Tracking politicians' promises

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Tracking Obama's promises

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Tracking Trump's Campaign Promises

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Appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton

The Promise:

“I will ask, to appoint a special prosecutor. We have to investigate Hillary Clinton, and we have to investigate the investigation.” 


Update November 21st, 2017: Justice Department taking harder look at Clinton, but pushes back on calls for special counsel

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 November 20th, 2017: Justice Dept. sues to block AT&T merger with Time Warner

Expand mental health programs

The Promise:

"We need to reform our mental health programs and institutions in this country."

Update November 20th, 2017: Trump has mixed record on expanding mental health services

Eliminate wasteful spending in every department

The Promise:

"We are going to ask every department head and government to provide a list of wasteful spending projects that we can eliminate in my first 100 days."

Update November 9th, 2017: Trump administration asks agencies to ‘reorganize’

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 October 30th, 2017: Trump backed off promise to change Denali’s name, says Alaska senator

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 October 20th, 2017: Trump cheers budget plan that wouldn't balance budget

Eliminate the federal debt in 8 years

The Promise:

"We’ve got to get rid of the $19 trillion in debt. ... Well, I would say over a period of eight years. And I’ll tell you why.”

Update October 20th, 2017: Trump celebrates Senate budget bill, but it busts his promise to eliminate federal debt

Suspend immigration from terror-prone places

The Promise:

“And if people don't like it, we've got to have a country folks. Got to have a country. Countries in which immigration will be suspended would include places like Syria and Libya. And we are going to stop the tens of thousands of people coming in from Syria.”


Update October 17th, 2017: Federal judge blocks Donald Trump’s third travel ban

Repeal Obamacare

The Promise:

“Real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare."

Update October 13th, 2017: Directive ending key subsidy threatens Obamacare's viability

Renegotiate the Iran deal

The Promise:

“This deal if I win will be a totally different deal. This will be a totally different deal.”

Update October 13th, 2017: Trump decertifies deal, urges Congress to bolster Iran restraints

Call for an international conference to defeat ISIS

The Promise:

"As president, I will call for an international conference focused on this goal. We will work side-by-side with our friends in the Middle East, including our greatest ally, Israel."

Update October 13th, 2017: No international conference on ISIS in sight

Repeal Obamacare

The Promise:

“Real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare."

Update October 12th, 2017: Trump’s executive action could erode marketplace built under Obamacare

Increase visa fees

The Promise:

"Increase fees on all border crossing cards – of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays)."

Update October 11th, 2017: President Donald Trump stalls on visa fee increases for Mexican nationals

Lower the business tax rate

The Promise:

"The Trump Plan will lower the business tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, and eliminate the corporate alternative minimum tax."

Update October 11th, 2017: Proposed corporate, small business tax rates don’t fall to 15 percent

Move U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

The Promise:

"We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem."

Update October 9th, 2017: Trump signals step back from Israeli embassy plan