Washington – President Donald Trump has fulfilled some promises he made in his first campaign in 2016 such as reducing regulations, renegotiating trade agreements and donating his salary. But in many critical areas, he has not kept his word.
Here are some cases where the rhetoric has not coincided with reality:
With Trump, the economy will grow at a sustainable rate of “at least 3.5% or 4%.”
WHAT HAPPENED: Growth has largely followed the same trend of the Barack Obama era. Gross domestic product grew 2.4% in Trump’s first year, 2.9% in 2018 and 2.3% last year. The increases mean the economy is improving, but not as fast as the Republican promised.
In declaring his candidacy, Trump first said he would “reduce our debt of 18 billion” and later promised not only to balance the budget, but to pay off all national debt.
WHAT HAPPENED: The opposite. The budget deficit increased 19% in the first four months of this year compared to the same period of the previous year. Now the United States is on its way to registering its first $ 1 billion deficit since 2012. The national debt is now more than 23 billion.
In announcing his candidacy in June 2015, Trump promised to build a large wall on the southern border and make Mexico pay for it.
WHAT HAPPENED: Mexico is not paying. Instead, the president is diverting money from military construction projects and using resources used in the fight against drugs to pay for the construction of the wall.
Trump promised that taxes would go up for the wealthiest.
WHAT HAPPENED: Taxes on the rich went down and did not go up in the vast majority of cases. The maximum income tax rate fell from 39.6% to 37% thanks to the tax reform promoted by Republicans. People who earn between $ 50,000 and $ 100,000 annually obtained a $ 1,000 cut in their income taxes.