Trump-O-Meter

Tracking Trump's Campaign Promises

Tracking President Donald Trump's campaign promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

Release his tax returns after an audit is completed

The Promise:

“I’m under a routine audit and it'll be released, and as soon as the audit is finished it will be released."


Update April 26th, 2017: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing tax returns, Steve Mnuchin says

Reverse China's entry into the World Trade Organization

The Promise:

"That means reversing two of the worst legacies of the Clinton years...First, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. Second, China's entry into the World Trade Organization."


Update April 26th, 2017: Trump threatens to ignore WTO in 'aggressive' America-first approach

Lower the business tax rate

The Promise:

"The Trump Plan will lower the business tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, and eliminate the corporate alternative minimum tax."


Update April 26th, 2017: Trump's tax outline lowers business tax rate and kills AMT, but offers few details

Cancel all funding of sanctuary cities

The Promise:

"We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths. Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.”


Update April 26th, 2017: California judge halts Trump’s executive order

End birthright citizenship

The Promise:

"End birthright citizenship."


Update April 21st, 2017: House bill introduced to end birthright citizenship

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 April 20th, 2017: Mixed messages on Iran, but tangible moves toward reversal haven't happened yet

Open up libel laws

The Promise:

"I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.”


Update April 20th, 2017: Trump stalls on promise to open up libel laws

Establish a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

The Promise:

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” 


Update April 20th, 2017: Trump stalls on promise for 'total and complete shutdown' of Muslims entering the United States

Increase the size of the U.S. Army to 540,000 active duty soldiers

The Promise:

“We will build an active army around 540,000 as the army’s Chief of Staff has said he needs desperately and really must have to protect our country.” 


Update April 20th, 2017: Trump's budget request for Army falls short

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 April 20th, 2017: Trump's budget request for Navy falls short

Provide the U.S. Air Force with 1,200 fighter aircraft

The Promise:

"We will build an Air Force of at least 1,200 fighter aircraft, which the Heritage Foundation again has shown to be needed to execute current missions."


Update April 20th, 2017: Trump's budget request for Air Force falls short

Rebuild the Marine Corps to 36 battalions

The Promise:

"We will build a Marine Corps based on 36 battalions, which the Heritage Foundation notes is the minimum needed to deal with major contingencies – we have 23 now."


Update April 20th, 2017: Trump's budget request for Marine Corps falls short

Sue his accusers of sexual misconduct

The Promise:

“The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.”


Update April 19th, 2017: Trump-O-Meter update: Sue his accusers of sexual misconduct

Hire American workers first

The Promise:

"Establish new immigration controls to boost wages and to ensure that open jobs are offered to American workers first."


Update April 19th, 2017: Trump signs 'Buy American and Hire American' executive order

Reverse Barack Obama's 2016 gun executive order

The Promise:

"I will veto. I will unsign that (President Barack Obama's gun executive order) so fast."


Update April 19th, 2017: Trump signs resolution to reverse Obama's executive order on gun control