The first six months of the Trump Administration have been marked by constant conflict – much driven by a mainstream media intent on Trump’s demise. To watch most newscasts is to miss most of what Trump has actually been doing. There is, after all, more to a presidency than the man’s tweets. So what, exactly, has Trump accomplished in his first six months in office? Quite a bit, actually.
1. Dow Jones is way up.
In the first six months of the Trump Administration, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has jumped by 9.3 percent. That represents billions of dollars in the pockets of millions of workers and retirees. No, you won’t hear about it on CNN. But it’s big news.
2. Unemployment is way down.
The unemployment rate has dropped to 4.3 percent, the lowest level since 2001. Think about that. By adding over 800,000 jobs in the first few months of his presidency, Trump has seen the unemployment rate fall below the rate at any time of the entire Obama Administration. To say it again, the unemployment rate in July, 2017 is lower than it was for any of the 96 months of the Obama presidency.
3. Neil Gorsuch was appointed to the Supreme Court.
Though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell deserves much of the credit for reserving the seat vacated while Obama was still president, it was Trump who made the Gorsuch appointment. And by all accounts, Gorsuch is a superb choice.
4. The travel ban was put in place.
Call it what you want, but the travel ban keeps more terrorists out than a non-travel ban would. Despite all the legal wrangling, even the threat of the ban has kept many refugees out who might have done harm to Americans.
5. A border wall is planned.
While it is estimated that the wall will cost $21.6 billion, it will keep many illegals out. The House Appropriations Committee has approved just $1.6 billion for the first 74 miles of fencing.
6. Illegal immigration is down.
Trump’s most consequential immigration-related action is the expansion of deportation. An average of 13,085 illegals are being deported each month. As a result of the crackdown, border crossings are way down.
7. Trump has brought massive deregulation.
The president has made unprecedented use of the Congressional Review Act to undo 13 regulations passed under President Obama. Another 860 regulations have been put on hold. This has been a boon to American industry.
Has the Trump Administration been without controversy? Of course not. Are his twitter habits helping? Of course not. But if we actually judge President Trump by what he does more than by what he says, it’s hard to argue that the first six months of his presidency have been marked by great success.