It’s been one year since the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.
So the question on everyone’s mind is just how much success has Trump had in fulfilling the promises he made during his campaign since his election into office last year?
During Trump’s presidential campaign,he made many promises to build his political platform. Some of the most notable of these promises included building a wall along the southern U.S. border that Mexico will pay for, the deportation of all illegal immigrants, and to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, with something that is “so much better, so much better, so much better.”
Let’s start with the wall.
“I will build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively,” said Trump during his candidacy announcement speech in June of 2015. “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
Trump recently posted videos via Twitter which show eight different prototypes of the wall he plans to build along the Mexican border. Mexico has made it clear that they will not pay for the wall and Congress has yet to show major support for building the estimated 21.6 billion dollar wall, which has raised many questions on how exactly the wall will be built.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best,” said Trump in that same candidacy announcement speech. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime.”
Trump has made some progress with his war on immigration. Arrests of undocumented immigrants have increased, especially among those with no prior criminal record, and border crossing rates have gone down significantly.
Trump also ordered an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program put in place by the Obama administration to protect young undocumented immigrants from being deported.
Trump has attempted to assert more control over who is allowed into the country by issuing a travel ban that prevents entrance into the United States from certain countries, most of which are Muslim. The ban has been blocked multiple times by judges in the courts due to it being discriminatory in the eyes of those judges.
During his campaign, Trump criticized the Affordable Care Act and claimed that it is doing more harm than good to the country.
“It’s a set of promises for what I’ll do in my first 100 days,” said Trump during a speech in Florida in October of 2016. “It includes getting rid of Obamacare immediately, which is a disaster.”
Trump has encountered much opposition in his attempt to eradicate the Affordable Care Act and replace it with another form of healthcare.
After multiple attempts to have Obamacare repealed, Trump has still yet to remove the free healthcare plan. In the first few days of enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, more than 600 thousand people so far have signed up for coverage this year.
Despite all of the promises to “make America great again” that were made during the 2016 campaign from Trump, we have yet to see any of the president’s central initiatives make any major headway in the first year since he won the election.