Trump Presidency: Failures, False Claims, and Unkept Promises

**Disclaimer! This is not a complete list of President Trump’s time in office. This document will be updated periodically with new information.**

EXECUTIVE ORDERS + EXECUTION OF LAW (For list of all executive orders visit

  • Trump proposed $5.7 billion
  • Shutdown ended without any finalized agreement on border wall funding, putting 800,000 federal workers out of work for no reason.
  • Blocked Obama administration policies that seek to prevent anti-trans discrimination in schools:
  • A New York Times investigation of the [opportunity zones] program last November found “the Trump administration’s signature plan to lift [cities] — a multibillion-dollar tax break that is supposed to help low-income areas — has fueled a wave of developments financed by and built for the wealthiest Americans.” The article spotlighted luxury developments backed by big celebrity developers and help for projects already in the works
  • Trump claims that they have created “countless jobs and $100 billion of new investment,” but there is no proof of that $100 billion, the closest figure is $47 billion as a projected number in the coming years, not the current spending.
  • Urban Institute states, “Although opportunity zones were designed to spur job creation, the vast majority of opportunity zones capital appears to be flowing into real estate, not into operating businesses.” That’s contrary to Trump’s claim that the program has created “countless jobs.”
  • Trump signed executive order to roll back Obama era restrictions on the transfer of military equipment to local PDs: “Obama also signed an executive order to create a working group to limit surplus military equipment and supplies that are provided for free to state and local law enforcement agencies under what’s called the 1033 program…tracked armored vehicles, grenade launchers and firearms/ammunition of .50 caliber and above — and a “controlled equipment list” — including wheeled armored vehicles, riot shields and helmets, and explosives. Police departments could still obtain the equipment in the latter group, but they would have to provide justification for needing it and proper training”
  • Obama-era effort: the Collaborative Reform Initiative in the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, which worked with local law enforcement to evaluate their operations, and recommend and institute changes. That program, too, ended under Trump.
  • Trump’s executive order parallels Obama’s 2015 executive order that he trashed, the Task Force on 21st Century Policing: Trump’s executive order called for the attorney general and secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to “develop opportunities to train law enforcement officers with respect to encounters with individuals suffering from impaired mental health, homelessness, and addiction” and “to increase the capacity of social workers working directly with law enforcement agencies.” The 2015 task force report recommended “multidisciplinary, community team approaches” for “responding to mental health crisis situations” as well as community problems involving “homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, and child abuse.”
  • Trump is proposing a rule allowing federally funded homeless shelters to turn away trans and gender non-conforming people, revoking 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair housing rule by Obama admin.
  • Rolled back 50 year old National Environmental Policy Act. Major infrastructure projects like pipelines and highways could be exempt from environmental reviews.


  • The Kurds are a group in northern Syria who helped fight ISIS
  • Trump allowed Turkey to invade them by withdrawing American troops in Syria
  • When Trump came into office there were 8,800 troops, they then boosted it to 14,000 troops, and then dropped it back down to 8,500 troops
  • North Korea to increase nuclear arsenal specifically saying that Trumps diplomacy didn’t work even though the “summit meeting” with Kim Jim Un and Trump was touted
  • Ending the Iran nuclear deal and re-lifted sanctions
  • Amount defense budget appropriated for procurement — buying and upgrading equipment — averaged $132 billion over the past three fiscal years. That is lower than the annual averages of $134 billion under President Barack Obama and $140 billion under President George W. Bush.
  • Labeled Antifa a terrorist organization after protests despite the FBI stating that there’s “no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence”.
  • Sending unmarked federal officers to Portland and several other U.S. cities during peaceful protests, confirmed by the Department of Homeland Services
  • Favoring of Israel

ECONOMY (disclaimer: this section compares President Trump to President Obama as a way to disprove claims by Trump about the economy under Obama)

  • Promised 5% GDP growth and it only grew 2.9%
  • Obama has better GDP growth in last 2 years than trumps first 2 years
  • GDP dropped 9.5% in July 2020 (the second quarter)
  • Added $5.2 trillion to the national debt
  • Projected debt is estimated to be $2.2 trillion higher in 2027 bc of 10 year $1.5 trillion tax cut
  • 20% of $2.3 trillion tax cuts went to wealthiest 1% who saw $62,000/year tax cut, middle ⅕ of income earners saw a $1,000/year tax cut
  • When the law is fully in effect in 8 years, 83% of cuts go to top 1%
  • This trickle down economics policy has not worked, as large corporations that saw tax cuts didn’t spend it on wages, but rather on billions in stock buybacks (buying of stock to increase its price)
  • Obama’s last 35 months: job rate at 227,000 new jobs per month, unemployment rate fell 2.0%, real wages increased 1.3%
  • Trump’s first 35 months: 191,000 new jobs per month, 1.2% drop in unemployment, .8% increase in real wages
  • E.g. Jobs in auto manufacturing grew at slower rate in Trumps first 2 years than Obama’s last 2 years (7.1% increase vs 4.6%)
  • Tax rate on foreign profits of United States companies is half of domestic profits, which shifts jobs offshore.
  • Takes credit for the United States being number 1 in energy production (oil and natural gas) but that happened in 2012 under Obama.
  • Pledged to bring coal back but it collapsed instead: Since Trump arrived in the White House, 23,400 megawatts of coal-burning power plants have been retired across the U.S. (8 coal mining comps filed for bankruptcy).
  • “More U.S. coal-fired power plants were shut in President Donald Trump’s first two years than were retired in the whole of Barack Obama’s first term, despite the Republican’s efforts to prop up the industry to keep a campaign promise to coal-mining states.”


  • Trump did not invent the idea of giving veterans the option to see private doctors outside the Department of Veterans Affairs medical system at government expense. Congress approved the private-sector Veterans Choice health program in 2014 and Obama signed it into law. Trump expanded it.
  • VA does not expect Trump’s expansion to increase the number of people in care because the private sector has longer wait times.
  • Government Accountability Office pledged money to deal with military suicide prevention but the VA only spent $57,000 of the $6.2 million allocated for it
  • Pay raises in quantity for military actually shrunk under Trump (3.4% under Obama to 2.6% at its highest under Trump)
  • “Some 2,000 to 11,000 active-duty troops are transgender, according to a 2016 RAND Corporation study commissioned by the Pentagon, though estimates of the number of transgender service members have varied widely, and are sometimes as high as 15,000.”
  • “The study found that allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military would “have minimal impact on readiness and health care costs” for the Pentagon. It estimated that health care costs would rise $2.4 million to $8.4 million a year, representing an infinitesimal 0.04 to 0.13 percent increase in spending.”
  • Trump knew about the bounty on American troops and has yet to make any repercussions.


  • ACA covers 23 million people.
  • The Congressional Budget Office estimates that “full repeal of the ACA would increase Medicare spending by $802 billion from 2016 to 2025. Full repeal would increase spending primarily by restoring higher payments to health care providers and Medicare Advantage plans. The increase in Medicare spending would likely lead to higher Medicare premiums, deductibles, and cost sharing for beneficiaries, and accelerate the insolvency of the Medicare Part A trust fund.”
  • Proof of ACA success: the typical Medicare beneficiary is paying about $700 less in premium and cost sharing this year because of slower growth in costs and repealing ACA increases cost of Medicare by 802B total
  • Slower premium growth under Obama after ACA passage:
  • Between 2002 and 2008, average family premium costs increased by 58%. Since the passage of Obamacare, in 2010, average premium costs have only increased by around 33%
  • “will erase some of the gains in insurance coverage achieved since implementation of the ACA’s coverage expansions. The resulting increases in rates of uninsurance will likely lead to increased uncompensated care and deflect hospitals and health departments from addressing other prevention and public health needs.”
  • According to government estimates, about 70,000 to 126,000 women would lose contraceptive coverage from their employers if the Trump administration (which will cause an uptick in abortions).
  • The coronavirus pandemic stripped an estimated 5.4 million American workers of their health insurance between February and May.
  • Trump’s cuts to Medicare and Medicaid make it more difficult for these people to find and access good health insurance.
  • Planned Parenthood, after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service “prohibit Title X grantees from providing or referring patients for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or medical emergency,” left the federal Title X family planning program
  • “Officials say that means patients are likely to see longer wait times or increased costs for reproductive health services.”


  • See for live updates on COVID-19 deaths and cases
  • Trump continuously endorsed malaria drugs, despite the FDA withdrawing approval for it because of a lack of evidence of effectiveness.
  • “The malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine did not help coronavirus patients and may have done harm, according to a new study based on the records of nearly 15,000 patients who received the drugs and 81,000 who did not.”
  • More likely to have abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Repercussions: “Most funding from the United States goes directly out to the program that helps countries in “all sorts of fragile and difficult settings,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergencies program, said during a press conference at the agency’s Geneva headquarters.”
  • “The U.S. restrictions that took effect Feb. 2 continued to allow travel to the U.S. from China’s Hong Kong and Macao territories over the past five months. The Associated Press reported that more than 8,000 Chinese and foreign nationals based in those territories entered the U.S. in the first three months after the travel restrictions were imposed. Additionally, more than 27,000 Americans returned from mainland China in the first month after the restrictions took effect. U.S. officials lost track of more than 1,600 of them who were supposed to be monitored for virus exposure.”
  • In the beginning of the pandemic, when there were a shortage of ventilators and lost revenue, the Trump administration did not establish or allow:
  • Revenues are collapsing so they can’t spend some money they need to spend. The federal government can fix this.
  • Federal government has bid against states.
  • “It was not until March 27th that Trump ordered General Motors to start producing ventilators under the act despite the fact that “General Motors and Ventec Life Systems on Friday reiterated their plans to make desperately needed ventilators at a GM plant in Indiana.”
  • Yet to address fixing supply chain, contact tracing, or same-day testing
  • Columbia University disease modeling estimates that 36,000 COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented if social distancing measures were implemented 1 week earlier, 54,000 deaths (83% of all deaths) if 2 weeks earlier (
  • Trump was tweeting about maintaining the economy and comparing COVID-19 to the flu at the time
  • “It will go away” and other similar rhetoric continued until July 2020, with 3.8 million coronavirus cases at the time, stating that “It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better.”
  • Does not endorse masks until July 21, 2020, months after the virus hit the United States.
  • $29.4 billion total in new funds for the Department of Defense
  • $686,000,000 just for F-35 Fighter Jets
  • Offers $10 billion of the $25 billion needed to the United States Postal Service
  • Federal government will contribute $300 over the $400/week, down from the CARES package that ended July 31st which gave $600/week.
  • Payroll tax cut, which funds Medicare and Social Security


  • Proposed a cut of $17.6 million dedicated towards supporting the Special Olympics.
  • Dedicated $5 billion in tax credits to the administration’s private school voucher system.
  • Bill also included subsidies for businesses and individuals who donate to private schools, including religious ones. Hence, taxpayers are financially supporting federal funds to the private or religious schools they prefer.
  • Defunded public K-12 education, “offsetting $4.7 billion reduction in funding for schooling for disadvantaged children and cuts in federal support for publicly funded charter schools.”
  • At over 5 million cases, Trump urges reopening of schools on Twitter, interviews, and press meetings.
  • Outbreaks in schools across the country ensue.


  • “Overall, $9.8bn has been secured since January 2017 to construct approximately 509 miles of ”new border wall system”, according to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP)…A total of 57 miles of replacement barrier and nine miles of new secondary barrier have been constructed – a total of 66 miles.”
  • No extensions to existing structures have been made.
  • The billions of dollars spent are proof of false claims by Trump during his run for office that “Mexico will pay for it.”
  • Wall’s ineffectiveness: “While most of the heroin in the US does come from Mexico, the DEA says the majority of it is smuggled in through legal ports of entry, hidden in privately-owned vehicles or transporter lorries, mixed with other goods…Only a small percentage of the heroin seizures were between entry points – where barriers exist or are proposed.”
  • “Under Mr. Trump, the Justice Department announced its “zero-tolerance policy” for illegally entering the United States in April 2018”
  • 3,0000 children forcibly separated from adult family members.
  • Children are still being separated since the rollback of policy.
  • “At least seven children are known to have died in immigration custody since last year, after almost a decade in which no child reportedly died while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”
  • Tried to end Obama-era DACA program, which protects over 700,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation.
  • The Supreme Court ruled against this.
  • Tighter border security and poor living conditions at the border have resulted in 4,500 complaints in 4 years about sexual abuse of immigrant childdren who were being helded at government-funded detention facilities.
  • 178/1,303 most serious cases were accusations that an adult staff member had sexually assaulted immigrant children, rest were minors to other minors
  • The UN Human Rights Council “saw migrant children separated from their parents at the border, suggesting it ”may amount to torture”’.
  • Bans nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.
  • June 2018: The Supreme Court ruled it constitutional, including the 2 judges Trump appointed.
  • “The original order issued in January 2017 barred people from seven majority-Muslim countries – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya – from entering the US for 90 days.”
  • Revised order removed Iraq and lifted ban on Syrian refugees.
  • Short-term visas granted to Iranians fell from 1,650 per month in FY 2017 to 501 the following year, according to the Migration Policy Institute.
  • UPDATE: February 20, 2020: “The Trump administration recently announced restrictions on permanent immigration for people from Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.” (

ENVIRONMENT (“A running list of how President Trump is changing environmental policy”:

  • 197 countries signed on to the agreement in 2015 and made national pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Takes the United States out of national conversation and collaboration on climate change.
  • “finalizing a plan that would effectively eliminate requirements that oil companies install technology to detect and fix methane leaks from oil and gas facilities. By the federal government’s own calculations, the rollback would increase methane emissions by 370,000 tons through 2025, equivalent to what it would take to power more than a million homes for a year.”
  • “It [National Environmental Policy Act] requires agencies to analyze and disclose the extent to which proposed federal actions or infrastructure projects affect the environment, from local wildlife habitat to the projected levels of greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.”
  • “The NEPA change is likely to have an outsized impact on low-income neighborhoods that are already disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards, said Kerene N. Tayloe, director of federal environmental affairs at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, an advocacy group.”
  • Trump signed executive memos to advance construction, which were previously blocked by Obama.
  • “The State Department estimated that Keystone would support 42,000 temporary jobs for two years — about 3,900 of them in construction and the rest through indirect support, like food service — but only 35 permanent jobs.”
  • Storm caused a death toll of over 3,000 people.
  • Trump ignores high death count, stating, “”Every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here, with really a storm that was just totally overpowering, nobody’s ever seen anything like this,”
  • Claims high successes while ignoring death and destruction, tossing paper towels out to a crowd of people.


  • Using military aid to pressure Ukraine into giving information on a potential candidate in the 2020 election, Joe Biden.
  • Mueller Report
  • “the report showed extensive evidence of contacts between Trump campaign advisers and people tied to the Kremlin — including a longstanding associate of the onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Konstantin V. Kilimnik, whom the report identified as a “Russian intelligence officer.”
  • “Though there was no evidence of any agreement between the Russians and the Trump campaign to work together, there was clear coordination, said Senator Angus King, a Maine independent who caucuses with the Democrats and is a member of the Intelligence Committee.”
  • “According to Bolton, at a G-20 meeting in Osaka, Japan, Trump pressed Xi to buy agricultural products from U.S. farmers, who are an important voting bloc to Trump. Bolton writes that Trump also encouraged Xi and China to go ahead with prison camps for the largely minority Uighur dissidents.”
  • “Without the additional money, he said, the Postal Service won’t have the resources to handle a flood of ballots from voters who are seeking to avoid polling places during the coronavirus pandemic…“If we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money,” Trump told host Maria Bartiromo. “That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting; they just can’t have it.”’
  • No evidence of increased fraud for mail-in voting (


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