On his very first day in office, Trump managed to break 34 of the 36 promises he’d made about Day 1 in the Trump presidency.
It’s not a great start – for his supporters that want him to turn out not to be a horrible, careless liar, at least.
For the rest of us, it’s almost exactly what we would have expected (and, obviously, hoped).
Trump said about Obama’s immigration deferred action executive action initiatives, “the first minute in office I will countersign and revoke those executive orders.”
He vowed to move 2 million “criminal aliens” out of the country “my first hour in office.”
“These international gangs of thugs and drug cartels will be, I promise you from the first day in office, the first thing I’m going to do, the first piece of paper I’m going to sign is we are going to get rid of these people day one.”
Trump said he would “give a mandate to everybody, including the local police,” to get the “bad ones” out of the country, also in the first hour.
Instead, what Trump actually did was a lot more… administrative:
He officially nominated members of his cabinet, proclaimed a “National Day of Patriotism,” and waived a legal requirement that retired Gen. James Mattis be out of the military for seven years before taking over civilian leadership at the Pentagon.
Trump’s administration also quickly revoked a cut in fee rates for federally-backed mortgages, something that was both unexpected and not anything he promised or spoke about before taking office.
Here are a few of the promises broken:
- “If I win, day one, we are going to announce our plans to renegotiate NAFTA.”
- “On the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interests collusion in Washington. … On the same day I will begin taking, and really taking strongly seven actions to protect American workers. … Third, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator. China is a currency manipulator.”
- “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.”
I’m sure there’s honestly a lot more where THAT came from. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.