Was President Trump's first year a success or a failure? | The Tylt
Was President Trump's first year a success or a failure?
To many, Donald Trump's presidency has been utterly exhausting. But some believe, despite all the turbulence, Trump has actually had a triumphant first year. He got a tax bill signed into law, got Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, reversed thousands of regulations and Obama-era policies, and ended the ObamaCare individual mandate.
Twelve circuit court judges confirmed, ISIS in the midst of being crushed, his rolling back or delaying of over 1,500 regulations, and the passage of a major tax reform bill which also ended the ObamaCare individual mandate. By even Heritage’s estimation, Trump’s first year exceeded Reagan’s, and that’s saying something.
Trump's presidency may be unique in its level of chaos, but that doesn't mean Trump hasn't accomplished anything. Even in terms of foreign policy, Ned Ryun argues in The Hill that Trump's "America First" policy is one of the more honest strategies we have had.
While some scoff at his "America First" agenda on the international stage, at least Trump is being honest about putting America first. While many international leaders pretend that there is some global kumbaya moment, every leader of every nation is constantly working to put his or her nation’s interests first, and that is precisely—and unabashedly—what Trump is doing.
Trump has overcome what some believe is a hostile press corps, establishment politicians and "an illegitimate Russia investigation" to get things done, and Trump's next victory will be on immigration reform.
[Trump] full intends to help the 690,000 DACA-Dreamers gain immediate legal status and help put them on to a path of citizenship. But he will make it very clear that a DACA-Dreamer deal will only take place if we also enact permanent reforms of our immigration and border security policies, from full funding for and the building of a wall to ending chain migration and the visa lottery to enacting merit-based immigration reform.
But others argue Trump's first year has been a total disaster. Between early morning Twitter rants, NFL feuds, racially-charged comments and the constant undermining of his agenda, Trump has been his own worst enemy and it has prevented him from having a successful first year in office. Stephen Collinson of CNN argues Trump's first year began on a bad note and just went downhill from there.
It will be impossible to adequately explain in decades to come just what it was like to be alive in the exhausting first year of Donald Trump's presidency... From the moment he trampled the unifying conventions of the inaugural address by decrying "American carnage," Trump shattered political normality, tearing at racial and societal divides, the limits and decorum of his office, even raising doubts about his fidelity to the nation's founding values.
There's also the fact that Trump has been under investigation since his presidency began due to possible ties between his campaign and Russians. It would ultimately lead to the firing of James Comey and the beginning of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
If there is one underlying theme of Trump's first year, it is his willingness—whether in his disregard for ethics norms relating to his business empire or his belief that he has the "absolute right" to do what he wants with the Justice Department—to flout every expectation and constraint of his office.
On the foreign policy front, many view Trump's approach to global politics as having lasting negative consequences. From pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement to glorifying Putin to sparring with allies, Trump has reduced our standing on the national stage.
It is not only domestic political structures that are being put under duress by this most abnormal presidency. Trump has initiated a fundamental shift in the nation's global role in the past year.