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Trump’s first 100 days: Obamacare, trade, immigration, more policy changes

President Donald Trump reaches his 100th day in office Saturday with some of his campaign promises kept and others left unfulfilled.

Many of those plans were put forth by the president in a YouTube video posted shortly after he won the election in November 2016.

Although Trump called the first 100 days milestone “ridiculous,” in a recent tweet, he also patted himself on the back for accomplishing “a lot,” including the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump has made significant progress in enacting some of his promises – actions on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, for example – but his first 100 days in office also saw failures, including the Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Scroll down to see where Trump stands on the promises he made and more actions the president has taken in his first 100 days in office.


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Plans: "I will direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker," Trump said in his executive actions YouTube video on Nov. 21, 2016.

The president also made building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border a key pillar of his campaign and had promised sweeping changes to immigration policy.

Actions: While Trump has signed several executive orders regarding immigration, only a few have actually stuck.

Most notably, two travel bans his administration rushed to put in place via executive order were halted by federal judges in February and March. Critics of the travel bans argued the language was discriminatory against Muslims and unfairly targeted refugees.

In a move that may directly impact New York City, Trump signed a directive on Jan. 25, to cut federal grant money for so-called sanctuary cities that have refused to cooperate with federal authorities on actions against illegal immigrants. In mid-April, the Department of Justice sent a letter to New York City and other sanctuary cities, warning that funding would be cut if compliance was not met. On April 25, however, a U.S. judge blocked Trump's executive order, ruling that it targeted broad categories of federal funding for sanctuary governments and that plaintiffs challenging the order were likely to succeed in proving it unconstitutional.

As for the border wall, Trump's executive order from Jan. 25 to move forward with planning and construction has held, but funding over the project remains undecided. Trump had vowed repeatedly that Mexico would pay for the wall - a claim Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has outright refused to cooperate with. Trump has recently indicated he is open to delaying his push to secure funding to get the wall started. This as Congress works to secure a budget deal in order to avoid a government shutdown.

The Trump administration has also stepped up raids conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In February, the president directed his administration to more aggressively enforce immigration laws. Shortly after, immigrant rights advocates became alarmed after Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly confirmed immigration officers arrested more than 680 people across the country in the span of one week. Kelly had said 75 percent of immigrants arrested that week have criminal records. A request for comment on the total number of arrests in the country since Trump took office was not immediately returned by ICE officials.


Plan: Trump repeatedly vowed to
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Plan: Trump repeatedly vowed to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act during his presidential campaign as well as during his transition.

Action: Although Trump did sign an executive order on Inauguration Day that directed government agencies to ease regulations associated with Obamacare, the president and Republicans in Congress failed to deliver on repealing and replacing the legislation within the first 100 days.

The leaders of the Republican Party had introduced legislation to rid America of Obamacare and at the same time replace it with their own health care bill.

The bill was met with strong opposition from Democrats as well as a small group of conservative Republicans who felt the legislation was still too similar to Obamacare. After it was apparent that the bill would not pass in the House, GOP leaders pulled the legislation instead of allowing it to fail.

Tax reform

Plan: After the health care bill failure in
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Plan: After the health care bill failure in March, Trump signaled there would be a shift to prioritize tax reform instead. "We'll probably be going right now for tax reform," he said, adding that he wanted "big tax cuts and tax reform. That will be next."

Action: With just a few days to go until his 100 days are up, the Trump administration unveiled a tax reform plan on Wednesday, April 26.

The plan, considered an opening gambit by fellow Republicans, calls for slashing tax rates for businesses and on overseas corporate profits returned to the country. It also outlines plans for raising standard deductions for individuals, repealing the so-called death tax on estates and simplifying tax returns.

But critics of the proposal argue it could potentially add billions of dollars to the federal deficit because it lacks plans to raise revenue.

Plan to fight ISIS

Plan: Taking a tougher approach to defeating the
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Plan: Taking a tougher approach to defeating the Islamic State was a large part of Trump's campaign rhetoric. In September, he even vowed to "utterly destroy ISIS," the Washington Post reported, though he never put forth a solid plan of action on how he would go about it.

Action: On Jan. 28, Trump issued a memorandum that directed the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review the nation's strategy to defeat ISIS and put together a revised plan, which was due 30 days from the time the directive was given. Those 30 days have come and gone, and while a revised strategy and recommendations were presented to Trump by the deadline, the administration's stance on how it plans to "utterly destroy ISIS" has yet to take shape in a public way.

Trump did, however, move against ISIS in a way that had never been done before. On April 13, the military dropped a Mass Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB), one of the largest conventional bombs ever used in combat, on an ISIS target in Afghanistan. As many as 36 suspected Islamic State militants were killed, Afghan officials said.

Supreme Court appointment of Neil Gorsuch

Plan: After Republicans successfully blocked former President Barack
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Plan: After Republicans successfully blocked former President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the US. Supreme Court vacancy, Trump vowed to make the nation's highest court whole again when he took office.

Action: Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, an appeals court judge from Colorado, to fill the vacant seat in January. Despite threats of a filibuster from Democrats, Gorsuch was confirmed by the full Senate in April after Republicans approved the so-called "nuclear option," changing the voting rules to a simple majority.


Plans: Trump said he will create millions of high-paying
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Plans: Trump said he will create millions of high-paying jobs by canceling restrictions on the production of energy in the United States, including shale and clean coal: "That's what we want, that's what we've been waiting for." During his campaign, he also indicated his support for moving forward with the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

Actions: The president issued executive orders on Jan. 24 that allow the completion of the Dakota Access pipeline and the revival of the Keystone XL project. The moves roll back key environmental policies put in place by former President Barack Obama's administration. They also signal a major defeat for Native American tribes and protesters who oppose the Dakota Access pipeline. In March, the Trump administration approved a permit for construction of the Keystone XL project.

Trump continued to roll back Obama-era environmental policies in March with an executive order titled "Energy Independence." The order effectively eliminates the Clean Power Plan, which requires states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. The order also reverses a ban on coal leasing on federal lands and undoes rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas production.


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Plans: "I will formulate a rule which says that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated; it's so important," Trump vowed in his YouTube video. Trump was vocal about easing government regulations throughout his presidential campaign.

Actions: Trump made good on his campaign promise by signing an executive order on Jan. 30, 2017, mandating that for every one new regulation introduced, two others must be cut.

Trump also signed an executive order on Jan. 24, instructing agencies to streamline the regulatory and permitting process for domestic manufacturers. The move, Trump said, will reduce "the incredibly cumbersome, long, horrible" process for manufacturers.

But Trump didn't just stop there. On March 27, he signed four bills under the Congressional Review Act to cancel federal regulations deemed "unnecessary and burdensome," bringing the total number of resolutions to eliminate "job-killing federal regulations" to six. Before Trump took office, the use of the Congressional Review Act to eliminate regulations had only been used once since 1996.

Ethics reform 

Plan: Trump will ban executive officials from becoming
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Plan: Trump will ban executive officials from becoming lobbyists for five years after they leave a president's administration. The move, Trump said, will help "drain the swamp" in Washington. There will also be a lifetime ban on executive officials lobbying for foreign governments.

Action: Fulfilling yet another campaign promise, Trump signed an order on Jan. 28, 2017, that bars members of the administration from lobbying their own agency for five years after they leave office. The order also says administration members cannot lobby government appointees for two years and bans officials from ever working for foreign governments or foreign political parties.


Plan: Trump announced he intends to issue a
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Plan: Trump announced he intends to issue a "notification of intent" to withdraw the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership. He also called the trade deal a "potential disaster."

"Instead, we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores," Trump said.

Action: Trump signed a memorandum on Jan. 23, 2017 to do just what he said he would: withdraw the United States from the TPP trade plan. He called the order a "great thing from the American worker."

Trump is also scheduling meetings with leaders of Canada and Mexico to discuss a possible renegotiation of the NAFTA trade accord.

National security

Plan: Trump aims to lean on the Department of
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Plan: Trump aims to lean on the Department of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to come up with a "comprehensive plan" for protecting U.S. infrastructure from all forms of attack, including cyberattacks.

Action: Trump has yet to take action on his promise to create a plan against cyberattacks, though an executive order is expected this week, Politico reported on April 23 - just in time to meet the 100-day benchmark. 


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