White House releases a list of Trump's six months of America First

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  1. darksithpro macrumors regular

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    ...And it's just fantastic!

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-pres...tm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ps_20170720_na1

    The White House
    Office of the Press Secretary
    For Immediate Release
    July 20, 2017
    President Donald J. Trump's Six Months of America First
    “Together, we are working every day for the citizens of this country: protecting their safety, bringing back their jobs and, in all things, putting AMERICA FIRST.” – President Donald J. Trump



    BRINGING ACCOUNTABILITY BACK TO GOVERNMENT: In six months in office, President Trump has followed through on his promise to the American people to bring accountability back to government.

    • President Trump fulfilled his promise to the American people by nominating and, after Senate confirmation, appointing Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
    • President Trump implemented higher ethical standards to make sure his Administration works for the American people.
      • President Trump signed an Executive Order implementing tough new lobbying standards for political appointees, including a five-year ban on lobbying and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign countries.
      • President Trump has donated his salary, following through on his promise to the American people.
    • To make sure the Government serves the needs of all Americans, President Trump has called for a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch and has used his budget to begin to implement his plan.
      • President Trump created the Office of American Innovation to streamline and improve the Government for future generations.
    SPURRING JOBS CREATION: President Trump’s impact on the economy has been immediate, spurring job creation across the country.

    • President Trump signed the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order, prioritizing the interests of American businesses and workers.
      • “Buy American” promotes American industry, protecting it from unfair competition by targeting the abusive use of waivers and exceptions to laws on the books.
      • “Hire American” calls for the reform of our visa programs, ensuring that they no longer displace American workers, while fully enforcing laws governing the entry of foreign workers.
    • President Trump signed an Executive Order, making it easier for businesses to start and expand apprenticeship programs.
    • The Dow Jones Industrial Average has increased 17 percent since election day, hitting new highs 25 times this year already.
    • Since January, the economy added 863,000 jobs, including 821,000 in the private sector.
      • 79,000 construction jobs added since January.
      • 42,000 mining and logging jobs added since January.
      • 41,000 manufacturing jobs added since January.
    CUTTING DOWN JOB KILLING REGULATIONS: Just six months in office, President Trump has taken historic action to eliminate wasteful and costly regulations that have stood in the way of hardworking Americans.

    • The American Action Forum estimates a potential $70 billion in costs reductions from President Trump’s actions to cut back regulations.
    • President Trump has signed 14 Congressional Review Act resolutions into law, ending burdensome Obama-era rules and regulations, more than all other Presidents combined.
    • By withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, President Trump protected America from a bad deal that would have harmed our economy.
      • According to a study by NERA Consulting, meeting the Obama Administration’s obligations under the Paris Climate Accord could have cost the United States economy nearly $3 trillion.
      • According to the same study, 6.5 million industrial sector jobs could have been lost, including 3.1 million manufacturing sector jobs.
    • In order to control regulatory costs, President Trump signed an Executive Order mandating that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated.
    • Through infrastructure reform and investment, the Trump Administration aims to dramatically reduce permit approvals for projects from 10 years to 2 years, spurring investment and job creation.
    OPENING UP AMERICAN ENERGY: In six months, President Trump has turned around America’s policy on energy production after years of opposition.

    • President Trump has acted aggressively to increase exports of our energy resources to a global market.
      • Updated guidance from the Treasury Department to allow the United States to export coal.
      • Expedited the permitting and approval processes of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals and exports, including the approval of the Lake Charles LNG terminal in Louisiana.
    • President Trump has unleashed oil and gas development in the United States by expanding access to resources and the infrastructure needed to get them to market.
      • Approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, creating over 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in earnings.
        • Signed an Executive Order mandating future pipeline work to be done by American workers and with American steel.
      • Expedited new pipeline approval and production, such as the New Burgos Pipeline to Mexico.
      • Signed an Executive Order to extend offshore oil and gas drilling and reissued a leasing program to develop offshore resources.
      • Boosting oil and gas development on Federal lands.
    • The Environmental Protection Agency is reconsidering an Obama-era rule on greenhouse gas emissions that is estimated to cost oil and natural gas operators as much as $530 million annually.
    • President Trump kept his campaign promise to coal miners and rolled back the previous Administration’s “Stream Protection Rule,” which targeted the beleaguered industry with estimated costs of at least $81 million a year.
    A FREE AND FAIR TRADE AGENDA: President Trump is putting America First in trade negotiations, pursuing reciprocal agreements with our trading partners so everyone benefits.

    • One of President Trump’s first actions was to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, after the Obama Administration’s efforts failed to protect American workers.
    • President Trump announced he will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to better reflect our modern economy while benefitting all parties so involved.
      • This week, the United States Trade Representative released its objectives for upcoming NAFTA negotiations.
    • Last week, the President began the process of renegotiating the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
    • Negotiations President Trump started with China on economic cooperation have already produced results for American businesses.
      • For the first time in 14 years, American beef imports have returned to China.
      • China is welcome to negotiate contracts to import American liquefied natural gas.
    • President Trump delivered on his campaign promise to roll back the Obama Administration’s bad deal on Cuba that benefitted the Cuban regime at the expense of the Cuban people.
    RESTORING LAW AND ORDER TO IMMIGRATION: President Trump has prioritized enforcing immigration laws in his first six months to protect all Americans, ensuring that our immigration system treats everyone fairly.

    • President Trump instituted tough immigration policies that have reduced illegal border crossings by 53 percent compared to the same time last year.
      • The President ordered the hiring of 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, including 5,000 additional border patrol agents.
    • Within the first 100 days of President Trump signing his executive orders on immigration enforcement, ICE conducted nearly 40 percent more Enforcement and Removal Operations compared to the same time last year.
      • Arrests of convicted criminal aliens climbed by nearly 20 percent in this time compared to the same time last year.
    • In fiscal year 2017, ICE has removed over 2,700 criminal gang members, compared to 2,057 criminal gang members in all of fiscal year 2016.
      • ICE has specifically targeted MS-13 criminal gang members for removal on immigration violations.
    • To jumpstart construction on the border wall, the President ordered the Department of Homeland Security to use $100 million of unspent appropriations in its account for border security, fencing and infrastructure.
    • President Trump directed executive agencies to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States, including clamping down on sanctuary cities.
      • Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented new charging guidelines to end catch-and-release policies.
    • President Trump ordered the creation of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office at DHS, ensuring that our Government can no longer ignore the victims of criminal acts by illegal aliens.
    PROVIDING FOR OUR NATION’S VETERANS: President Trump is making sure our veterans get the care they deserve after they have sacrificed for our country.

    • Under President Trump, Department of Veterans Affairs fired over 500 employees, suspended 200, and demoted 33, as part of President Trump’s efforts to restore integrity and accountability to a department charged with supporting our Nation’s heroes.
      • 22 senior leaders were disciplined.
    • President Trump signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, enabling senior Veterans Affairs officials to fire failing employees while establishing important safeguards to protect whistleblowers.
    • The Veterans Affairs administration is shifting veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Defense Department, ending a decades-old rift in sharing information between the two agencies.
    • President Trump signed legislation allowing our veterans to receive care outside of the Veterans Affairs medical system.
    • The Department of Veterans Affairs has acted to increase transparency and accountability by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool” to provide veterans a way to access wait time and quality of care data.
    AMERICA FIRST FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY: In the first six months of his Administration, President Trump has put America First in world affairs and national security.

    • During his historic speech in Poland, President Trump reasserted that America would defend its interests and allies after years of neglect by the previous Administration.
    • President Trump brokered a ceasefire in southwest Syria as part of his commitment to end the conflict, reduce human suffering, and defeat ISIS.
    • During his first international trip, President Trump supported the opening of a new “Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology” in Saudi Arabia, created to empower Muslim-majority countries to more effectively combat radicalization.
    • President Trump has increased pressure on Iran to end its destructive and destabilizing actions in the Middle East, including its continued ballistic missile research.
      • The Department of the Treasury sanctioned over 25 entities and individuals involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, ensuring our ability to monitor potentially malicious actors while preventing future acts of terrorism.
      • This week, the United States sanctioned sixteen entities and individuals that have supported Iran’s military and Revolutionary Guard Corps in the development of drones, fast attack boats, and other military equipment.
    • President Trump has allowed the military to push back against threats to our interests and allies.
      • In his first six months, President Trump worked with our partners and allies in the Middle East to defeat ISIS, leading to Iraqi forces recapturing Mosul.
      • After the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against civilians, President Trump authorized strikes against the airbase that launched the chemical attacks, demonstrating our national commitment to preventing further atrocities.
      • President Trump has lifted restrictions that had prevented the Secretary of Defense and our commanders in the field from fully using their judgement and expertise.
     
  2. MadeTheSwitch macrumors 6502a

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    Could have just released a few pics of him driving trucks like a little boy, having endless meetings, golfing at golf courses and a few world trips. Because other than that and signing some EO's (which any president can do) he really hasn't gotten much accomplished.

    Fantastic? Not even close.
     
  3. samcraig macrumors P6

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    You're easily impressed/duped. Which is odd because I think you're smarter than to believe this laundry list of nothing burgers disguised as accomplishments.
     
  4. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    Getting a supreme court pick was the only thing that mattered.
     
  5. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Yeah. I agree. But it was also being held hostage and that was less about Trump. He just happen to be the (R) in office
     
  6. MacNut macrumors Core

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    That reads like dressing up a pig. A whole lot of words designed to fill out a page with no real substance.
     
  7. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    If you've got family members that rely on the VA for medical care, it has a lot of substance.
    The VA fixes alone are already making things easier for vets to get services. Being able to go to outside docs is huge.
    It still has a long way to go, but it's off to a good start.
     
  8. Zenithal macrumors 68040

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    The minor VA Fixes are nothing to drool over. The entire system needs an overhaul. Politicians hardly ever give a rat's ass about veterans. McNutty is right here, though. Most of this is garbage PR set forth by any politician's office staff.
     
  9. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    Minor?
    Being able to see a physician outside of a VA hospital is a god damn MAJOR fix.
    It used to take and act of god and personal letter from the president to see an outside doc for anything. (exaggeration, but you get the point).
    Admins having the ability to fire those life sucking slackers and **** ups who were previously protected by ass backwards rules is another boost.
    You had to practically kill someone before you would be fired... and even then some just get transferred.
     
  10. Zenithal macrumors 68040

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    If it's one facet of the entire problem, it's a minor portion. I wasn't stating that it's a minor problem. It's a step above what normal folk that can't afford PPO and have to get HMO deal with. The entire system needs to be revamped and HMO to be removed. It severely restricts patients, doctors and everyone in between other than the carriers.
     
  11. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a

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    And as trash as the VA is some people still want the governments hand in medical care.
     
  12. Zenithal macrumors 68040

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    Not really the same. The VA is based on a set budget that changes each year based on what funds can be moved. The other is based on tax input. The idea of having to shift money around is nonexistent.
     
  13. MacNut macrumors Core

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    It should not be that hard for the government to hand out money for a veterans procedure or medical care. Just like it should be easy for them to do it with universal healthcare.

    All the government has to be is the bank that holds the money and just pays out when it's needed. I never understood the need for all of the red tape.
     
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    Yeah because I hear from old people all the time about how much they hate their Medicare. Oh wait...
     
  15. MadeTheSwitch macrumors 6502a

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    Why is that considered such an accomplishment for this president? Because he really doesn't have many? Because he didn't do anything that any other Republican wouldn't have done. It also doesn't take much effort to put forth a name to congress. Ooooh....lifting that pen is really heavy. :rolleyes:

    Here's another take on his six month "achievements", from a Texas paper no less:
    https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/...e-trumps-achievements-first-six-months-office

     
  16. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    Supreme Court stays conservative long after Trump is gone.
     
  17. samcraig macrumors P6

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    But the point is - that's not really because of Trump specifically. It's because there's a Republican in office. Any one of the over dozen candidates running last year would have had the same accomplishment because it wasn't really theirs to own. It was Mitchy the Hypocrites.
     
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    Does it now? And from a Judiciary POV, what does that mean? Hell, modern Democrats look more like traditional Conservatives these days...so I guess we agree?
     
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    It doesn't matter, he beat Hillary which gave the right their pick.
     
  20. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Ok - enjoy the victory lap. That wasn't really the point. A monkey with a crayon (if he was Republican) could have gotten their SC pick. You understand that right? Yes - Trump did get something done. But it's not some amazing accomplishment of his. Low hanging fruit. Some of his other promises on that contract would be real accomplishments. He has yet to deliver.
     
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    Repeal Obamacare, lower taxes, build a wall all seem doable in 7 years time even if the left is still on a fishing expedition.
     
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    Assuming your coming from a position that you'd like your life personally improved, WTF are you talking about? The ACA insures tens-of-millions that would otherwise be a burden on your State/Municipality, and the the tax cuts posed would do nothing for those below $200K or so. As for the wall...well, that's pretty much symbolic. Just fund the Border Patrol. Evidently people in Mexico can dig tunnels and whatnot...
     
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    He's in toronto - no skin in the game
     

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