President Donald Trump is nearing his 100th day in office.
Trump has just over a week to go until April 29th, which will mark his 100th day as U.S. president. These first 100 days of a presidency have been examined going back to President Franklin Roosevelt.
On Twitter this week, Trump said that he has accomplished a lot during his first 100 days but that he will still be criticized by the media. He also said that the 100 days standard is “ridiculous.”
During the campaign, though, Trump held himself to that standard, releasing what he called a “Contract with the American Voter.” In it, Trump outlines exactly what he would do within his first 100 days.
So what were those promises that Trump made about the first 100 days, and how many of them have come to fruition? Here’s what Trump said he would do during these first three months of his presidency.
1. Propose a Constitutional Amendment Imposing Term Limits on Members of Congress
The very first promise that Trump makes in his Contract with the American Voter was to propose a constitutional amendment setting term limits on members of Congress.
Outside of the contract itself, Trump made this pledge repeatedly all throughout the campaign.
“If I’m elected president, I will push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress,” Trump said during a campaign rally. “Right? They’ve been talking about that for years.”
So far, President Trump has proposed no such constitutional amendment. However, eight Republicans in Congress have introduced their own term limits bills, including Ted Cruz. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is dismissive of the idea, and so there is unlikely to be a vote on any of these proposals.
2. Implement a Hiring Freeze on All Federal Employees
The next promise Trump made was to implement a hiring freeze on all federal employees.
In his Contract with the American Voter, Trump said that doing so would “reduce the federal workforce through attrition (excepting military, public safety, and public health).”
President Trump fulfilled this promise within his first week in office, on January 23rd signing an executive order putting this hiring freeze in place.
“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order a freeze on the hiring of Federal civilian employees to be applied across the board in the executive branch,” the order said.
3. Require That For Every New Regulation, Two Regulations Are Eliminated
Another promise Trump made was that he would ensure that for every new government regulation introduced, two exiting regulations would be eliminated in order to offset the costs of the new one.
Trump introduced this as president, again through executive order.
“We want to make…life easier for small businesses,” Trump said upon signing the order. “There can’t be any discrimination.”
4. Impose a Five-Year Ban on White House & Congressional Officials Becoming Lobbyists
Next up, President Trump promised to impose a five-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.
This was accomplished through executive order on January 28th.
Upon signing the order, Trump noted that he talked about doing so throughout the campaign and that “we’re now putting it into effect,” according to NBC News.
5. Impose a Lifetime Ban on White House Officials Lobbying on Behalf of Foreign Governments & Foreign Lobbyists Raising Money for American Elections
In addition to the ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists, Trump also said he would impose a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of foreign governments.
This was accomplished in the same executive order that instituted the five-year lobbying ban for White House and Congressional officials. It was signed on January 28th.
Under the order, every executive brand official must agree, “I will not, at any time after the termination of my employment in the United States Government, engage in any activity on behalf of any foreign government or foreign political party which, were it undertaken on January 20, 2017, would require me to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended.”
6. Begin Renegotiating NAFTA
Trump also said in his contract that he would “announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205.”
Technically, Trump kept this promise, as he said when he became president that he would begin renegotiating NAFTA.
“President Trump is committed to renegotiating NAFTA,” the White House said in a statement. “If our partners refuse a renegotiation that gives American workers a fair deal, then the President will give notice of the United States’ intent to withdraw from NAFTA.”
However, no concrete progress has yet been made in this front.
7. Announce America’s Withdrawal From the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Speaking of trade deals, Trump also promised that within his first 100 days, he would withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
President Trump did so within his first week in office, signing an executive order that formally abandoned the trade deal, although the TPP had not yet been approved by Congress.
“…I hereby direct you to withdraw the United States as a signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), to permanently withdraw the United States from TPP negotiations, and to begin pursuing, wherever possible, bilateral trade negotiations to promote American industry, protect American workers, and raise American wages,” the executive order read.
8. Label China a Currency Manipulator
Trump also promised in his first 100 days to instruct his treasury secretary to label China a currency manipulator.
This is a promise that Trump broke, as he recently told The Wall Street Journal that China is not a currency manipulator at all. He later suggested on Twitter that he won’t label them as such because he’s working with the country on North Korea.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later said that China has not been manipulating its currency since Trump became president.
9. Identify All Foreign Trading Abuses That Unfairly Impact American Workers & End Those Abuses
Still on the topic of trade, Trump also promised to identify trade abuses and end those abuses.
“I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately,” Trump’s campaign pledge said.
Trump signed an executive order in late March with the goal of identifying and eliminating trade abuses.
10. Lift Restrictions on American Energy Reserves Including Shale, Oil, Natural Gas & Coal
Another one of Trump’s campaign promises was to lift restrictions on energy reserves.
“I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal,” Trump said in his Contract with the American Voter.
The closest to this that Trump has accomplished was the signing of an executive order called the “Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.”
This order directed government agencies to “review all existing regulations, orders, guidance documents, policies, and any other similar agency actions (collectively, agency actions) that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources, with particular attention to oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy resources.”
11. Allow the Keystone Pipeline to Move Forward
Trump during the campaign promised to “lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.”
In March, the president officially approved the Keystone XL pipeline.
“It’s a great day for jobs and energy independence,” Trump said in the Oval Office at the time, according to CNN.
12. Cancel Payments to U.N. Climate Change Programs
Trump also said that he would “cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fi x America’s water and environmental infrastructure.”
This has not yet been put into effect, but it’s in the works, as Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint says that it “fulfills the President’s pledge to cease payments to the United Nations’ (UN) climate change programs by eliminating U.S. funding related to the Green Climate Fund and its two precursor Climate Investment Funds.”
However, this is just a blueprint, and the final budget has not yet been released.
13. Cancel All of President Obama’s ‘Unconstitutional Executive Actions’
Trump promised to cancel all of the executive actions put into place by Barack Obama that he deemed to be unconstitutional.
President Trump ended up revoking a few of President Obama’s executive orders, including ones on federal contracting. He also instructed the Labor Department to delay the implementation of an Obama order in which financial professionals advising clients on retirement must put their client’s interests first, according to Fox News.
Trump also recently revoked an Obama order that required companies that contract with the federal government to provide documentation proving that they are complying with labor and civil laws, according to NBC News.
14. Select a Replacement for Antonin Scalia
In his Contract to the American Voter, Trump’s next promise was that he would “begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.”
This is one example of Trump actually exceeding his pledge. He only said that he would begin selecting a replacement, but he ended up selecting Neil Gorsuch and having him confirmed to the Supreme Court within the first 100 days.
On Twitter this week, Trump cited this as one of his biggest accomplishments.
15. Cancel Federal Funding to Sanctuary Cities
Trump next promised he would cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities. This is a term that refers to cities that do not fully cooperate with the federal government on national immigration laws.
This hasn’t fully happened yet, although Trump in January signed an order directing the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to withhold “federal funds, except as mandated by law” from sanctuary cities.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also recently said that states and local jurisdictions pursuing Justice Department grants will have to show they are complying with federal laws in order to receive money. However, Sessions said that this wasn’t really a new change.
“This policy is entirely consistent with the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs guidance that was issued just last summer under the previous administration,” Sessions said.
16. Begin Removing Undocumented Immigrants From the Country
The last two promises on Trump’s list had to do with immigration: he promised to “begin removing the more than two million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.”
In February, Trump directed the Department of Homeland Security to more aggressively pursue criminal illegal aliens for deportation.
On the second part of this promise, Trump in January signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security to enforce sanctions against countries that will not allow people deported from America to return home.
“The Secretary of State shall, to the maximum extent permitted by law, ensure that diplomatic efforts and negotiations with foreign states include as a condition precedent the acceptance by those foreign states of their nationals who are subject to removal from the United States,” the order says.
Technically, it’s already law that new visas will not be issued to immigrants from countries that will not take deported nationals back, but this has generally not been enforced.
17. Suspend Immigration From Terror-Prone Regions
Finally, Trump promised in his first 100 days to implement his proposed travel ban.
In his Contract with the American Voter, Trump said he would “suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered ‘extreme vetting.'”
Trump famously signed an executive order that meets this criteria back in January, but it was halted by the courts. Trump then signed a second, revised version of the order, and this was again halted by the courts, and so the travel ban is not in effect.
18. Pass 10 Specific Bills Into Law, Including an Obamacare Replacement
Everything listed above is something that Trump accomplished through executive action.
However, in his first 100 days, Trump also promised to work with Congress to pass 10 specific pieces of legislation into law. Those bills were:
- Middle Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act
- End the Offshoring Act
- American Energy and Infrastructure Act
- School Choice and Education Opportunity Act
- Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act
- Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act
- End Illegal Immigration Act
- Restoring Community Safety Act
- Restoring National Security Act
- Clean Up Corruption in Washington Act
None of these bills have been signed into law within the first 100 days of Trump’s administration.
House Republicans did come close to signing an Obamacare replacement into law, the American Health Care Act. However, it was pulled when it became clear that Republicans did not have enough votes for it to pass. A new health care bill is reportedly on the way, but there is little chance of it being passed until after Donald Trump’s 100th day.