Tracking Trump's Campaign Promises

Tracking President Donald Trump's campaign promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

Cancel global warming payments to the United Nations

The Promise:

“We’re going to put America first. That includes canceling billions in climate change spending for the United Nations."

Update March 29th, 2017: Budget proposal would cease payments to U.N. climate initiatives

Dramatically scale back the U.S. Education Department

The Promise:

"Largely we can eliminate the Department of Education."

Update March 29th, 2017: Trump budget proposal would cut department by 13% overall

Dramatically scale back the EPA

The Promise:

"Department of Environmental Protection. We are going to get rid of it in almost every form. We’re going to have little tidbits left, but we’re going to take a tremendous amount out."

Update March 29th, 2017: Budget proposal would cut EPA by 31% in one year

Ask countries we protect to pay more for joint defense

The Promise:

 "I think NATO's great. But it's got to be modernized. And countries that we're protecting have to pay what they're supposed to be paying."

Update March 28th, 2017: Trump keeps up drumbeat for NATO allies to pay more

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 March 28th, 2017: Executive order, budget proposal advance promise

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 March 27th, 2017: Trump's proposed budget would blast through defense spending caps

Enact term limits

The Promise:

"If I'm elected president, I will push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress."

Update March 27th, 2017: McConnell poses big obstacle to enacting congressional term limits

Repeal Obamacare

The Promise:

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

Update March 24th, 2017: Gridlock in House stalls Trump's pledge to repeal Obamacare

Cancel all funding of sanctuary cities

The Promise:

"We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths. Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.”

Update March 24th, 2017: ICE publishes list of jurisdictions not cooperating with detainer requests

Approve the Keystone XL project and reap the profits

The Promise:

"I want it built, but I want a piece of the profits."

Update March 24th, 2017: State Department issues crucial Keystone permit

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 March 16th, 2017: Federal judge blocks Trump’s revised travel ban

Require price transparency from health care providers

The Promise:

"Require price transparency from all health care providers, especially doctors and health care organizations like clinics and hospitals."

Update March 15th, 2017: Additional pricing transparency not included in House GOP bill

Administer Medicaid through block grants

The Promise:

"Our elected representatives in the House and Senate must ... block-grant Medicaid to the states. Nearly every state already offers benefits beyond what is required in the current Medicaid structure."

Update March 15th, 2017: Trump endorses GOP bill that caps Medicaid spending, but not through block grants

Allow individuals to deduct health care insurance premiums from taxes

The Promise:

"Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the current tax system."

Update March 15th, 2017: GOP plan includes limited tax credits not full tax deduction

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 March 15th, 2017: Selling across state lines not part of GOP proposal