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The love-hate year of Donald Trump as America’s President

One Year After the Election

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - It has been 12 months since Donald Trump defeated his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and became the President of the United States. 

Since then, Trump has made global headlines almost every week, either for his claims to the contribution he has made to the U.S. economy or a controversial probe against his alleged campaign ties with Russia that made him America’s Commander-in-Chief.

Trump has bragged several times about the U.S. stock market. 

Last month, the U.S. President reportedly said that markets had put on so much value since he won the election that he had wiped out much of the American national debt.

Experts have however argued that the claim makes no conceptual sense. 

While it is true that market valuations have increased by $4 trillion, the increase in value cannot be completely attributed to Trump. 

European markets have also been up since Trump’s election.

Meanwhile, Trump has also claimed an increase in jobs in the U.S. but there isn’t much proof of that in official data. 

Since Trump became president, unemployment has dipped 4.1 percent.

During his campaign, Trump had said he would get growth up by 4 percent but as he was unable to implement any of his economic policies, the GDP growth rate this year will only represent what Obama left him with.

Further, during his campaign, Trump had made some unusual promises. Some made sense while others were completely outrageous. 

Some of the promises that he has broken since becoming president are:

Obamacare

Trump wanted to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare. 

He had even said he would repeal it on the first day of his presidency but he soon realized it was “complicated.”

His office still has not found a way to replace Obamacare.

The Wall

Trump had said that he would build a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico, which would be paid for by the Mexicans. 

But that process of him building a wall got halted after budget negotiations with the Democrats.

Prosecuting Hillary Clinton

One of his promises during the campaign was that he would prosecute Hillary Clinton. 

He said during the campaign, “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation.”

But soon after he won, he said that the country should be grateful to Hillary Clinton.

Some other promises that he has reportedly broken are no vacation days and tax cuts for all.

But Trump has kept some promises like withdrawing from the Paris climate change accord, making U.S. is the only nation in the world that is not a part of the climate deal. 

He has also kept the promise of reducing environmental regulations. 

He has followed on the promise of cracking down on immigration. 

He had said all undocumented immigrants would have to go. 

But he reduced his promise from deporting all 11.3 million undocumented immigrants to deporting only those with criminal records, which is closer to 800,000 people.

How has Trump fared in ratings?

Since World War II, Donald Trump is the only president to have had such bad ratings. 

The only other president to have bad ratings one year on was Gerald Ford.

According to reports, American University professor Allan Lichtman, who has successfully predicted presidential outcomes over the past 30 years - including Trump's win - is now forecasting his impeachment. 

He said, “Certainly the lack of any significant accomplishment at home and abroad - and scandals that seem to be piling up - would bode not well at all.”

 

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