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Honestly, I'm not personally inclined to support Trump because his rhetoric and misinformation tactics rub me the wrong the way, but I make a point to consume centered media as often as I can and I genuinely don't tend to hear much about any "good" Trump has done for the country while in office. Trump supporters that I talk to say this is because "the media is against/attacking Trump," and while and I can concede that maybe NPR isn't as centered as I thought, I think it may also be because he makes a good headline.

I think if I knew more about his policy, I might have a more nuanced/less emotionally charged view of him, which is very valuable to me. I honestly don't know how else to attempt to inform myself about this unbiasedly because of how politically/emotionally charged it can get.

  1. Is the media underreporting Trump's success? or I am just listening to/reading left leaning media without knowing (NPR, Bloomberg, BBC Global)?

  2. I would appreciate some bullet points about his economic policy, social reform, and foreign policy, but add anything you think is important. I intent to use this as a jumpstart for further research.

  • I was sure there was a question a while back about which of Trump's policies he had successfully implemented, but I can't seem to find it. – F1Krazy Sep 19 at 13:35
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    @CDJB That's the one I was trying to find earlier, good job. – F1Krazy Sep 19 at 14:00
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    I'm a little confused by the fact that this question is marked as a duplicate of a closed question. How does that make sense? Either we should remove the duplicate tag, or reopen the other question. – Ted Wrigley Sep 19 at 16:48
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    By "successful" do you mean that the administration succeded in implementing the policy or that the policy was beneficial? The first comment above assumes the former, but the second comment assumes the latter. Without making this clear in the question, confusing and conflicting answers are probably guaranteed. The second question is, of course, much more difficult to treat objectively. Furthermore, your question suggests the second interpretation by mentioning "'any 'good' Trump has done for the country," while the answers take the first interpretation. – phoog Sep 19 at 17:27
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We can go straight to the horse's mouth (as it were) and look at the Trump administration's claims of accomplishment on whitehouse.gov. The page itself is amateurish — a set of bullet points with no structure, a lot of redundancy, and the occasional lapse into a carnival barker's tone ("SEE the great accomplishments!!!") — but seems like an accurate (if loose) reflection of the administration's achievements.

If I were to impose structure on it, I would break the list down into the following sections:

  • Economic
    • Employment benchmarks for various minority groups
    • Increases in the manufacturing and retail sectors, and in exports, particularly in coal and gas
    • Tax cuts
  • Immigration
    • Various travel bans, restrictions, and the beginnings of The Wall
  • Foreign policy
    • Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord, Iran Deal, NAFTA (though reaching a new deal with Mexico in the last case)
    • Various tariffs on various governments for various reasons
  • Domestic
    • Removal of various regulations (including and specifically the Clean Power Plan)
    • Securing an increased military budget
    • Appointment of numerous judges

All told, much of his term has been spent undoing the efforts of previous administrations (particularly the Obama administration), and advancing isolationist policy. Many of the things Trump claims as positive achievements were passive achievements — things that happened without any overt action or messaging on Trump's part, such as the economic benchmarks and increases — making it unclear whether they relate to Trump's administration or are ongoing reflections of Obama's recovery program from the 2008 economic collapse. In any case, most of these passive achievements have been gutted by Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, though naturally that isn't reflected on a partisan page of this sort.

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  • But why should we be expected to believe the White House claims? – jamesqf Sep 21 at 2:20
  • Some of them are factual; some exaggerations; some pure fabrications. I think anyone who tries can see the difference. – Ted Wrigley Sep 21 at 2:27
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Since @yannis removed my comments and wants me to post it as an answer, here it is:

  1. Trump moved the United States Israeli embassy to Jerusalem and facilitated the first Israel-Arab peace deal in 26 years. He also replaced NAFTA - that is in the foreign policy. There are also deals with N. Korea and China but this is in progress. Same is with respect to Iran. ISIS is basically dead, which is also a success.

  2. Trump signed a Criminal Justice Reform act - that is social policy.

  3. Trump administration enabled a large Tax cut - that is economics policy. There are other things too: regulations, stock market growth, etc.

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  • 1) He didn't replace NAFTA, he unilaterally nuked it and is trying to renegotiate a better deal despite having little to offer. The "deal" with NK is a joke that absolutely no one takes seriously, and he started a trade war with China by repeatedly shooting himself in the foot. He also unilaterally broke a treaty with Iran that had strong international support and was widely seen as finally making some actual progress, and despite claims of ISIS' demise the whole middle east hasn't gotten any safer. – Shadur Sep 20 at 11:23
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    @Shadur: I do not know who you are. If you live in the US, it probably benefited you too. Did you give your money to rich corporations? It certainly benefited me and I am neither rich nor a corporation. But all this is totally irrelevant to the question. The tax cut was a success. Trump promised it and delivered. – JCAA Sep 20 at 11:38
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    @JCAA speaking for myself, as a senior with income less than 100K, the Trump Tax Cut had an immediate impact on me - it increased my tax bill. If there were other benefits (to me) I have not observed them yet. – BobE Sep 20 at 16:47
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    @Shadur: FYI: NAFTA has been replaced by USMCA. – JCAA Sep 20 at 17:20
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    @jamesqf: I suspect that you are not ready to call anything related to Trump "accomplishment". But here you go: #1 is certainly a great accomplishment. It is much bigger than Clinton's Oslo accord. And Bill Clinton tried very hard as you may know. About 2 - since I have not, fortunately, any interaction with the Justice system, I do not know. But Trump promised it in 2016 and he delivered. Compare this with Obama's promise to close Gitmo "in his first day in office". About 3 I have written already. By the way, inspite of the virus, the stocks keep going up. – JCAA Sep 21 at 2:36

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