Trump’s list: 289 accomplishments in just 20 months

31 October 2018
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Here are key excerpts from the article Trump’s list: 289 accomplishments in just 20 months, ‘relentless’ promise-keeping, by Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner, October 30, 2018:

The Trump administration’s often overlooked list of achievements has surpassed those of former President Ronald Reagan at this time and more than doubled since the last tally of accomplishments after his first year in office...

... the administration has counted up 289 accomplishments in 18 categories, capped by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

They include 173 major wins, such as adding more than 4 million jobs, and another 116 smaller victories, some with outsize importance, such as the 83 percent one-year increase in arrests of MS-13 gang members...

Border Security and Immigration

Secured $1.6 billion for border wall construction in the March 2018 omnibus bill.

Construction of a 14-mile section of border wall began near San Diego.

Worked to protect American communities from the threat posed by the vile MS-13 gang.

  • ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year.
  • Justice worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members.
  • Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017.

Fighting to stop the scourge of illegal drugs at our border.

  • ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin.
  • ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl.
  • ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017.
  • Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out the United States.
  • Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids.
  • DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
  • DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.

Released an immigration framework that includes the resources required to secure our borders and close legal loopholes, and repeatedly called on Congress to fix our broken immigration laws.

Authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure the border.

Enhanced vetting of individuals entering the U.S. from countries that don’t meet security standards, helping to ensure individuals who pose a threat to our country are identified before they enter.

These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing.

ICE removed over 226,000 illegal aliens from the United States in 2017.

  • ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017 alone.

In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or charges, responsible for

  • Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses.
  • More than 48,000 with assault offenses.
  • More than 11,000 with weapons offenses.
  • More than 5,000 with sexual assault offenses.
  • More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses.
  • Over 1,800 with homicide offenses.

Created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime.

More than doubled the number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody....



Economic Growth

4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018.

For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year.



4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office....

African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows.

  • African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018.
  • Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent.
  • Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2 percent....

American Income

Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high....

American Business

Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts. ...


Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during his first year in office....

Tax Cuts

Biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law ...

Worker Development

Established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining America’s workers for high-demand industries....

Domestic Infrastructure

Proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment across the country....

Health Care

Signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households...

Combating Opioids

Chaired meeting the 73rd General Session of the United Nations discussing the worldwide drug problem with international leaders....

Law and Order

More U.S. Circuit Court judges confirmed in the first year in office than ever...

Followed through on the promise to nominate judges to the Supreme Court who will adhere to the Constitution

Nominated and confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court...


Negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States...

See the original article for the complete list of President Trump's 289 accomplishments in just 20 months.


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