Donald Trump became President of the United States at noon on January 20, 2017. However, our new billionaire POTUS doesn’t work weekends and declared that his first day in the office would be Monday. Now that he’s officially on the job, this would be good time to review what he said he would do.
Candidate Trump made dozens of promises that he explicitly said would be done on “Day One” of his presidency. [That would be day three in Trump Time]. Some, he assured his supporters, would be fulfilled in the first hour. To be sure, his proclamations were so outrageous that a rational person wouldn’t have believed he could possibly come through. That says nothing, though, of what his voters were thinking. What follows are some of the more notable first day vows Trump has already failed to keep.
- Start construction on a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.
- Tell Congress to pass a bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
- Immediately suspend the Syrian refugee program.
- Suspend all immigration from countries where vetting is “difficult.”
- Stop funding for climate change programs at the U.N.
- Order his generals to submit a plan within 30 days to defeat ISIS.
- Halt all federal funding to “sanctuary cities.”
- Call on Congress to pass “Kate’s Law.”
- Revoke Obama’s “illegal executive amnesties,” i.e. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- Immediately deport what he says are 2 million criminal illegal immigrants.
- Direct his treasury secretary to label China a currency manipulator.
- Approve the Keystone XL pipeline and lift restrictions on coal and oil development.
- Get rid of gun-free zones in schools.
- Propose a Constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.
- Ban former congressional officials from lobbying for five years.
- Ban former White House officials from lobbying for life.
- Undo “every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.” Whatever that means.
Trump’s ambitions as a candidate were ludicrously overblown and unachievable. However, his credibility, like all politicians, rests on setting reasonable goals and following through. He could not have possibly been telling the truth when making all of these promises.
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Therefore, his supporters were misled and have every right to be disappointed, if not incensed. But given the cult-like devotion they have to their Dear Leader, don’t expect them to be. A political movement that redefines white supremacy as “alt-right” and advances the concept of “alternative facts” isn’t likely to care that promises are broken so freely. However, America’s democracy could be severely harmed if citizens become complacent about lying and deliberate misrepresentation. And Donald Trump’s “Day One” failures show that he excels bigly at both.