President Trump made lots of campaign promises to the American people, and with just over two months in office, it’s clear that the President’s word is not his bond.
Candidate Trump promised that he’d repeal and replace Obamacare with his own plan. He promised that his plan would provide better benefits, lower premiums, and cover everyone. Last month Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, introduced the American Health Care Act. The now discarded plan failed to provide coverage to everyone, would’ve allowed insurance companies to discontinue coverage for basic services, would’ve slashed Medicaid funding, would’ve caused premiums for the elderly and sick to skyrocket, and would’ve caused tens of millions of Americans to lose coverage. In short, it would’ve done the exact opposite of what Trump promised, and clearly showed he never had his own plan, and more importantly, never had any intention of keeping this promise.
Candidate Trump also promised that he had a “secret plan” to defeat the jihadist terrorist group known as ISIS within 30 days. He stated at the time that he didn’t want to unveil his plan because President Obama or Hillary Clinton would steal his ideas. Two and half months into his presidency, ISIS is as active as ever, and it’s clear that there was never any secret plan to defeat ISIS.
Candidate Trump also promised to build a “big beautiful wall” along the US-Mexico border, and vowed that Mexico would pay for it. He led his supporters with hypnotic back and forth calls of “What are we going to build? A wall! Who’s going pay for it? Mexico!” Alas, President Trump’s proposed budget for the remainder of 2017 and 2018 calls for Congress to appropriate American taxpayer moneys to pay for the wall.
Candidate Trump strongly criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement, calling it a disaster, and promised that on day one he’d begin renegotiating NAFTA. On March 30, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump administration had recently signaled to Congress that it would be proposing only “modest” changes to NAFTA. Modest changes to remedy a disaster? To date, no renegotiation of NAFTA has begun, even for modest revisions. To paraphrase former presidential contender Ross Perot, it looks like Trump has given a NAFTA “shafta” to the voters.
Candidate Trump, who strongly criticized President Obama’s golf outings, also promised voters that he wouldn’t have time for this because he’d be too busy working. Since becoming president nine weeks ago, he’s visited the golf links thirteen times, including eight weeks in a row.
In his book “The Art of the Deal,” Trump boasted he could pull off big business deals because people were gullible and believe anything. In his business career, he’s broken his promises to repay his creditors as evidenced by his numerous bankruptcy filings and unpaid contractors. President Trump’s broken promises should therefore come as no surprise.
Mr. President keep your promises to the American people or keep them to yourself.