In the four years of Donald Trump being president, he has signed upwards of 175 executive orders. In his initial campaign in 2016, he vowed to put many policies in place in regards to things like the economy, immigration and other social issues.
With him seeking a second term in office in the 2020 election, here is a look back on all of the policies he vowed to put in place during his presidency, along with all that he did.
The US-Mexico border
Vow: Perhaps one of the most popular phrases that came out of the 2016 presidential election was “build the wall.” Trump planned to build a wall between the US Mexico border to limit immigrants entering the country from Mexico. He claimed that the funding for the wall would come from Mexico.
Reality: Of the 216 miles built since Trump’s presidency, they only replaced outdated or run down fencing. Only about “3 miles of new border wall system (have been) constructed in locations where no barriers previously existed,” according to Homeland Security’s June 19 status report on the wall.
Vow: Trump vowed to deport millions of illegal immigrants out of the country, as well as put heavy restrictions on the number of immigrants being let in the US each year.
“For those here illegally today who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and one route only,” Trump said in an August 2016 speech given in Phoenix, Arizona. “To return home and apply for re-entry like everybody else under the rules of the new legal immigration system that I have outlined today.”
Reality: In the four years he has been president, he did just that. In January of 2017, Trump signed an executive order that suspended all refugee admission into the country from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The order also lowered the amount of refugees allowed into the country in 2017 from 110,000, to 50,000.
This order was dubbed the “Muslim ban” by many opposers, but Trump denied the claims, saying that it wasn't about religion, it was a matter of security.
Vow: President Trump vowed to support the 2nd Amendment, but was in favor of imposing certain restrictions. He stated that he was in favor of stronger background checks for those who were deemed to be mentally ill.
When asked on twitter in 2013 for his thoughts on gun control, he stated “Big Second Amendment believer but background checks to weed out the sicko's are fine.”
“We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain. Likewise for those so seriously wounded. We can never forget them, and those many who came before them. Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!,” Trump tweeted Aug. 5th 2019.
Overall though Trump was in favor of “law abiding citizens” being able to carry guns, and on some occasions stated that if more have been, some shootings could have been prevented.
"You can say what you want, but if they had guns -- if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry -- it would have been a much, much different situation," he said at a Texas rally in 2015.
Reality: On Feb. 28, 2017, President Trump signed H.J. Res. 40, cancelling out the Obama-era law, ending the Social Security Administration's requirement to enter the names of people who receive mental health benefits into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. This database is used by the FBI to determine who is able to purchase firearms.
This law was signed by Obama before he left office, but not ever fully enforced. With that, the Trump Administration banned the sale and use of bump stocks in Dec. 2018. Bump stocks are a gun attachment that can be used on semi-automatic guns to increase the speech in which bullets can be fired.
Overall, Trump has taken steps to protect the second amendment, but has made some policies, such as banning bump stocks, to keep guns in regulation.
Vow: Trump has been pro-life for the entirety of his campaign and presidency. In the election, he vowed to defund Planned Parenthood, and to look at overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision to protect a woman’s right to have an abortion without strict government scrutiny. This view gained him support with a lot of Christian voters in the election, and a lot of animosity from women’s rights activists.
Reality: While Roe v. Wade still stands and Planned Parenthood has not been defunded, Trump has imposed some restrictions on the organization. In 2019, Trump put into place a mandate that taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately. He also put into place a requirement that clinics maintain separate finances from facilities that provide abortions, along with the fact that both kinds of facilities cannot be under the same roof.