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Tracking Trump's Campaign Promises

Tracking President Donald Trump's campaign promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

Make no cuts to Medicare

The Promise:

“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.” 


Update December 12th, 2018: No service cuts but the trust fund took a hit

Renegotiate NAFTA

The Promise:

“A Trump administration will renegotiate NAFTA and if we don't get the deal we want, we will terminate NAFTA and get a much better deal for our workers and our companies. 100 percent."


Update December 11th, 2018: Trump has renegotiated NAFTA, awaits congressional approval

Change the name of Mount Denali back to Mount McKinley

The Promise:

"President Obama wants to change the name of Mt. McKinley to Denali after more than 100 years. Great insult to Ohio. I will change back!"


Update December 10th, 2018: Trump unable to bring (Mount) McKinley back to life

Balance the federal budget 'fairly quickly'

The Promise:

"It can be done. ... It will take place and it will go relatively quickly.  ... If you have the right people, like, in the agencies and the various people that do the balancing ... you can cut the numbers by two pennies and three pennies and balance a budget quickly and have a stronger and better country."


Update December 5th, 2018: Federal deficit isn't shrinking; it's growing

Take no salary

The Promise:

"If I'm elected president, I'm accepting no salary."


Update December 4th, 2018: Trump donates second-quarter salary to SBA

Won't say 'Happy Holidays'

The Promise:

"If I become president, we're going to be saying Merry Christmas at every store. You can leave (happy holidays) at the corner. ...Other religions can do what they want.”


Update December 4th, 2018: Donald Trump’s 2018 official card says "Merry Christmas"

Remove existing Syrian refugees

The Promise:

“I'm putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria, as part of this mass migration, that if I win, if I win, they're going back.” 


Update November 14th, 2018: No action from Donald Trump to deport Syrian refugees, despite campaign promise

Establish a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

The Promise:

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” 


Update November 14th, 2018: Trump’s travel restrictions survive Supreme Court, fall short of promised Muslim ban

Limit legal immigration

The Promise:

“We will reform legal immigration to serve the best interests of America and its workers, the forgotten people. Workers. We’re going to take care of our workers.”


Update October 5th, 2018: Donald Trump sets refugee admission limit at 30,000 for fiscal year 2019

Create private White House veterans hotline

The Promise:

"I will create a private White House hotline – that is answered by a real person 24 hours a day – to make sure that no valid complaint about the VA ever falls through the cracks. I will instruct my staff that if a valid complaint is not acted upon, then the issue be brought directly to me, and I will pick up the phone and fix it myself, if need be."


Update August 9th, 2018: Trump administration launched its ‘White House’ veterans hotline, based in West Virginia

Not take vacations

The Promise:

"I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.”


Update August 9th, 2018: In August ‘working vacation,’ Donald Trump golfing, hosting business dinner and calls with lawmakers

Grow the economy by 4 percent a year

The Promise:

“We're bringing it (the GDP) from 1 percent up to 4 percent. And I actually think we can go higher than 4 percent. I think you can go to 5 percent or 6 percent.”


Update August 7th, 2018: Donald Trump’s promise of 4 percent economic growth a year did not happen in 2017

Cancel all funding of sanctuary cities

The Promise:

"We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths. Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.”


Update August 6th, 2018: Federal appeals court says Donald Trump’s order against sanctuary cities is unconstitutional

Terminate Barack Obama's immigration executive orders 'immediately'

The Promise:

"Immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). All immigration laws will be enforced -- we will triple the number of ICE agents. Anyone who enters the U.S. illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have laws and to have a country."


Update August 6th, 2018: Federal judge says Trump administration failed to justify DACA rescission

Stop the AT&T Time Warner Merger

The Promise:

"As an example of the power structure I'm fighting, AT&T is buying Time Warner and thus CNN, a deal we will not approve in my administration because it's too much concentration of power in the hands of too few."


Update July 13th, 2018: Justice Department challenges AT&T merger with appeal