On Donald Trump’s 99th day in office, Democrats are giving the president an “F” on accomplishments, insisting his tenure so far has been marked by broken or unfulfilled promises. (April 28)
President must revive his populist campaign promises if he wants help from Democrats.
During election season, President Trump made many grand, sweeping promises to working families on a host of issues. But as we mark the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, it is important to take stock of what this president has actually delivered on so far.
Unfortunately, it’s not much.
Since taking office, Trump has either failed to fulfill or broken outright many of the campaign promises he made to working Americans — and now they’re paying the price for it.
On the campaign trail, the president ran as a populist against both the Democratic and Republican establishments, pledging, “The American worker will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.” He talked like a different kind of Republican who might be willing to reach across the aisle. On issues like infrastructure and trade, we Democrats agreed with much of what he was saying.
But in a complete reversal, Trump has swapped populism for plutocracy, spending the first 100 days governing from the far right on behalf of the powerful corporations and special interests he once stumped against. There are four main areas where his promises have fallen flat now that he’s in office: jobs and the economy, draining the swamp, healthcare and his budget.
Jobs and the Economy
The president ran as a savvy businessman who could create jobs and get the economy growing faster than even most experts predicted. But in 100 days, his party hasn’t introduced one significant piece of job-creating legislation.
Despite his promises to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure and create millions of good-paying jobs for U.S. workers, we haven’t seen any proposals from the president thus far. Democrats even put out our own trillion-dollar infrastructure plan in January, taking the president’s campaign promises as a sign he might support our proposal. But we haven’t heard a peep from this White House. In fact, all we’ve seen from Trump are multi-billion dollar cuts he’s proposed to vital transportation programs and infrastructure jobs in his 2018 budget.
On another key economic issue — companies shipping U.S. jobs overseas — the president signed an executive order to potentially undo measures that prevent corporate inversions and the outsourcing of American jobs. For all the hype over his “Buy American, Hire American” policy, he’s refused to insist that pipelines and water infrastructure be made with American steel. And while we heard plenty of tough talk from Trump on…