller is leading right now. He has convened a Grand Jury and that Grand Jury is beginning to look into things that have nothing to do with Russia’s impact on the 2016 election. The GOP has done none of this. Instead, they have caved to every demand from the Democratic party and that has done nothing but hurt the American people.
Donald Trump has had a very successful first 200 days. He has done everything in his power to stand up for the American people and the agenda he campaigned on.