Reading through the comments sections on my social media accounts one of the oft repeated claims that Trump supporters cite is that they love all of the things that he has accomplished. Even though I ravenously consume news everyday, I am at a loss to come up with Trump actions that have done anything to ‘make America great again’. So I have set out to discover what exactly Trump has done. I have omitted actions before 20 Jan 2016 except for noting the nomination of VP Pence.
In Part 2 I will be attempting to analyze the effects of the actions listed in the timeline.
15 Jul (2016) Began submitting Cabinet nominations (starting with VP Pence).
20 Jan Gave inaugural address.
20 Jan Attended inaugural balls.
20 Jan Suspended a scheduled insurance rate cut for new homeowners.
20 Jan Signaled his intent to run for President in 2020.
20 Jan Signed Executive Order 13765 (a) – Ordered executive branch to begin prepping to repeal the ACA (mostly symbolic) authorizing all federal agencies to defer or delay any part of the Affordable Care Act that costs anybody any money. “While that sounds sweeping, it didn’t grant agencies any new power that they didn’t have before, nor did it remove any legal requirement written in the law itself. (1)”
20 Jan Signed Presidential Memorandum 1 Regulatory Freeze Pending Review for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies. Ordered a freeze on federal hiring (other then military, public safety and public health)
20 Jan Signed waiver to allow retired general James Mattis to become Secretary of Defense.
20 Jan Proclaimed National Day of Patriotic Devotion.
21 Jan Visited the CIA and gave a speech. During this speech Trump lied about how the media made up his feud with the agency. In fact, he started it by comparing the intelligence community to “Nazi Germany.” Trump also repeated the lie that he “didn’t want to go into Iraq.” He told Howard Stern in 2002 that he supported the Iraq War. (2) He lied about having the “all-time record in the history of Time Magazine. … I’ve been on it for 15 times this year.” Truth – he has been featured on the magazine a total of 11 times.
21 Jan Regarding Inauguration Day: he lied about how it stopped raining “immediately” when he began his speech. A light rain continued to fall throughout the address.
21 Jan Lied about the crowd for his swearing-in, saying that it stretched down the National Mall to the Washington Monument and totaled more than 1 million people.
22 Jan Trump lied that his inauguration drew 11 million more viewers than Barack Obama’s in 2013. It didn’t, and viewership for Obama’s first inauguration, in 2009, was even higher.
23 Jan Spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
23 Jan Kept FBI Director James Comey, who both he and Hillary Clinton criticized over his handling of her private email server, on the job. (3)
23 Jan Named Ajit Pai to lead the FCC (he is a critic of net neutrality) (4)
23 Jan Lied to CBN News saying that 84 percent Cuban-Americans voted for him. According to the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of Cuban-Americans in Florida voted for him.
24 Jan Signed Executive Order 13766 (b) – Telling the Executive Branch to “streamline and expedite” infrastructure projects. This order is essentially addressed to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Trump has not appointed anyone to head the CEQ (5).
24 Jan Met with congressional leaders, and lied by repeating a debunked claim that he only lost the national popular vote because of widespread voter fraud.
24 Jan In remarks with business leaders at the White House, Trump lied – “I’m a very big person when it comes to the environment. I have received awards on the environment.” There is no evidence that Trump has received such awards.
25 Jan Signed Executive Order 13767 (c) – Approved construction on a border wall between the US and Mexico, and ends the policy known as “catch and release” (where some immigrants are released while awaiting an immigration hearing).
25 Jan Signed Executive Order 13768 (d) – Ended federal funding to sanctuary cities and states (these cities opt out of reporting undocumented immigrants)
25 Jan Signed Presidential Memorandum 2 Regarding the Hiring Freeze
25 Jan Signed Presidential Memorandum 3 Barring international non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions from receiving US government funding. Reinstating the so-called Mexico City policy, which bars federal money from going to foreign nonprofits which promote or perform abortions.
25 Jan Signed Presidential Memorandum 4 Regarding Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement.
25 Jan Announced that he was conducting an investigation into voter fraud. (There was no voter fraud)
25 Jan In remarks he gave at the Homeland Security Department, Trump lied about Immigration and Customs Enforcement and border patrol agents unanimously endorsing him president. (6)
25 Jan In signing an executive memo ordering the construction of the Keystone pipeline, Trump lied about the project creating 28,000 construction jobs. According to The Washington Post Fact Checker, the pipeline would create an estimated 16,000 jobs, most of which are not construction jobs.
25 Jan In an interview with ABC, Trump again lied about having “…the biggest audience in the history of inaugural speeches.” (7) During this same interview Trump lied that the applause he received at CIA headquarters “was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl.” It wasn’t even a standing ovation. Trump also lied about the ACA – he attacked the Affordable Care Act and said there are “millions of people that now aren’t insured anymore.” Twenty million people have gained health coverage because of the law so far. The estimated 2 million people who did not qualify under the law received waivers that kept the plans going until the end of 2017.
26 Jan Ordered all advertising that would tell people about signing up for Obamacare before the enrollment limit runs out.
26 Jan Trump visited Philadelphia to address Congressional Republican leaders. At the GOP retreat Trump lied about how he and the president of Mexico “agreed” to cancel their scheduled meeting. Enrique Peña Nieto said he had decided to cancel it. At this same retreat Trump lied about the national homicide rate saying it was “horribly increasing.” It is down significantly.
27 Jan Gave speech for Holocaust Remembrance Day where he omitted “Jews” or “Jewish”.
27 Jan Signed Executive Order 13769 (e) Banning Muslims from entering the country.
27 Jan On Twitter repeated his lie that 3 million votes were illegal during the election.
27 Jan Trump lied about predicting the so-called “Brexit” when he was in Scotland the day before the vote. He was actually there the day after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.
27 Jan Lied about The New York Times losing subscribers “because their readers even like me.” The Times experienced a sharp uptick in subscribers after Election Day.
27 Jan Trump lied about two people being fatally shot in Chicago during Obama’s last speech as president. That didn’t happen.
27 Jan Trump lied that under previous administrations, “if you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible.” In fact, almost as many Christian refugees were admitted to the U.S. as Muslim refugees in fiscal year 2016.
28 Jan Reorganized the National Security Council, adding his chief strategist, Steve Bannon.
28 Jan Signed Executive Order 13770 (f) – Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees
28 Jan Spoke with various foreign leaders, namely Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and French President François Hollande.
28 Jan Berated the Australian Prime Minister Turnbull during a phone call.
29 Jan Ordered Seal Team raid into Yemen
29 Jan Spoke with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn.
30 Jan Signed Presidential Memorandum 5 Regarding Construction of American Pipelines
30 Jan Signed Presidential Memorandum 6 Regarding Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline
30 Jan Signed Presidential Memorandum 7 Regarding Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline
30 Jan Signed Presidential Memorandum 8 Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing
30 Jan Signed Executive Order 13771 (g) – Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs
30 Jan Relieved acting Attorney General Sally Yates of her duties and instates Dana Boente as acting Attorney General
30 Jan Announced he will continue to enforce a 2014 executive order signed by former President Obama that established legal protections for LGBT workers.
30 Jan Trump defended the swiftness of his immigration order by lying about how terrorists would have rushed into the country if he had given the world a week’s notice. Even if terrorists wanted to infiltrate the refugee program or the visa program, they would have had to wait months or even years while being vetted to get into the country.
30 Jan Trump lied about how his immigration order was “similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.” Obama’s policy slowed resettlement of refugees from Iraq, but did not keep them from entering the country. Moreover, it flagged the seven countries included in Trump’s order as places the U.S. considered dangerous to visit.
30 Jan Trump tweeted the lie that “only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning.” about the travel ban.
31 Jan Nominated federal appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch.
31 Jan Trump met with CEOs of pharmaceutical firms
31 Jan Trump lied about cutting $600 million from the F-35 program. But Lockheed Martin already had planned for the cost reductions for the next generation fighter plane.
31 Jan Trump accused China of manipulating its currency and lied about it hurting the US “by playing the money market. They play the devaluation market, and we sit there like a bunch of dummies.” According to The Washington Post, the United States is no longer being hurt by China’s currency manipulation, and China is no longer devaluing its currency.
31 Jan Trump lied about Delta, protesters and the tears of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) being to blame for the problems over his travel ban. In fact, his administration was widely considered to blame for problems associated with its rollout.
1 Feb Trump visited Dover Air Force Base for the arrival of the remains of U.S. military soldier who was killed in combat and was the first known combat death under the Trump administration
1 Feb Signed Presidential Memorandum 9 Rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces
1 Feb Trump lied about the Obama administration agreeing to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. The deal actually involved 1,250 refugees.
2 Feb Signed Presidential Memorandum 10 Plan to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
2 Feb Signed Presidential Memorandum 11 Organization of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council
2 Feb Spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast
2 Feb Met with King Abdullah II of Jordan
2 Feb Trump lied when he said the U.S. was giving Iran $150 billion for “nothing” under the Iranian nuclear deal. The money was already Iran’s to begin with, and the deal blocks Iran from building a nuclear bomb.
3 Feb Ordered the Labor Department to review a rule from former President Barack Obama requiring financial managers to act in their clients’ best interests when handling retirement accounts. (8)
3 Feb Tightened sanctions on Iran.
3 Feb Signed Executive Order 13772 (h) – Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System.
4 Feb Played golf (9,10) at Mar-a-lago.
4 Feb Spoke with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
5 Feb Played golf (9,10) at Mar-a-lago.
5 Feb Trump lied about people “pouring in” after his immigration order was temporarily suspended. Travelers and refugees cannot simply rush into the U.S. without extensive and lengthy vetting.
5 Feb Spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Prime Minister Bill English of New Zealand.
6 Feb Trump spoke at MacDill Air Force Base where he met with military commanders, receive briefings, and make remarks.
6 Feb Attended the Super Bowl.
6 Feb During an interview with Fox News, Trump repeated his lie about widespread voter fraud during the presidential election. “There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Republican and Democratic state officials have said so, as have Trump’s own campaign attorneys.” (11) During this same interview Trump repeated his lie that he has “been against the war in Iraq from the beginning.”
6 Feb Trump lied about media coverage of attacks in Boston, Paris, Orlando, Florida, and Nice, France, as examples of terrorism the media has not covered adequately. Those attacks garnered wall-to-wall television coverage, as well as thousands of news articles in print and online.
6 Feb Trump lied about The New York Times being “forced to apologize to its subscribers for the poor reporting it did on my election win.” The paper has not issued such an apology.
6 Feb Trump lied about sanctuary cities “breeding crime.” FBI data indicates that crime in sanctuary cities is generally lower than in non-sanctuary cities.
7 Feb Signed Presidential Memorandum 12 Fiduciary Duty Rule.
7 Feb Trump lied about the murder rate being the “highest it’s been in 47 years.” The murder rate rose 10.8 percent across the United States in 2015, but it’s far lower than it was 30 to 40 years ago.
7 Feb Spoke with Prime Minister Rajoy of Spain and President Erdogan of Turkey.
8 Feb Formally announced his full Cabinet, comprising 24 members. Removed the position of Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. Elevated the Director of National Intelligence and the Director of the CIA to cabinet-level positions.
9 Feb Ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to create a new federal task force to share information among agencies, develop strategies, identify deficiencies in current laws, evaluate criminal data and make recommendations for greater safety of U.S. citizens. (12)
9 Feb Trump lied when he accused Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) of misrepresenting “what Judge Neil Gorsuch told him” in response to the president’s attacks against the judiciary. Gorsuch called Trump’s tweets attacking federal judges “demoralizing.” A spokesman for Gorsuch confirmed the judge’s remarks. Furthermore, Trump has repeatedly lied about watching CNN, but the only way to have seen this all transpire was to watch CNN’s interview with Blumenthal.
9 Feb Trump lied when he took credit for Ford’s decision not to open an auto factory in Mexico and instead expand its Michigan plant. The company said Trump was not responsible for its decision.
9 Feb Signed Executive Order 13773 (i) – Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking
9 Feb Signed Executive Order 13774 (j) – Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers
9 Feb Signed Executive Order 13775 (k) – Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice.
9 Feb Signed Executive Order 13776 (l) – Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.
10 Feb Spoke with Xi Jinpin, Gen. Secretary of the Communist Party of China, commits to honoring the One China Policy.
11 Feb Played golf (9,10) at Mar-a-lago.
11 Feb Trump lied to a room full of politicians when he said that “thousands” of “illegal” voters had been driven into New Hampshire to cast ballots. There is no evidence of such a claim.
12 Feb Played golf (9,10) at Mar-a-lago.
12 Feb Trump lied about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) being“cut off” on CNN for “using the term fake news the describe the network.” The senator was joking and he was not cut off.
12 Feb Trump accused the media of refusing to report on “big crowds of enthusiastic supporters lining the road” in Florida. This is yet another lie. “There were a few supporters, but they were vastly outnumbered by hundreds of protesters.” (13)
13 Feb Asked National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to resign. (14)
13 Feb Met with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.
13 Feb Trump promised “to deal with the ‘big, big’ problem of North Korea ‘very strongly'”.
14 Feb Signed House Joint Resolution 41.
15 Feb Met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at White House.
15 Feb Washington Post reports Trump lied in January about his staff meeting with the Russians. (15).
16 Feb Signed House Joint Resolution 38.
16 Feb Held press conference during which he repeated the lie about “inheriting a mess” from Obama four times. (16) The stock market is experiencing record highs, the economy is stable and growing, and unemployment is low. Also, Trump disputed the idea that his administration is experiencing turmoil. Lying to reporters, saying that “it is working like a fine-tuned machine.” His poorly executed travel ban has been suspended by the courts, a Cabinet nominee was forced to withdraw his nomination, and Trump’s national security adviser resigned after less than four weeks on the job. Furthermore, he lied about his 306 Electoral College votes being the biggest electoral votes victory since Ronald Reagan. Obama got 332 votes in 2012.
16 Feb Trump lied when he said his first weeks in office “represented an unprecedented month of action.” In fact, as I am demonstrating in this essay, he has gotten little done except harm Americans and American interests around the world. Obama accomplished much more during his first weeks in office.
16 Feb Trump repeated his lie about Hillary Clinton giving 20 percent of American uranium to the Russians in a deal during her tenure as secretary of state. This is false.
16 Feb Trump lied when he said that WikiLeaks does not publicize “classified information.” It does, often anonymously.
16 Feb Trump lied about drugs being “cheaper than a candy bar.”
16 Feb Trump lied about having a “very smooth rollout of the travel ban.” The travel ban caused chaos in airports across the country. He also lied when he said the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is in “chaos” and “turmoil.”
17 Feb Trump visited a Boeing facility in North Charleston, South Carolina to attend the roll-out of the first 787-10 Dreamliner built at the facility.
18 Feb Played golf (9,10) at Mar-a-lago.
18 Feb Held re-election campaign in Florida, where he lied about there being a terrorist attack in Sweden. (17) During this same rally Trump repeated his lie that the United States has already let in thousands of people who “there was no way to vet.” Refugees undergo the most rigorous vetting process of any immigrants admitted to the United States, often waiting upwards of two years to be cleared for entry.
19 Feb Played golf (9,10) at Mar-a-lago.
20 Feb Appoints Lt General H. R. McMaster to National Security Advisor.
20 Feb Trump lied when he said the media is “trying to say large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!” Sweden’s crime rate has fallen in recent years, and experts there do not think its immigration policies are linked to crime.
21 Feb Visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
21 Feb Announced the creation of 15,000 new positions in immigration enforcement.
22 Feb Trump lied about “personally intervening to cut costs of two military aircraft — the F-35, the fighter jet built by Lockheed Martin Corp., and Boeing’s Air Force One.” (18).
23 Feb Trump held a meeting with the nation’s CEOs at the White House, during it he lied about his new economic adviser Gary Cohn “paying $200 million in tax” to take a job at the White House. Cohn didn’t have to pay taxes, he had to sell more than $200 million of Goldman Sachs stock. (19)
24 Feb Trump said that the “treaty limiting Russian and U.S. nuclear arsenals was a bad deal for Washington” and he “would put the U.S. nuclear arsenal “at the top of the pack.” (20).
24 Feb Gave speech at CPAC during which Trump lied about Obamacare covering“very few people.” Nearly 20 million people have gotten health insurance under the law.
24 Feb Trump lied when he said there were “six blocks” worth of people waiting to get into the Conservative Political Action Conference to see him. People filled only three overflow rooms. He continued lying when he said companies like Intel were making business investments in the United States because of his election. The company planned their new investments before the election.
24 Feb Signed Executive Order 13777 (m) – Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda
24 Feb Met with President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru.
Daniel Cashman, EAMP, MS (AOM), NCCAOM Dipl. Acupuncture
List of Executive Orders
- EO 13765 / 82 FR 8351 Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal
- EO 13766 / 82 FR 8657 Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects
- EO 13767 / 82 FR 8793 Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
- EO 13768 / 82 FR 8799 Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
- EO 13769 / 82 FR 8977 Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
- EO 13770 / 82 FR 9333 Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees
- EO 13771 / 82 FR 9339 Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs
- EO 13772 / 82 FR 9965 Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System
- EO 13773 / 82 FR 10691 Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking
- EO 13774 / 82 FR 10695 Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers
- EO 13775 / 82 FR 10697 Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice
- EO 13776 / 82 FR 10699 Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety
- EO 13777 / TBD Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda
List of Presidential Memorandums
- 20 Jan Regulatory Freeze Pending Review for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies
- 25 Jan Regarding the Hiring Freeze
- 25 Jan Barring international non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions from receiving US government funding
- 25 Jan Regarding Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement
- 30 Jan Regarding Construction of American Pipelines
- 30 Jan Regarding Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline
- 30 Jan Regarding Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline
- 30 Jan Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing
- 1 Feb Rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces
- 2 Feb Plan to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
- 2 Feb Organization of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council
- 7 Feb Fiduciary Duty Rule