Tracking Trump's Campaign Promises

Tracking President Donald Trump's campaign promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

Close parts of the Internet where ISIS is

The Promise:

Speaking of ISIS, "We're losing a lot of people because of the Internet and we have to do something. We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. We have to talk to them, maybe in certain areas closing that Internet up in some way. Somebody will say, 'oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people… we've got to maybe do something with the Internet because they (ISIS) are recruiting by the thousands, they are leaving our country and then when they come back, we take them back."

Update September 21st, 2017: In wake of London train attack, Trump doubles down on campaign promise

Cancel visas to foreign countries that won't take undocumented immigrants back

The Promise:

"Cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back."

Update September 15th, 2017: Trump administration places visa sanctions on 4 countries not taking back nationals ordered deported

Repeal Obamacare

The Promise:

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

Update September 14th, 2017: GOP senators announce ‘final’ chance for Obamacare repeal

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 September 13th, 2017: Future of Medicare funding uncertain under Trump presidency

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 September 6th, 2017: Trump budget proposal claims balanced budget, CBO disagrees

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 September 5th, 2017: Trump administration rescinds DACA

Add additional federal investment of $20 billion toward School Choice

The Promise:

"Immediately add an additional federal investment of $20 billion towards school choice."

Update August 31st, 2017: School choice advocates won’t see $20 billion any time soon

Save the coal industry

The Promise:

"We're going to put our miners back to work." 

Update August 29th, 2017: Coal industry improves slightly as Trump rolls back regs

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 August 25th, 2017: Trump ties wall funding to government shutdown

Create private White House veterans hotline

The Promise:

"I will create a private White House hotline – that is answered by a real person 24 hours a day – to make sure that no valid complaint about the VA ever falls through the cracks. I will instruct my staff that if a valid complaint is not acted upon, then the issue be brought directly to me, and I will pick up the phone and fix it myself, if need be."

Update August 23rd, 2017: Launch of veterans complaint hotline delayed two months

Not take vacations

The Promise:

"I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.”

Update August 4th, 2017: Is a 'working vacation' still a vacation?

Limit legal immigration

The Promise:

“We will reform legal immigration to serve the best interests of America and its workers, the forgotten people. Workers. We’re going to take care of our workers.”

Update August 2nd, 2017: Trump, Republican senators present bill to reform legal immigration

Repeal Obamacare

The Promise:

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

Update July 31st, 2017: Senate delivers blow to Trump's promise to repeal Obamacare

Take no salary

The Promise:

"If I'm elected president, I'm accepting no salary."

Update July 26th, 2017: Trump donates salary for second consecutive quarter

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 July 20th, 2017: U.S. Supreme Court exempts grandparents from travel ban, restricts refugee admissions