2017 has been a fantastic year for President Trump, Republicans, and the American people in general.
Here are 45’s top 10 accomplishments, thus far…
From The Hill:
1. The tax-cut bill
Trump capped off 2017 with his first major legislative victory — the passage of the Republicans’ tax-cut bill, which slashes the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent and reduces individual rates as well as implements some key breaks.
It’s the biggest tax legislation to be approved by Congress since 1986, and would be significant if that’s all it did.
2. Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court
Trump’s biggest early victory came when the Senate, in April, confirmed Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
3. Roll-back of regulations
Trump signed an executive order cutting regulations for small businesses and moved forward with plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan, one of Obama’s signature acts as president. Trump has also overseen moves to expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Gulf of Mexico and granted a permit to the Keystone XL pipeline previously rejected by Obama.
4. The travel ban
Trump ran on a platform of tougher immigration enforcement, both to protect American jobs and national security. A week into his presidency, he took one of his most controversial steps, banning most travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States.
5. Declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel
In a radical departure from decades of foreign policy, Trump announced that the U.S. would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin the process of moving its embassy to the contested holy city. The move signified one of Trump’s boldest statements to the international community, and, specifically, the United Nations, which he has frequently criticized.
The Hill lists no. 6 as ‘Withdrawal from Paris climate deal’ and no. 7 as ‘Pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.’
Here’s no. 8 – the one that many people probably forgot about…
8. Roll-back of some of Obama’s Cuba policies
Trump followed up on his pledge to roll back Obama’s opening up of relations with Cuba, tightening travel and commercial ties with the communist island. He also placed new financial restrictions on Havana, amid concerns over a series of bizarre “sonic attacks” targeting U.S. diplomats in the country.
While the moves were seen as a clear crackdown by Trump on rapprochement with Cuba, much of Obama’s policies toward Havana essentially remain intact.
No. 9? ‘Moving to repeal Obama’s net neutrality rules.’
No. 10? ‘Fighting — and further degrading — ISIS.’
In a nutshell, Trump has gotten more done in less than one year than his predecessor did in eight. That is irrefutable.
45’s favorability numbers might be in the gutter at the moment, but if 2016 taught us anything about polls it’s that they are not to be believed one iota.
Trump 2020? ALL DAY!