There is accomplishment. At times hidden in the dark and lonely corners of the internet and in tiny letters at the very bottom of the CNN webpage. Here are some:
1. Withdrew from TPP
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and the United States. It contains measures to lower both non-tariff and tariff barriers to trade, and establish an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism. It also contains strong measures to ensure environmental protection, good governance and promote human rights in countries lagging behind in those areas.
As is well known, in Donald Trump’s first week in office he signed an executive order announcing the withdrawal of the US from TPP. Trump said the deal would cost the US jobs.
2. Crackdown on illegal immigration
Since taking office and signing new executive orders for ICE and border patrol, Illegal crossings have dropped by around 65% percent and ICE arrests are up 40%.http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/06/10/new-illegal-immigration-numbers-reveal-trumps-incredible-impact-on-the-border/ http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/18/ice-arrests-under-trump-jump-40-percent-as-border-crossings-drop.html
3. Implemented new tactic to crackdown on imports avoiding paying tariffs.
In April the president signed executive orders to crackdown in illegal trade, as commerce secretary Wilber Ross explained “What had happened was that the very clever importers, who are beating the laws in a lot of ways, set up shell companies [in the US]—those do the technical importing. Then when we levee a fine there’s no financially responsible party there. So this’ll call for a process of bonding or putting up letters of credit or cash to make sure that when we levee a fine, we collect it.”
Trump also ordered investigations into illegal dumping of steel and aluminum. The reports have yet to be released.
4. Negotiated release of American held in Egypt
The President negotiated the release of Aya Hijazi, an American charity worker jailed in Egypt for 3 years on (according to the US) absurd charges together with her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, who is Egyptian, and four other humanitarian workers.. The Washington Post, a newspaper that has no love for the president to say the least reports: “The Obama administration unsuccessfully pressed Sissi’s government for their release. It was not until Trump moved to reset U.S. relations with Egypt by embracing Sissi at the White House on April 3 — he publicly hailed the autocrat’s leadership as “fantastic” and offered the U.S. government’s “strong backing” — that Egypt’s posture changed. Last Sunday, a court in Cairo dropped all charges against Hijazi and the others.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/freed-egyptian-american-prisoner-returns-home-following-trump-intervention/2017/04/20/d569fe1e-2608-11e7-bb9d-8cd6118e1409_story.html?utm_term=.11195a6d0010
5. Release of American held in North Korea
On June 12, 2017 American student Otto Warmbier was returned home from imprisonment in north Korea. He came home in a coma with severe brain damage. At the direction of the President, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson set in motion a diplomatic mission to secure his release led by State Department Special Representative Joseph Yun. CNN reports: The diplomatic process began on June 6 when State Department Special Representative Joseph Yun met with North Korean UN Mission Ambassador Pak Kil-yon in New York City and learned of Warmbier’s deteriorating health condition, according to a senior State Department official. After that meeting in New York, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson consulted with President Donald Trump and instructed Yun to prepare to travel to North Korea with the intent of bringing Warmbier back to the United States.”
At a press conference, Otto’s father said spoke with disappointment of the Obama administration’s advice to the family “to keep a low profile.” The Obama administration had called for “strategic patience” with North Korea, a policy the Trump administration has publicly departed from. When asked Thursday if the Obama administration could have done more to free their son, Fred Warmbier replied: “I think the results speak for themselves.” The “time for strategic patience is over,” he said.
6. China mini-trade deal
On Thursday, May 11, approximately one month following the Presidential Summit between President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China, Secretary of Commerce Wilber Ross announced that the two sides had reached “consensus on initial commitments” on agricultural trade, financial services, investment, and energy. Highlighting the deal was China’s commitment to open their market to American beef, a $2.5 billion market. On June 12 USDA announced that “U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the U.S. to begin the beef exports to China.” Secretary of Agricultre Sonny Perdue added “I have no doubt that as soon as the Chinese people get a taste of American beef they’ll want more of it.” Since than China has opened its markets to American rice, dairy products, and oil.
7. Withdrew from Paris Climate accord
The President announced that the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate accord. According to a Heritage Energy Model by the Heritage Foundation, the accord would have caused an overall average shortfall of nearly 400,000 jobs, increases in household electricity expenditures between 13 percent and 20 percent, and gross domestic product (GDP) loss of over $2.5 trillion.
8. War on regulation
On Trump’s war on regulations, Politico reports: “The effect has been immediate and dramatic: According to data compiled by POLITICO, significant federal regulation since Trump’s inauguration has slowed to an almost total halt.
From Inauguration Day until the end of May, just 15 regulations were approved by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), the White House department that reviews important new federal rules. That’s by far the fewest among comparable periods since recordkeeping began in the 1990s: Ninety-three rules were approved during the same period in Barack Obama’s administration, and 114 under George W. Bush.
The administration announced that six months in, 860 regulations had been dumped.
According to a study by the American Action Forum, just 11 of the rules deleted will save the economy $1.1 billion a year.
Highlighting the effort so far is an executive order “establishing discipline and accountability in the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects,” bringing wait times for federal permits for infrastructure projects from 7 years (!!) to a two-year goal for completion of the permitting process.
9. Mexico sugar deal
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross struck a deal with Mexico ending a long-standing dispute over Mexican sugar imports, averting a trade war, eased tensions between the two countries about to sit down to talk NAFTA, and received significant concessions from Mexico. The deal has Mexico shift its exports to a smaller proportion of refined sugar and a larger proportion of raw sugar to the United States. While refined sugar can go straight to market, raw sugar gives Americans the job to refine it, more work means more jobs.
10. Canada crackdown
In April, the department of commerce announced new tariffs averaging 20 percent on Canadian softwood lumber imports. The Department ruled that Canadian imports were unfair to American lumber, since in Canada lumber is taken from state owned forests charging artificially low prices, while American lumber is largely from private lands charging the normal price. In addition Trump slapped tariffs on Canadian paper and airplanes.
The tariffs were also in response to Canada refusing to open its market to American dairy, a move that is very bad for American farmers. A few hours before the announced of the tariffs President Trump tweeted: “Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!”
11. Power delegated to the military
Though not an “accomplishment,” its significant: Soon after taking office, the president granted U.S. commanders the authority to order attacks in countries with little American military presence. Under the Obama administration, commanders in countries with relatively small US military presence had to seek permission from the White House before an attack or airstrike. Reportedly, that approval process was frustrating and unnecessarily complex for U.S. military leaders there, requiring commanders to submit memos justifying the action to the White House. That, part of a larger shift in leadership. President Obama was criticized for “micromanaging” the military, but President Trump is criticized for giving the pentagon too much power. In another example, the President has given Secretary of Defense James Mattis authority over troop numbers in Iraq, Syria, and most significantly, Afghanistan. Apparently, something out of the question under Obama.
The result had been that we are crushing ISIS.
12. Doubled Budget for Apprenticeships
Newly released data indicating 6 million U.S. job vacancies. How can this be if there are 6.9 million unemployed? CEOs’ answer is that the people do not have the skills they are looking for. With the normal American going to college and studying university subjects, there are little left with skill and knowledge of jobs that are less sophisticated more “hands on,” jobs in manufacturing, electricity, carpentry, construction, and such. Many see the solution in “apprenticeships,” programs to teach and train workers “on the job.” The President signed an executive order promoting apprenticeships by reducing overly rigid requirements for administering apprenticeship programs, establishing a Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, and more than doubling the government’s spending on apprenticeship programs.
13. Modernizing Government Systems
In the first steps of the Trump team’s quest to update the government’s IT systems, the VA will adopt the same electronic health records system as the Department of Defense, which will ultimately result in all patient data residing in one common system and enable seamless care between the Departments without the manual and electronic exchange and reconciliation of data between two separate systems. There is a VA accountability office, established by executive order last month, and a White House hotline to receive veterans’ complaints. A “soft launch” of that hotline begins Thursday, with plans to be fully operational by Aug. 15.
In addition, Office of Management and Budget announced on June 15 that it was rescinding 50 IT procurement and management policies deemed “redundant, obsolete or unnecessary,” and modifying nine more — resulting in the savings of potentially tens of thousands of staff hours.
But more importantly, Trump signed an EO directing all federal agencies to basically convince Trump that they are necessary. The reports will be due next year.
14. Energy Dominance.
Many Republicans talk about “Energy Independents.” Trump is working on Energy Dominance. Making the USA an energy exporter and liberating nations of eastern Europe from dependence on Russian oil. American gas and oil is reaching China, Egypt, Kuwait, Mexico, Poland, Lithuania and many more.
Trump is doing this by lifting environmental and exporting restrictions on oil companies. For example, plans for a LNG exporting facility on the west coast was shot down twice by the Obama administration, even though a west coast facility would make American LNG shipping to Asia more realistic. But now they are trying again, expecting to be given the thumbs up.
In addition, other countries know that American energy dominance is important to Trump. So, for example, in the words of a bloomberg.com headline “Fear of a Trump Trade Tantrum Has South Korea Looking to U.S. Shale.” And sure enough, now, the South Korean state-owned gas supplier, KOGAS, has commenced a 20-year agreement to supply 3.5 million tons of LNG to South Korea from the Sabine Pass Liquefaction facility in Louisiana. This is more than 10% of South Korea’s annual demand. The Trump administration estimates this deal to be near $25 billion.