Promises vs Actions
A promise is defined as a "legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act." (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
Every presidential candidate makes promises over the course of their campaign, but Trump's tendency to play fast and loose with facts, and his audiences, led to journalists compiling lists of his promises outside of his Contract with the American Voter. The Washington Post’s Jenna Johnson’s list runs to 282 promises.
This page will document the actions Trump takes as opposed to the promises he made on the campaign trail.
See also First 100 Days.
|2016.07.29||Trump pledges to leave marijuana legalization up to states. politifact.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Social Issues)|
|2016.09.15||Trump Vows to Create 25 Million Jobs Over Next Decade nytimes.com (See also Jobs)|
"Over the next 10 years, our economic team estimates that under our plan the economy will average 3.5 percent growth and create a total of 25 million new jobs. You can visit our website, just look at the math, it works."
|2016.12.10||After promising to prosecute Hillary Clinton during presidential campaign, Trump says "now we don't care." cnn.com|
|2017.01.21||On his first day in office, Trump breaks 34 promises. thinkprogress.org (See also First 100 Days)|
The new president made 36 promises about his first day, but kept only two of them.
|2017.02.03||In signing Dodd-Frank rollback Trump delivers on Wall Street's top priority, betraying his campaign promises to oppose Wall Street. msnbc.com (See also First 100 Days, Reversals, Dodd-Frank)|
When Donald Trump campaigned against Wall St, he was brazenly lying. That's especially, painfully obvious today.
|2017.02.24||Trump broke 64 campaign promises in his first month in office thinkprogress.org (See also First 100 Days)|
He kept 7.
|2017.03.05||Trump reverses pledge to use U.S. Steel for Keystone Pipeline instead deciding to buy the steel from a Russian Billionaire Oligarch with close ties to Putin. huffingtonpost.com (See also Russia, First 100 Days, Keystone XL Pipeline, Dakota Access Pipeline, Trade, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.03.10||Trump fails to beat Obama's jobs performance numbers. shareblue.com (See also First 100 Days, Jobs)|
|2017.04.18||Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns threatens to jeopardize his promise to overhaul the U.S. tax code. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days)|
Democrats have pledged not to cooperate on an overhaul of the tax code unless they know how that rewrite would benefit the president and his family.