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Tracking Trump's Campaign Promises

Tracking President Donald Trump's campaign promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

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

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