In four years, Trump has unfinished business

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump took office as an outsider nearly four years ago, promising to gain unrivaled knowledge of the art of the deal through quick willpower on behalf of the American people .

He has checked out a few items on his to-do list.

Trump pushed through the most significant overhaul of the US tax system since President Ronald Reagan. Trump, as he said, would tilt the Supreme Court further to the right in the coming days with the confirmation of two conservative justices and a third Amy Connie Barrett. Their promise to tighten on illegal immigration has resulted in an increase in migrant fears on the US-Mexico border.

But Trump has also faced the same hard truth that each of his White House predecessors had learned: Governing is rarely easy.

Take a look at some unfinished business of the president as he asks voters for a second term in the White House:


Trump has managed to undermine President Barack Obama’s health care law, but has fallen far short of his promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

His administration has managed to remove parts of the law. Enrollment periods have been reduced, some subsidies have been eliminated and individual mandates – penalties for people without health insurance have been abolished.

Trump says he is still focusing on replacing “something better and less expensive”. He said in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that the Supreme Court would abolish “Obamacare” if the Supreme Court challenges it next month.

The number of untrained Americans has increased under Trump’s supervision. According to Census Bureau data released last month, about 30 million people in the US lacked coverage at some point during 2019, about 1 million more than the previous year.


“Days of Expiration”

Trump has made only modest progress toward fulfilling his 2016 pledge, which he calls America’s “endless war.”

When Trump took over the White House, the US military in Afghanistan numbered about 8,400, and Iraq had about 6,800 troops.

Within a year, the number of troops in Afghanistan rose to around 15,000. Trump approved commanders’ requests for failures in training Afghan forces for additional troops, enough pressure to fight an increasingly dangerous Islamic State group and force the Taliban to table peace.

In February, the US and the Taliban signed an agreement that calls for the final full withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.

With a look toward the election, Trump has intensified his push to bring troops home, saying that all US troops could be out of Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Pentagon officials said the number of troops in Afghanistan will come down to 4,500 in November. But defense officials say there are no plans to house all Afghan soldiers by the end of the year. US officials also say that there are currently no approved plans to reduce the number to 2,500 by early next year. Officials were not authorized to publicly discuss internal discussions and on the condition of anonymity.

In Iraq, the number of US troops has decreased from about 5,000 to 3,000, although officials say the number fluctuates more as units move in and out.


The wall

During his 2016 primary run, Trump sought to mark his ground as a hard-line immigration envoy that would build “a great, great wall on our southern border.”

“And I’ll pay Mexico for that wall,” Trump said as he launched his run for the White House in June 2015.

Nearly four years later, Trump still has work to complete his wall and much has been completed, paid for by US taxpayers as promised otherwise.

The President’s administration has promised to build 450 miles by the end of this year and build 371 so far. Trump has removed hundreds of miles of old, worn-out barriers, which only mean stopping cars, tall, 30-foot fencing is extremely difficult and crossing the border kills wildlife. Conservationists in Arizona, where a large portion of the building has been taken, say the new wall is harmful to wildlife and surrounding ecosystems.

Mexico has strongly refused to pay for the border wall, although Trump suggested earlier this year that the wall be paid, partly, from Mexican immigrants working in the US By dispatch

To date, the money is coming from the US Treasury, meaning today’s taxpayers and future people who will receive the federal debt. Anyone illegally arriving in America is kicking for the wall, this is because they are working and paying taxes like other workers.

Trump last year freed up $ 3.6 billion for a $ 2.5 billion wall from approved counterdrug spending, along with withdrawing money from military construction projects.


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Under his chairmanship, Trump expressed confidence that his administration could broker for a long-term peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. “We’ll get it done,” Trump declared in May 2017. He engaged his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

Trump moved the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move that Israelis and evangelical Christian supporters of the president rejoiced in the US but angered Palestinian leaders. He won a major victory in recent weeks to normalize relations with Israel – the US, Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates – with three Arab states.

The normalization of relations between Israel and the three Arab countries is certainly an important achievement. But agreements between nations that were never in direct conflict do not move the ball meaningfully in achieving the larger and longer elusive goal of achieving peace between the Palestinians and Israelis.



The White House’s multiple attempts to designate “Infrastructure Week” – each effort is quickly eclipsed by other issues – have become something of an ongoing punchline in administration.

In his 2016 victory speech, Trump said he would rebuild the nation’s highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools and hospitals, which would make American infrastructure “second to none” and cost millions to work in the process. Will apply.

Nearly four years later, Trump’s growing rhetoric has failed to produce legislation.

In April 2019, Trump signed an agreement with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y, to pursue a $ 2 trillion infrastructure plan. This March, he revived the idea for a “VERY BIG & BOLD” plan for infrastructure spending to help shock the lagging economy following the coronovirus epidemic.

While Pelosi and Schumer again pledged their support behind large infrastructure spending, Senate Republicans insisted on deficit spending and Trump’s sales pitch went nowhere with his own party.


Trumps taxis

On the debate stage four years ago, Trump said his federal income taxes were “under a routine audit”, but promised that he would be released as soon as the IRS expired.

Four years later, Trump says the IRS still hasn’t finished its job, and the president has yet to deliver on his promise to release his tax returns. No law prevents Trump from making his tax filings public during an audit.

Questions about Trump’s tax returns – and his broader financial standing – have only increased after such revelations that he is personally liable for more than $ 400 million in debt. Ethics experts say that due to the burden of debt, he raises those concerns, due to which he becomes indebted.

The New York Times reported last month that Trump’s debt included more than $ 300 million in loans coming over the next four years.

Trump dismissed his debt load with his assets as “peanuts”.

The President is the only Water-Watergate president who does not release his tax returns.


Associated Press authors Robert Burns, Hope Yen, Calvin Woodward and Astrid Galvan contributed to this report.


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