Like it or not, if nothing else can be said of the Trump presidency so far, it’s been all about keeping campaign promises.
The typical focus is on the first 100 days of a new president’s administration but a look at just the first 10 days of the Trump Administration shows he is acting swiftly through executive orders and making good on his campaign promises.
In true Trump fashion, he has shown through his actions and speeches he is atypical, and what he said he would do if elected he is — and with lightning speed.
He promised over and over to his constituents the U.S. was going to “build a wall” on the southern border, and on his fifth day in office Trump ordered an immediate construction of a wall on the southern border. Promise made and kept.
Trump also promised to repeal Obamacare and on the first day of his presidency he showed his commitment to doing just that. Stating he is intent on repealing Obamacare, his executive order read: “pending such repeal, it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented, take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.” Another promise made and kept.
President Trump also promised to stop refugees from entering into the US unless they were properly vetted, and that ban was signed several days ago. Keeping refugees from seven countries identified by the Obama Administration with ties to terror, Trump said in a statement on Sunday, “We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.” Once again, he held true to his campaign promise.
Trump also vowed to “Make America Great Again” through economic development and the elimination of burdensome regulations that were hurting businesses.
He signed another executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects. That order claims that projects have in the past been excessively delayed by agency processes, which have contributed to additional project costs. Trump’s order claims for the country to compete and win economically in the world, environmental approvals need to be streamlined.
Trump also promised to cut back on federal regulations that he believes are burdensome to businesses and curtail their growth. He held true to that promise on Monday, signing an executive order that pares back federal regulations “requiring agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new rule introduced.” That order also reduces regulatory costs.
The president’s memorandums also focus on job creation and less regulatory burdens for businesses—promises he also made on the campaign trail. One memorandum will streamline permits and reduce regulations for domestic manufacturers, and two others attempt to revive the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone Pipeline. Yet another promise made and kept.
In a column published in The Hill.com, one of his transition team members wrote, “America will learn that when President Trump says he is going to “make America great again,” he really means it.
The American voter is not used to those elected to office keeping their promises. And most of us have come to expect deadlock in Washington.
But Trump is certainly showing there’s a new kid in town and things can get accomplished. Maybe it’s because Trump isn’t a politician, did not just tell voters what they wanted to hear to get elected, and was intent on keeping his promises all along. Now that’s a refreshing change that has come to Washington.