You May Not Like What Donald Trump Tweets, but He’s Got a long List of Accomplishments

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David Churchman is a three-time Fulbright Scholar (Cyprus, Ukraine, Norway) and California State University professor emeritus who held a dual appointment teaching graduate courses in Middle East history in the Humanities Department and teaching conflict theory and negotiation and chairing the Behavioral Science Programs.

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Karl Rove wrote in the WSJ that, “If President Trump could control himself, people might notice his accomplishments.” Accomplishments are defined by campaign and post-election promises, not each person’s opinion of what is good and what is bad, a legitimate but different topic. Presidential accomplishments also include actions taken by subordinates that have at least presidential approval. With that in mind, Mr. Trump’s accomplishments through December 2017 include at least the following 82:

100% vote by UN Security Council to sanction North Korea.


41% decline in illegal southern border crossings


97,482 illegal immigrant arrests, 70% convicted of additional crimes, 52,169 expelled


Adopted a resolute policy on Afghanistan


Advocated for practical tertiary education


Advocated for skills-based immigration policies


American companies now expanding rather than shipping jobs overseas


Announced sanctions targeting Iran’s Revolutionary Guards


Appointed a Transportation Secretary who is modernizing air traffic control


Appointed an Education Secretary who is correcting abuses of Title IX


Appointed an EPA administrator who has rescinded over 30 regulations


Appointed an FDA director who is facilitating generic drug competition


Appointed an Interior Secretary to improve forest management and expand users of public lands


Approved the Keystone pipeline


Called for international support of Iranian protesters


Canceled school lunch program that failed to force children to eat unpopular foods


Constructed test models of the border fence


Convinced Japan and South Korea to increase defense spending


Convinced NATO members to honor minimum financial commitments


Decertified Iranian nuclear treaty and sent it to Senate as constitutionally required


Designated North Korea as a state-sponsor of terrorism


Eliminated prohibition on interstate health insurance sales


Ended abuses of the student loan forgiveness program


Ended forced provision of contraception by Catholic nunneries


Ended requirement for state funding of Planned Parenthood


Ended research into Y2K preparedness


Ended rule requiring employers to report pay data by gender and race


Expanded school-choice efforts


FCC has begun to dismantle unnecessary Internet “Neutrality” regulations


Foreign firms building plants and creating jobs in the U.S.


Improved rules of engagement for military in combat situations


Initiated resistance “sue and settle” tactics against EPA


Initiated sanctions on Venezuelan dictatorship


Introduced regulatory budgeting requiring agencies to rescind two rules to issue a new one


ISIS bombing ramped up from about 20 to 500 or more airstrikes per week


ISIS ground campaign intensified; Raqqa captured, its fighters surrendering in large numbers


Issued a National Security Strategy


Kate's Law passed House now pending in Senate


Leveraged U.S. contribution to UN budget to force 5% budget cut and reduce staffs


NLRB reversed rule making indirect employee control sufficient to be “joint employees”


Nominated 60 judges, 21 confirmed, none yet denied


Nominated a new Fed chief


Nominated one Supreme Court judge, who was confirmed


Obtained release of Aya Hijazi after three years in Egyptian prison


Obtained release of Caitlan Coleman and husband from Haqqani


Obtained release of UCLA basketball players from China


Raised awareness of Opioid addiction crisis


Recognized Jerusalem as Israeli capital and announced plan to move U.S. embassy there


Reduced excess size of two national parks in Utah


Reduced permanent staff in all Cabinet agencies except VA, HS and Interior


Reduced White House staff by 110


Repeal of ACA mandate included in tax change bill


Requested increased funding for missile defense in face of North Korean and Iranian threats.


Rescinded (temporarily) the Jones Act, facilitating speedier emergency shipments to Puerto Rico


Rescinded 2015 Waters of the United States rule


Rescinded ban drilling in the Arctic and coastal areas


Rescinded coal mining ban on public lands


Rescinded criminalization of accidental killing of migratory birds


Rescinded Cuban cash give-away


Rescinded the “Clean Power Plan”


Rescinded the “War on Coal”


Rescinded threat to pull funds from schools that prohibit transgenders picking their bathrooms


Rescinded Title IX “guidance letter” on sexual harassment


Restored policy barring federal funding of abortions overseas


Restoring military capability in the face of personnel shortages and equipment failures


Revamped U.S. space program, assigning ambitious new objectives


Revised rules for screening potential terrorist tourists


Sanctioned Venezuela for human rights violations


Sanctuary cities legislation passed House pending in Senate


Signed 74 legislative bills (13 reversing executive orders) and 23 joint resolutions into law


Signed comprehensive tax change bill containing most of the changes he proposed


Signed legislation opening Arctic Natural Wildlife Reserve [ANWR] to oil drilling


Signed legislation to expedite firing of incompetent VA officials


Supreme Court largely upheld ban on selected travelers


Taking steps to control the rogue Consumer Finance Protection Agency


Targeted MS13 gang members for priority deportation


The president’s lawyers announced a framework for restoring the separation of powers:


Congress should cease delegating its legislative power to the executive branch


Courts should stop rubber-stamping regulations and orders that lack force of law


Executive will end informal “guidance documents” that undermine due process


U.S. energy production is on the upswing


U.S. sorties and assisted forces reduced ISIS to 2% of the area controlled in 2016


Unemployment is at 4.1 percent, a 17-year low


Withdrew from Paris Climate Accord


Withdrew from UNESCO (a warning to other wasteful, overstaffed UN agencies)


Generalizing, under Mr. Trump we’re seeing a wide-ranging reduction of regulatory overreach and restoration of the separation of powers now specified in speeches to the Federalist Society, elements in a coherent policy aimed at making the US the dominant center for investment globally. The National Security Policy concentrates on two areas. In the Near East, it focuses on Iran and drops the long-moribund Israeli-Palestinian negotiations until the latter become more realistic, less violent, and more dependable in keeping agreements in favor of the quietly emerging alliance of several Arab states with Israel. In the Far East, it seeks increased cooperation with Australia, India, Japan, Philippines and Vietnam in efforts to halt Chinese imperialism in the South China Sea. Overall, like it or not, Mr. Trump has enacted many of his campaign promises and is working to implement others. Perhaps of greatest distress to the Democrats, he has done so by turning the Alinsky playbook against the left which had thought of them as exclusively its own.



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