Trump Canceling on Kim Jong Un Isn’t His First Broken Promise
President Donald Trump recently canceled the much-anticipated meeting with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. CNN reports that Trump canceled the summit on May 24, in a letter addressed to Kim. He said recent hostile comments from top North Korean officials and Pyongyang’s lack of commitment to giving up its nuclear weapons would make the summit “inappropriate.”
But the 45th president of the United States doesn’t exactly have a stellar track record of promise-keeping. While on the campaign trail, he made some pretty strong statements. Let’s look at the most memorable ones he’s subsequently broken. The last one probably sounds especially familiar (page 8).
Promise 1: Providing healthcare for everyone
Trump repeatedly promised to cover all Americans, after repealing Obamacare, New York Magazine points out. “Everybody’s gotta be covered,” he said. “I am going to take care of everybody, I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. … The government’s going to pay for it.”
Instead, he never proposed an alternative to Obamacare. He also never compromised with Democrats on the issue, and as a result, sabotaged the existing program. After falling for several years, the number of Americans without health insurance has also begun to climb again. Thanks, Obama.
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Promise 2: Drain the swamp
Remember all of Trump’s harping on “draining the swamp?” During the campaign, Trump promised to pursue reforms to reduce business interference in government. Instead, Trump has invited the swamp to flood his administration. Not only has he failed to prevent former officials from lobbying for foreign governments, current administration officials do just that.
In fact, Trump’s administration has reaped more benefits from the presidency than any other before. As New York Magazine points out, he uses the presidency to line his own pockets at every opportunity. That includes preserving federal subsidies, securing cheap labor, easing regulations, and more for his own interests. Trump isn’t draining the swamp — he is the swamp.
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Promise 3: Build that wall
We all remember Trump’s continued promise to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. However, Time reports that Trump’s vowed crackdown on illegal immigration and wall erection has also not gone as planned.
Contractors have built prototypes, but even into his second year in office, no wall and no money for it exist. And despite his assurances to the contrary, Mexico has also definitely not agreed to pay for it.
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Promise 4: Tax cuts for everybody
Trump also said he planned to reform the federal tax code. During the campaign, he promised that “everybody is getting a tax cut.” This one worked out about halfway.
The president did sign a GOP-led tax reform bill into law in December. The package subsequently didn’t match all the specifics Trump offered, but it came close. It did not cut tax brackets or eliminate the carried interest loophole, Politifact reports. However, it did contain a 10% repatriation tax.
Next: The president’s own taxes also didn’t work out the way he promised.
Promise 5: Raise taxes on himself
Trump also promised, over and over and over again, to raise taxes on the rich. “It’s going to cost me a fortune, which is actually true,” he said. In reality, Trump stands to benefit from just about every provision in the bill, according to CNBC.
Both the House and the Senate have proposed an eventual elimination of the estate tax, which currently applies only to estates worth more than $11 million. Trump’s estates also carry a net worth of at least $3.1 billion, Forbes estimates. Therefore, the Republican plan to eliminate the estate tax would save Trump’s heirs as much as $1.24 billion.
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Promise 6: Improving American infrastructure
During his campaign, Trump promised huge improvements to American infrastructure. He said it “will become, by the way, second to none, and we will put millions of our people back to work as we rebuild it,” the BBC recalls. While he has repeated that promise verbally, no sign of action has yet come out of Congress.
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Promise 7: Declare China a currency manipulator
As a candidate, Trump repeatedly promised to declare China a currency manipulator immediately after he took office. In his Gettysburg speech, he said, “China is a currency manipulator. What they have done to us by playing currency is very sad. I don’t blame them. They have been very smart. I blame our politicians for letting this take place.”
But after just 12 weeks, he did a complete 180 on that position. During an interview with The Wall Street Journal, he said “[China’s] not currency manipulators.” Former press secretary Sean Spicer later responded, “circumstances change.” So does the president’s mind.
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Promise 8: Release his tax returns
While on the campaign, Trump said he would release his tax returns, once an audit finished. “I’m under a routine audit, and it’ll be released, and as soon as the audit is finished it will be released,” Trump said at the first presidential debate, The Washington Post wrote. The IRS, however, has said nothing precludes a president from releasing tax returns while under audit, except that president’s own reluctance.
Trump and his surrogates also gave more than a dozen excuses for why he serves as the first presidential nominee in nearly 40 years not to release his tax returns. In an interview with The Economist, he subsequently said he might release them after his term ends. “Nobody cares about my tax return except for the reporters,” he said. “Maybe I’ll release them after I’m finished, because I’m very proud of them actually. I did a good job.”
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