Monday, March 12, 2018

Trump's 81 Wins Since Taking Office: So Far

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.
Ø  A new executive order to boost apprenticeships.
Ø  A move to boost computer sciences in Education Department programs.
Ø  Prioritizing women-owned businesses for some $500 million in SBA loans.
Ø  Killing job-stifling regulations
Ø  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.
Ø  Signed 15 congressional regulatory cuts.
Ø  Withdrew from the Obama-era Paris Climate Agreement, ending the threat of environmental regulations.
Ø  Signed an Executive Order cutting the time for infrastructure permit approvals.
Ø  Eliminated an Obama rule on streams that Trump felt unfairly targeted the coal industry.
Ø  Fair trade
Ø  Made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Ø  Opened up the North American Free Trade Agreement for talks to better the deal for the U.S.
Ø  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.
Ø  Worked to promote the sale of U.S products abroad.
Ø  Made enforcement of U.S. trade laws, especially those that involve national security, a priority.
Ø  Ended Obama’s deal with Cuba.
Ø  Boosting U.S. energy dominance
Ø  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.
Ø  Trump traveled the world to promote the sale and use of U.S. energy.
Ø  Expanded energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline snubbed by Obama.
Ø  Ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to kill Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
Ø  EPA is reconsidering Obama rules on methane emissions.
Ø  Protecting the U.S. homeland
Ø  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.
Ø  Made progress to build the border wall with Mexico.
Ø  Ended the Obama-era “catch and release” of illegal immigrants.
Ø  Boosted the arrests of illegals inside the U.S.
Ø  Doubled the number of counties participating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement charged with deporting illegals.
Ø  Removed 36 percent more criminal gang members than in fiscal 2016.
Ø  Started the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.
Ø  Ditto for other amnesty programs like Deferred Action for Parents of Americans.
Ø  Cracking down on some 300 sanctuary cities that defy ICE but still get federal dollars.
Ø  Added some 100 new immigration judges.
Ø  Protecting communities
Ø  Justice announced grants of $98 million to fund 802 new cops.
Ø  Justice worked with Central American nations to arrest and charge 4,000 MS-13 members.
Ø  Homeland rounded up nearly 800 MS-13 members, an 83 percent one-year increase.
Ø  Signed three executive orders aimed at cracking down on international criminal organizations.
Ø  Attorney General Jeff Sessions created new National Public Safety Partnership, a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crimes.
Ø  Accountability
Ø  Trump has nominated 73 federal judges and won his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Ø  Ordered ethical standards including a lobbying ban.
Ø  Called for a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch.
Ø  Ordered an overhaul to modernize the digital government.
Ø  Called for a full audit of the Pentagon and its spending.
Ø  Combatting opioids
Ø  First, the president declared a Nationwide Public Health Emergency on opioids.
Ø  His Council of Economic Advisors played a role in determining that overdoses are underreported by as much as 24 percent.
Ø  The Department of Health and Human Services laid out a new five-point strategy to fight the crisis.
Ø  Justice announced it was scheduling fentanyl substances as a drug class under the Controlled Substances Act.
Ø  Justice started a fraud crackdown, arresting more than 400.
Ø  The administration added $500 million to fight the crisis.
Ø  On National Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Agency collected 456 tons.
Ø  Protecting life
Ø  In his first week, Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy that blocks some $9 billion in foreign aid being used for abortions.
Ø  Worked with Congress on a bill overturning an Obama regulation that blocked states from defunding abortion providers.
Ø  Published guidance to block Obamacare money from supporting abortion.
Ø  Helping veterans
Ø  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.
Ø  Signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act.
Ø  Signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, to provide support.
Ø  Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
Ø  Created a VA hotline.
Ø  Had the VA launch an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with a way to access wait time and quality of care data.
Ø  With VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, announced three initiatives to expand access to healthcare for veterans using telehealth technology.
Ø  Promoting peace through strength
Ø  Directed the rebuilding of the military and ordered a new national strategy and nuclear posture review.
Ø  Worked to increase defense spending.
Ø  Empowered military leaders to “seize the initiative and win,” reducing the need for a White House sign off on every mission.
Ø  Directed the revival of the National Space Council to develop space war strategies.
Ø  Elevated U.S. Cyber Command into a major warfighting command.
Ø  Withdrew from the U.N. Global Compact on Migration, which Trump saw as a threat to borders.
Ø  Imposed a travel ban on nations that lack border and anti-terrorism security.
Ø  Saw ISIS lose virtually all of its territory.
Ø  Pushed for strong action against global outlaw North Korea and its development of nuclear weapons.
Ø  Announced a new Afghanistan strategy that strengthens support for U.S. forces at war with terrorism.
Ø  NATO increased support for the war in Afghanistan.
Ø  Approved a new Iran strategy plan focused on neutralizing the country’s influence in the region.
Ø  Ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airbase used in a chemical weapons attack.
Ø  Prevented subsequent chemical attacks by announcing a plan to detect them better and warned of future strikes if they were used.
Ø  Ordered new sanctions on the dictatorship in Venezuela.
Ø  Restoring confidence in and respect for America
Ø  Trump won the release of Americans held abroad, often using his personal relationships with world leaders.
Ø  Made good on a campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Ø  Conducted a historic 12-day trip through Asia, winning new cooperative deals. On the trip, he attended three regional summits to promote American interests.
Ø  He traveled to the Middle East and Europe to build new relationships with leaders.
Ø  Traveled to Poland and on to Germany for the G-20 meeting where he pushed again for funding of women entrepreneurs.
Source: Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at