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Tracking Trump's Campaign Promises

Tracking President Donald Trump's campaign promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

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

Remove all undocumented immigrants

The Promise:

"We have at least 11 million people in this country that came in illegally. They will go out. They will come back — some will come back, the best, through a process. They have to come back legally. They have to come back through a process, and it may not be a very quick process, but I think that’s very fair, and very fine."


Update January 3rd, 2018: Arrests for civil violations of immigration laws increased, overall fewer deportations

Get Congress to allow health insurance across state lines

The Promise:

“The insurance companies are getting rich off health care and health insurance and everything having to do with health. We’re going to end that. We’re going to take out the artificial boundaries, the artificial lines. We’re going to get a plan where people compete, free enterprise.”


Update January 2nd, 2018: Rule-making might change the playing field

Increase veterans' health care

The Promise:

"We are going to make sure every veteran in America has the choice to seek care at the Veterans Administration or to seek private medical care paid for by our government."


Update January 2nd, 2018: Funding rises, but some veterans remain ineligible

Bring back manufacturing

The Promise:

"My plan includes a pledge to restore manufacturing in the United States."


Update December 27th, 2017: Upticks in manufacturing employment, little policy progress

Create a health savings account

The Promise:

"Allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Contributions into HSAs should be tax-free and should be allowed to accumulate."


Update December 27th, 2017: No change in Health Savings Account rules

Renegotiate NAFTA

The Promise:

“A Trump administration will renegotiate NAFTA and if we don't get the deal we want, we will terminate NAFTA and get a much better deal for our workers and our companies. 100 percent."


Update December 26th, 2017: Sixth round of NAFTA renegotiation set for January 2018

Defund Planned Parenthood

The Promise:

"I would defund it because of the abortion factor, which they say is 3 percent. I don't know what percentage it is. They say it's 3 percent. But I would defund it, because I'm pro-life."


Update December 26th, 2017: Trump's attempts to defund Planned Parenthood met with roadblocks

Place lifetime ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections

The Promise:

"A complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections."


Update December 26th, 2017: Trump administration still hasn’t moved on promise to regulate foreign lobbying in elections

Eliminate the marriage penalty

The Promise:

"This new tax code eliminates the marriage penalty and the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) while providing the lowest tax rate since before World War II."


Update December 21st, 2017: Marriage penalty mostly eliminated, but not entirely

Create targeted child care tax credits

The Promise:

"The Trump plan will rewrite the tax code to allow working parents to deduct from their income taxes child care expenses for up to four children and elderly dependents."


Update December 21st, 2017: Tax bill doesn't increase deductions for dependent care expenses

Cut taxes for everyone

The Promise:

"Everybody is getting a tax cut, especially the middle class."


Update December 21st, 2017: All income groups get cuts early on, but not 'everyone'