Tracking politicians' promises

The Obameter

Tracking Obama's promises

GOP Pledge-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of the GOP Leadership in Congress


Tracking Trump's Campaign Promises

Promises we’ve rated recently

Raise tariffs on goods imported into the U.S.

The Promise:

“Any country that devalues their currency to take unfair advantage of the United States and all of its companies that can’t compete will face tariffs and taxes to stop the cheating.”

Update March 7th, 2018: Waiting on steel and aluminum tariffs

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 February 20th, 2018: No cuts to Medicare enacted yet

Ensure funding for historic black colleges

The Promise:

“My plan will also ensure funding for historic black colleges and universities, more affordable two- and four-year college and support for trade and vocational education.”

Update February 19th, 2018: In Trump budget, black colleges would escape hits that other education programs would take

Eliminate gun-free zones at schools and military bases

The Promise:

“I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools, and — you have to — and on military bases."

Update February 15th, 2018: Bill that would ease gun-carrying rights in schools passed House in December

Make no cuts to Social Security

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 February 14th, 2018: Administration revives previous proposal to cut Social Security disability programs

Make no cuts to Medicaid

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 February 14th, 2018: White House still wants Medicaid overhaul that would likely produce cuts

End the defense sequester

The Promise:

“As soon as I take office I will ask Congress to fully eliminate the defense sequester and will submit a new budget to rebuild our military. It is so depleted. We will rebuild our military.”

Update February 14th, 2018: Sequester still on the books, but rendered moot by spending spike

Expand mental health programs

The Promise:

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

Update February 13th, 2018: Budget proposal offers new money, but possible Medicaid changes could offset that

Invest $550 billion in infrastructure and create an infrastructure fund

The Promise:

 "The Trump Administration seeks to invest $550 billion to ensure we can export our goods and move our people faster and safer."

Update February 13th, 2018: Only $200 billion in federal outlays in new blueprint

Keep Guantanamo Bay Detention Center open

The Promise:

“We’re going to keep, as you know, Gitmo, we’re keeping that open."

Update January 31st, 2018: Trump signs order keeping Guantanamo prison open

Impose a hiring freeze on federal employees

The Promise:

"A hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health)."

Update January 23rd, 2018: No sign of a revived hiring freeze for now

Build a wall, and make Mexico pay for it

The Promise:

"I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall."

Update January 19th, 2018: Donald Trump requests Congress $18 billion for border barriers

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 January 10th, 2018: Federal judge orders Trump administration to continue renewing DACA applications

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 January 5th, 2018: Trump falls short on promise of 4 percent economic growth

Expand national right to carry to all 50 states

The Promise:

"That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do, too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states.”

Update January 3rd, 2018: Concealed carry bill clears House, faces long odds in Senate