President Trump made a lot of promises on the campaign trail and even more promises when he released his first 100 days plan. Yet, the results of Trump’s first 30 days alone, tell a much different story.
An analysis of Trump’s progress by ThinkProgress, however, found Trump and his team have been failing to keep nearly any of the campaign promises.
The news organization found that Trump has already failed on 64 of his 663 promises he swore to make in his first month in office. In fact, the ThinkProgress team only found seven promises he managed to keep.
During their speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steven Bannon spoke about the administration’s priorities and referred to the president as “maniacally focused” on carrying out the promises he made during the campaign.
“It was those rallies and those speeches, all he’s doing right now is, he’s laid out an agenda with those speeches for the promises he made,” Bannon said. “And our job every day is just to execute on that. It’s to simply get a path to how those get executed. And he’s maniacally focused on that, and I think that’s one of the powers of the transition where many, many people try to come in and try to convince President Trump, hey, you won on this but this is what you want to do. And he’s like, no, I promised the American people this, and this is the plan we’re going to execute on.”
Bannon added later that, “the mainstream media better understand something: all of those promises are going to be implemented.”
You just have to ignore all the ones he’s already failed on.
Some of the promises already broken by include saying he would not close borders by executive order but Trump has already issued numerous border-related orders. He promised and immediate repeal of Obamacare, and currently, the GOP congress is nowhere near a deal to overturn the highly popular healthcare bill. The president also promised more transparency from his White House, yet the secrets, hidden conflicts of interest, and private deals with Russia are anything but transparent.
Trump even promised to defend Muslims from profiling saying, “Don’t worry about profiling. I promise I will defend from you profiling. I promise.” Yet, his attempted Muslim travel ban says differently.
Don’t forget about vacations, which Trump said he would not have time to take. A Report by CNN found that Trump had already taken six golf trips and has spent almost every weekend of his month in office at his resort in Florida.
The populist president sold many American voters on this promises and his “first day” plans to “Make American Great Again,” yet out of 663 promises ThinkProgress found, only following through on seven is a massive failure.
Granted, the American people are better off when Trump fails. His racist, xenophobic agenda will be damaging to the country as a whole, so his failure is the country’s success.
It is clear, though, that the president who ran a campaign saying he can get things done, is totally inept to accomplish anything.
Here are the 34 promises Trump has broken since inauguration day, when he broke 30 promises that he swore to do on his very first day:
Trump promised to announce plans to renegotiate NAFTA on day one.
Trump promised not to close borders through executive orders.
Trump promised to replace Obamacare “immediately after we go in.”
Trump promised to immediately terminate Obama’s “two illegal executive amnesties.”
Trump promised to ask Congress to convene a special session to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Trump promised to create reform so that for every new regulation, two old regulations eliminated.
Trump promised to instruct Treasury Secretary to label China a currency manipulator and to apply tariffs.
Trump promised to protect “religious liberty.”
Trump promised to approve the Keystone pipeline and make a deal for 25 percent of profits in two minutes.
Trump promised to protect Muslims from profiling.
Trump promised a death penalty for cop killers by executive order.
Trump promised to tell the Dept. of Commerce to immediately review foreign trade practices that hurt the American worker.
Trump promised to make policy decisions transparent.
Trump promised to rarely leave the White House and not take vacation.
Trump promised to have great negotiators for diplomats, not nice people who gave political contributions.
Trump promised to apologize if wrong.
Trump promised that his kids won’t do business deals during his term(s) in office.
Trump promised not to make crazy comments as president.
Trump promised to set up a “private trust,” where he doesn’t know anything about his business.
Trump promised not to settle the Trump University lawsuit.
Trump promised to restart Trump University.
Trump promised to be “so presidential you won’t even recognize me.”
Trump promised not to tweet anymore because it’s “not presidential.”
Trump promised to cut ties to his companies.
Trump promised not to redecorate the White House.
Trump promised not to dodge questions.
Trump promised to always tell the truth.
Trump promised not to be involved with his business.
Trump promised to hand over his businesses to his sons and resign from all positions.
Trump promised that political activists with extreme agendas won’t write the rules in his administration.
Trump promised to have no involvement with management of business.
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Dan Arel is a bestselling author of The Secular Activist; and Parenting Without God. He is an award-winning journalist and host of the Danthropology Podcast.