Donald Trump Is Actually Doing a Good Job of Keeping His Campaign Promises

Donald Trump is in the news a lot. Considering he’s the President, that’s not surprising. Between the outrageous comments, the inflammatory tweets, and a laundry list of scandals, it’s easy to say Trump is the worst president ever.

But what if we told you Trump is doing a good job? There were dozens of Trump campaign promises, and for someone who seems prone to lying, he’s actually living up to a lot of them. One year into his presidency, Donald Trump is actually doing a good job delivering on the key issues he talked about during his campaign.

1. Tax reform

Donald Trump signs tax reform bill

Tax reform is one of the big promises Trump’s delivered on as President. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Campaign promise: Overhaul the tax code

We don’t know if it will work, but the tax plan Trump signed definitely qualifies as tax reform. There are fewer brackets, higher standard deductions, and big breaks for most Americans. Sure, there are some changes everyone hates, but Trump promised reform and delivered on that promise less than one year into his presidency.

Promise kept? Yes

Next: It’s been a bumpy road, but Trump has delivered.

2. Immigration and travel ban

Immigrants and statue of liberty

Immigrants from some Muslim countries can’t enter the U.S. thanks to Trump. | John Moore/Getty Images

Campaign promise: Prevent certain immigrants from entering the country.

Trump promised to take a hard look at immigration and enact changes. For the most part, he’s delivered. He vowed to ban Muslims from coming to the U.S. Delivering on this one hasn’t been easy, but in December of 2017, the Supreme Court allowed the third of Trump’s attempts banning immigrants from Muslim countries from entering the country.

Promise kept? For the most part

Next: Early results are promising.

3. Border wall

Trump’s border wall is far from finished, but there has been progress on this promise. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

Campaign promise: A wall along the Mexican border

On the campaign trail, Trump claimed Mexico was sending drug dealers, criminals, and rapists across the border into the U.S. His solution? A border wall. The wall is far from becoming a reality, but real-world tests on the prototypes are going well.

Promise kept? Working on it

Next: One step toward achieving this promise.

4. Obamacare

Us President Donald Trump walks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House as he returns from his weekend trip to Mar-a-Lago, on February 12, 2017, in Washington, DC.

Donald Trump hasn’t killed Obamacare, but he’s working on it. | Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images

Campaign promise: Completely repeal and replace Affordable Care Act

Remember the tax reform promise we discussed a minute ago? Well, part of that law nixed the health insurance mandate that was part of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). It’s not the complete repeal and replace Trump promised, but it’s a step toward achieving that goal.

Promise kept? Working on it

Next: Acting quickly to get out of Paris.

5. Paris climate accord

Trump is a perfect example of mixing business and politics.

This is how much Trump wanted the U.S. to remain part of the Paris climate accord. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

Campaign promise: Leave the Paris climate agreement

Trump vowed to ditch the Paris climate deal because it was unfairly strict on the United States. In a move that enthralled supporters and enraged environmentalists, he did just that. He left the door open to joining a future agreement that is better for the United States, but it didn’t take Trump long to turn his back on the Paris deal.

Promise kept? Yes

Next: A steady rise is the proof that this is a promise kept.

6. Manufacturing jobs

View of President-elect Donald Trump speaking at the Carrier plant in Indiana in November 2016.

Some Carrier jobs went overseas, but manufacturing job numbers are up under Trump. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Campaign promise: Grow the number of manufacturing jobs

Building a border wall was one major campaign promise, and we discussed that one earlier. Growing manufacturing jobs was another pledge. Trump said he negotiated a deal stopping Carrier from shipping factory jobs overseas. He didn’t quite do that, and some of the workers who supported him because of it turned on him. Despite that, manufacturing jobs have increased throughout Trump’s presidency, so we have to call this one a promise kept.

Promise kept? Yes

Next: Trump is working to turn this one around.

7. Trade deficit

Trump is still working on turning the trade deficit into a surplus. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Campaign promise: Turn the trade deficit into a surplus

The way Trump sees it, unfair trade agreements are hurting the U.S. economy. He pledged to negotiate new deals and turn the trade deficit into a surplus. It’s easier said than done and the U.S. still has a trade deficit, but at the end of 2017’s third quarter, it was substantially smaller than it was when he took office.

Promise kept? Working on it

Next: The ruling stands

8. Supreme court justice

Donald Trump making a slicing motion at Republican debate

Trump promised a new Supreme Court justice, and he quickly delivered. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Campaign promise: Nominate and deliver a judge to the Supreme Court

It didn’t come without a little bit of controversy and a lot of politicking, but Trump made good on his vow to fill an empty Supreme Court seat. The Senate approved Neil Gorsuch in April of 2017, and with that Trump scored his first notable win as President.

Promise kept? Yes

Next: Take that, rest of the world.

9. Energy independence

Trump signs bills

One of Donald Trump’s first acts as president was signing executive orders related to the oil pipeline industry, and production is up during his term. | Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images

Campaign promise: Increase domestic oil and gas production

Like the presidents preceding him, Trump wants the United States to be completely energy independent. He’s definitely on the right track there. Crude oil production keeps increasing. We extracted more than 10,000 barrels in November of 2017, the first time since 1970 the United States hit that mark. Likewise, the natural gas numbers in November of 2017 were the most for any president.

Promise kept? Yes

Next: Pass the salt.

Let’s keep this all in perspective

Trump at a rally in Iowa

So far, so good for Trump, but let’s keep things in perspective.  | Joshua Lott/Getty Images

Seeing Trump make good on campaign promises is good news for his administration and for most Americans. But we have to take it all with a grain of salt.

First-term presidents benefit greatly from the work of their predecessors, especially when it comes to the economy. The same is true about employment numbers. A strong first year in a president’s first term is a good sign, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens before we judge Trump’s presidency.

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