Trump: Biden against “ oil, guns and God ”
While campaigning in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump portrayed Democratic candidate Joe Biden as an opponent of “oil, guns and God” and said the election “is a matter of economic survival for Pennsylvania.”
President Donald Trump says he is not a politician. As proof, the real estate developer points to the promises he made both in the 2016 campaign and at the start of his mandate – and, he says, kept.
“Unlike so many who have come before me, I keep my promises,” Trump said during his State of the Union address this year.
So what were its main promises?
The appointment of conservative judges to federal courts. Large tax cuts. Build a border wall at the southern border and charge Mexico for it. Massive deregulation. Replacing Obamacare with a “much cheaper and much better” health plan. Bring back manufacturing. Revive endangered industries, such as coal and steel. Renegotiate trade agreements in a way that helps the United States move the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. Curb immigration. Reduce the national debt. Withdrawal of the Paris climate agreement.
Build the wall? Travel ban? Tax cuts ?: After Trump’s State of the Union, here’s where he keeps his promises
The USA TODAY Network examined a number of promises – big and small, national and extremely local – that Trump made during the election campaign four years ago and early in his term, to measure his success.
Trump delivered a number of them, including tax cuts, conservative judges, deregulation, the climate deal, and the Israeli embassy to name a few. Some have been partly accomplished, such as the trade deals, the border wall and the defeat of Daesh. Other commitments have yet to be met, such as the return of coal and steel and the replacement of the Affordable Care Act. And some have gone in the wrong direction, such as reducing the national debt and reviving manufacturing.
Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said the president “has certainly kept certain promises,” especially the appointment of conservative judges who have earned him the continued admiration of white evangelicals who should again support him in an overwhelming numbers.
But the president also tends to overstate his delivery record, Sabato said.
“If you listen to Trump, he kept all of his promises and did it perfectly,” he wrote in an email to USA TODAY. “In other words, he cannot be relied upon to tell the truth and only people who have not paid attention for the past four years or who are members of his worship base would believe otherwise.”
But, “how is this border wall paid for by Mexico?” a reference to a campaign pledge that Trump has yet to keep.