Tracking politicians' promises

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Tracking Obama's promises

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Tracking the promises of the GOP Leadership in Congress


Tracking Trump's Campaign Promises

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Stop the AT&T Time Warner Merger

The Promise:

"As an example of the power structure I'm fighting, AT&T is buying Time Warner and thus CNN, a deal we will not approve in my administration because it's too much concentration of power in the hands of too few."

Update June 14th, 2018: Federal judge grants approval for AT&T merger with Time Warner

Rebuild the U.S. Navy toward the goal of 350 ships

The Promise:

"We will build a Navy of 350 surface ships and submarines as recommended by the bipartisan National Defense Panel."

Update May 25th, 2018: Trump touts 350-ship promise at Naval Academy graduation

Take no salary

The Promise:

"If I'm elected president, I'm accepting no salary."

Update May 18th, 2018: Trump donates first-quarter salary to VA

Move U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

The Promise:

"We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem."

Update May 14th, 2018: Trump moves embassy to Jerusalem

Renegotiate the Iran deal

The Promise:

“This deal if I win will be a totally different deal. This will be a totally different deal.”

Update May 8th, 2018: Trump announces U.S. exit from Iran nuclear deal

Terminate Barack Obama's immigration executive orders 'immediately'

The Promise:

"Immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). All immigration laws will be enforced -- we will triple the number of ICE agents. Anyone who enters the U.S. illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have laws and to have a country."

Update April 25th, 2018: Federal judge orders Trump admin. to accept new DACA requests, but stays order for 90 days

Suspend immigration from terror-prone places

The Promise:

“And if people don't like it, we've got to have a country folks. Got to have a country. Countries in which immigration will be suspended would include places like Syria and Libya. And we are going to stop the tens of thousands of people coming in from Syria.”


Update April 12th, 2018: Trump administration removes Chad from travel ban list

Build a safe zone for Syrian refugees

The Promise:

“They should build a safe zone. Take a big piece of land in Syria and they have plenty of land, believe me. Build a safe zone for all these people, because I have a heart, I mean these people, it’s horrible to watch, But, they shouldn’t come over here. We should build a safe zone.”


Update April 5th, 2018: No progress on building safe zones for Syrian refugees amidst troop withdrawal announcements

Build a wall, and make Mexico pay for it

The Promise:

"I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall."

Update March 23rd, 2018: Donald Trump secures about $1.6 billion for border barriers

Raise tariffs on goods imported into the U.S.

The Promise:

“Any country that devalues their currency to take unfair advantage of the United States and all of its companies that can’t compete will face tariffs and taxes to stop the cheating.”

Update March 7th, 2018: Waiting on steel and aluminum tariffs

Make no cuts to Medicare

The Promise:

“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.” 

Update February 20th, 2018: No cuts to Medicare enacted yet

Ensure funding for historic black colleges

The Promise:

“My plan will also ensure funding for historic black colleges and universities, more affordable two- and four-year college and support for trade and vocational education.”

Update February 19th, 2018: In Trump budget, black colleges would escape hits that other education programs would take

Eliminate gun-free zones at schools and military bases

The Promise:

“I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools, and — you have to — and on military bases."

Update February 15th, 2018: Bill that would ease gun-carrying rights in schools passed House in December

Make no cuts to Social Security

The Promise:

“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.”

Update February 14th, 2018: Administration revives previous proposal to cut Social Security disability programs

Make no cuts to Medicaid

The Promise:

“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.” 

Update February 14th, 2018: White House still wants Medicaid overhaul that would likely produce cuts