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Trump's 54 Major Successes in Office: Boosting the Economy and Helping the American People

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Trump's presidency brought about significant achievements that have positively impacted the American economy and its people.

In this article, we will explore the major successes of Donald Trump's presidency and how they have positively impacted the American economy and people. From his commitment to infrastructure projects to strengthening the constitution, we will discuss the various ways his administration has contributed to the betterment of America.

Trump's 54 Major Accomplishments:

1. Infrastructure Revitalization

One of Trump's most significant accomplishments during his presidency was his dedication to improving America's infrastructure. By investing in various projects such as roads, bridges, and airports, his administration not only created jobs but also ensured that the country's infrastructure remains strong and competitive.

2. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was a major legislative achievement for Trump's administration. This comprehensive tax reform not only simplified the tax code but also reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, which encouraged business investment and helped spur economic growth.

3. Deregulation

Trump's commitment to reducing the regulatory burden on businesses allowed for more innovation and economic growth. His administration removed many unnecessary regulations, which helped create a more business-friendly environment and allowed entrepreneurs to thrive.

4. Emphasizing American Independence

Trump's presidency focused on promoting American independence by encouraging domestic production and reducing reliance on foreign imports. This approach not only boosted the economy but also strengthened the nation's self-reliance and global competitiveness.

5. Defending the Constitution

Trump's administration prioritized the protection of constitutional rights by appointing conservative judges to federal courts, including three Supreme Court justices. These appointments have played a crucial role in safeguarding the fundamental principles that America was founded upon.

6. Criminal Justice Reform

The First Step Act was a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill signed by Trump that aimed to reduce recidivism and improve prison conditions. This legislation provided inmates with more opportunities for rehabilitation and addressed issues within the federal prison system.

7. Energy Independence

Under Trump's administration, the United States became a net exporter of energy for the first time in decades. This energy independence strengthened national security and contributed to economic growth.

8. Rebuilding the Military

Trump prioritized rebuilding the military, resulting in increased defense spending and the establishment of the Space Force as a new branch of the armed forces. These investments enhanced national security and military readiness.

9. Veterans Affairs Reform

Trump signed the VA MISSION Act, which improved healthcare services for veterans by expanding access to private healthcare providers and consolidating existing programs. This reform improved the overall quality of care for veterans.

10. Trade Policy

Trump's administration renegotiated trade agreements, such as the USMCA (replacing NAFTA), which aimed to protect American jobs and promote fair trade practices. Additionally, Trump took a strong stance on trade issues with China, imposing tariffs to address unfair trade practices.

11. Opportunity Zones

The Opportunity Zones program, created under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, encouraged investment in economically distressed areas by offering tax incentives. This program spurred economic development and job creation in struggling communities.

12. Immigration Reform

Trump's administration implemented various immigration policies, such as the travel ban and the construction of the southern border wall, aimed at enhancing national security and addressing illegal immigration.

13. Dismantling ISIS

Trump's administration successfully dismantled the Islamic State's (ISIS) territorial caliphate by working with international partners and employing a more aggressive military strategy.

14. Middle East Peace

The Abraham Accords facilitated the normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and several Arab nations, marking a significant step toward peace and stability in the Middle East.

15. Criminalizing Animal Cruelty

Trump signed the PACT Act into law, making animal cruelty a federal crime and providing greater protection for animals across the country.

16. Combating Human Trafficking

Trump's administration increased efforts to combat human trafficking, signing multiple executive orders and allocating resources to strengthen law enforcement and victim support services.

17. Opioid Crisis Response

Trump declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency and implemented policies to address the issue, including increasing access to treatment, funding for research, and expanding drug monitoring programs.

18. Expanding School Choice

Trump's administration advocated for expanding school choice, providing more educational options for parents and students, particularly in low-income communities.

19. Promoting Women's Empowerment

Trump's administration launched the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, aimed at empowering women economically around the world through job training, financial support, and legal reforms.

20. Criminalizing Fentanyl

Trump signed legislation that classified fentanyl as a Schedule I drug, providing law enforcement with greater authority to combat the deadly opioid epidemic.

21. Deregulating Healthcare

Trump's administration implemented policies to deregulate the healthcare industry, such as expanding access to short-term insurance plans and association health plans, providing consumers with more affordable options.

22. Rural Broadband Expansion

Trump signed an executive order aimed at expanding broadband internet access to rural areas, helping to bridge the digital divide and provide opportunities for economic development.

23. Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program provided forgivable loans to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to keep millions of workers employed and businesses afloat.

24. Historic Stock Market Performance

Under Trump's administration, the stock market reached record highs, reflecting investor confidence in the American economy and benefiting millions of Americans with retirement and investment

25. Prisoner Release under the First Step Act

The First Step Act led to the release of thousands of non-violent prisoners who had served excessive sentences. This reform addressed overcrowding in prisons and allowed individuals to reintegrate into society, focusing on rehabilitation rather than punishment.

26. Lowering Prescription Drug Prices

Trump signed executive orders aimed at lowering prescription drug prices by promoting transparency, and competition, and reforming the rebate system. These efforts helped make medications more affordable for millions of Americans.

27. Revoking the Iran Nuclear Deal

Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran Nuclear Deal, citing concerns about the agreement's effectiveness in preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. This move put pressure on Iran to renegotiate a more comprehensive deal.

28. HBCU Funding

Trump signed the FUTURE Act, which provided permanent funding to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions. This legislation ensured financial stability and access to education for students attending these schools.

29. Investing in STEM Education

Trump signed a memorandum directing the Department of Education to invest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, particularly for underrepresented groups. This initiative aimed to close the skills gap and prepare students for high-demand careers in the 21st century.

30. Space Force

Trump's administration established the United States Space Force as a new branch of the military, tasked with protecting U.S. interests in space and ensuring the nation's leadership in this critical domain.

31. Veterans Affairs Reforms

Trump signed several bills into law aimed at improving the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act and the VA MISSION Act. These reforms helped to enhance healthcare services and accountability within the VA.

32. Opportunity Zones

Trump's administration created Opportunity Zones to encourage long-term investment in economically distressed communities. This initiative aimed to revitalize struggling areas and create jobs by offering tax incentives for businesses and investors.

33. Criminal Justice Reform

Trump signed the First Step Act into law, which enacted significant criminal justice reforms, including reducing mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses and expanding job training programs for inmates.

34. Energy Independence

Under Trump's administration, the United States became a net energy exporter for the first time in decades. This achievement was made possible through deregulation and the promotion of domestic energy production, including oil, natural gas, and coal.

35. Expanding Access to Telehealth Services

Trump's administration expanded access to telehealth services, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. These efforts increased healthcare availability for rural and underserved communities and reduced the burden on in-person healthcare providers.

36. Improving Mental Health Care for Veterans

Trump signed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, creating a new three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This initiative aimed to improve mental health care for veterans and reduce suicide rates among this population.

37. Banning Bump Stocks

After the Las Vegas shooting in 2017, Trump's administration banned bump stocks, devices that enable semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly. This action demonstrated a commitment to addressing gun violence and promoting public safety.

38. Rebuilding the Military

Trump's administration increased defense spending and prioritized the modernization of the U.S. military. This investment helped to ensure that the nation's armed forces remain strong and capable of addressing emerging threats.

39. Right to Try Act

Trump signed the Right to Try Act, which allows terminally ill patients to access experimental treatments not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This legislation provided hope and potential life-saving options for individuals with few alternatives.

40. United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

Trump negotiated and signed the USMCA, replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This new trade deal aimed to promote economic growth and job creation by strengthening trade relations among the three countries.

41. Protecting Intellectual Property

Trump's administration took steps to protect American intellectual property, particularly from theft by foreign actors. These efforts included imposing tariffs on certain goods and negotiating trade agreements with stronger intellectual property protections.

42. Enhancing Border Security

Trump's administration made significant investments in border security, including the construction of a border wall, the deployment of additional Border Patrol agents, and the implementation of stricter immigration policies.

43. Streamlining the Federal Government

Trump's administration worked to streamline the federal government by reducing the size of certain agencies, cutting regulations, and eliminating redundant programs. These efforts aimed to improve efficiency and reduce government waste.

44. Strengthening NATO

Trump's administration encouraged NATO member countries to increase their defense spending, resulting in billions of dollars in additional funding for the alliance. This action helped to strengthen NATO's collective defense capabilities.

45. Combating Human Trafficking

Trump's administration made significant efforts to combat human trafficking, both domestically and internationally. These efforts included increased funding for law enforcement, improved victim support services, and stronger penalties for traffickers.

46. School Choice Expansion

Trump's administration advocated for the expansion of school choice programs, providing families with more educational options and opportunities. This included supporting the use of public funds for private and charter schools, as well as tax credits and scholarships for low-income families. This effort aimed to promote educational freedom and empower parents to choose the best educational environment for their children.

47. Supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

Trump's administration prioritized support for HBCUs, signing an executive order that provided funding and resources to these institutions. This action aimed to promote educational equity and opportunity for students attending HBCUs.

48. Repeal of the Individual Mandate

Trump's administration repealed the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act, which required Americans to have health insurance or face a tax penalty. This action provided greater flexibility for individuals and families in choosing their healthcare coverage.

49. Apprenticeship Programs

Trump's administration expanded apprenticeship programs, providing more opportunities for Americans to gain valuable skills and experience in high-demand industries. These programs helped to create a more skilled workforce and promote economic growth.

50. Public Safety Grants

Trump's administration allocated significant funding for public safety grants, helping local law enforcement agencies to improve their resources and capabilities. This investment aimed to enhance community safety and security.

51. Expanding Broadband Access

Trump's administration prioritized the expansion of broadband access to rural and underserved communities. This effort aimed to bridge the digital divide and ensure that all Americans have access to high-speed internet for education, healthcare, and economic development.

52. Revitalizing the American Steel Industry

Trump's administration implemented tariffs on steel imports, which helped to revitalize the American steel industry and protect domestic jobs. This action aimed to bolster a key sector of the U.S. economy and promote long-term growth.

53. Increasing Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs

Trump's administration worked to increase access to affordable prescription drugs by promoting price transparency, speeding up the approval process for generic medications, and allowing the importation of certain drugs from other countries.

54. Protecting Religious Liberties

Trump's administration took several steps to protect religious liberties, such as signing an executive order ensuring that faith-based organizations are not discriminated against by the federal government and supporting the rights of individuals to express their religious beliefs.

By examining these 54 accomplishments, it is evident that Trump's presidency had a significant impact on the American economy, society, and global standing. These successes demonstrate his commitment to improving the lives of everyday Americans and promoting the nation's interests at home and abroad.

Sources for Trump's 54 Accomplishments

1. Infrastructure Revitalization

American Infrastructure Report Card 2018

2. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Tax Cuts and Job Act

3. Deregulation

The Heritage Foundation report on deregulation

4. Emphasizing American Independence

White House Fact Sheet on American Energy Independence

6. Criminal Justice Reform

The First Step Act

7. Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act H.R. 657 - VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act

8. Right to Try Act S. 204 - Right to Try Act

9. Opioid Crisis Response - Trump Administration's Efforts on Opioid Crisis

10. U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

Office of the United States Trade Representative - USMCA Fact Sheet

11. Space Force - U.S. Space Force

12. Defeating ISIS - Defeat-ISIS Task Force

13. Jerusalem Embassy

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

14. NATO Spending

Trump tells nato to increase their defense budget

15. Energy Independence

U.S. Energy Information Administration - U.S. Energy Production

16. Criminal Alien Removals

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - FY 2019 Enforcement and Removal Operations Report

17. Opportunity Zones

U.S. Department of the Treasury - Opportunity Zones

18. Regulatory Reforms for Farmers

Trump fighting for American Farmers

19. Prison Reform

The First Step Act

20. Affordable Clean Energy Rule

EPA - Affordable Clean Energy Rule

21. Manufacturing Jobs Growth

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Manufacturing Employment

22. Prescription Drug Price Reduction

White House - Lowering Drug Prices

23. Economic Growth

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis - GDP Growth

25. Historic Low Unemployment

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Unemployment Rate

26. Workforce Development

White House - Pledge to America's Workers

27. African American Unemployment

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Unemployment Rate by Race

28. Hispanic American Unemployment

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Unemployment Rate by Ethnicity

29. Asian American Unemployment

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Unemployment Rate by Race

30. Women's Unemployment

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Unemployment Rate by Gender

31. Youth Unemployment

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Unemployment Rate by Age

32. Veterans Unemployment

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Unemployment Rate for Veterans

33. Disabled Americans Unemployment

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Unemployment Rate for People with Disabilities

34. Disabled Americans Unemployment

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Unemployment Rate for People with Disabilities

35. Energy Dominance

U.S. Energy Information Administration - U.S. Energy Production

36. Rebuilding the Military

Department of Defense - National Defense Authorization Act

37. North Korea Denuclearization

White House - Joint Statement of President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un

38. Strengthening the U.S. Military Presence in the Indo-Pacific Region

Department of Defense - Indo-Pacific Strategy Report

39. VA MISSION Act H.R. 5674 - VA MISSION Act

40. Repeal of the Individual Mandate H.R. 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

41. Energy Exploration

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management - National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program

42. Iran Nuclear Deal Withdrawal

White House - Remarks by President Trump on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

43. Trade and Tariff Policies

Office of the United States Trade Representative - Trade Policy Agenda

44. Travel Ban

U.S. Department of State - Presidential Proclamation on Travel Ban

45. School Choice Expansion

U.S. Department of Education - School Choice Programs

46-54. Additional Accomplishments - White House - Trump Administration Accomplishments

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