As of January 20th, 2018, at 12:00 noon, Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, officially became president for one year. Trump said he would do a lot in his first year. But did he? Here’s a rundown.
Building a wall and getting Mexico to pay for it
No Progress - Before the election, Trump said that he would build a wall along the Mexican border, and getting Mexico to pay for it. After the election, Mexico confirms that they still will not pay for it.
Completed - Before the election, Trump promised for major tax cuts for working Americans. The Republican tax plan, passed in December 2017, pushed the tax down from 35% to 15%. The image here shows who is impacted by these tax cuts. (Image from taxfoundation.org)
Deporting all illegal immigrants
No Progress - Before the election, Trump said that the 11.3 million illegal immigrants “have to go.” The number of deported immigrants were actually lower than they were in 2016.
Some Progress - Before the election, Trump promised for a ban on Muslims entering the country, a “total and complete” shutdown. The law got repealed. He did release two new travel bans in his first year. (Countries banned: Libya, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea, Venezuela).
Some Progress - In his first year in office, Trump was able to repeal parts of the law, but not all. His goal before the election was to completely take away Obamacare and replace it, although he has tried, over 70 times, he hasn't quite done that yet.
I went around and asked some Asheville Middle School students their opinions on Trump’s first year in office.
“He is going to kill us all.” - Juvae, 7th Grade Journalism Student
“I think his first year in office was okay, minus that whole nuclear war thing that’s been going on” - 7th Grade Journalism Student
“He got a lot of things done. He has held up on some of his promises, like the tax cuts, and he has generally made a ton of impact. But, he seems to be going nowhere now. He has not followed through on many of the promises he made during his campaign, like "ridding the country of illegal immigrants". I think he should either start focusing on the important problems, like the environmental crisis, or gun control, or start following through with his own promises. 3 MORE YEARS, GUYS!” - Isaac Richmond, 7th Grade Student
Story by Ryan Oast
Source: BBC News
Source: Tax Foundation