Trump’s Biggest Accomplishments


Nick Lopez, Staff Writer

President Donald Trump has now become a household name that is sure to spark debate and cause a divide between families and friends. Aside from the negativity that people associate with the current president, he has made some exceptional accomplishments that his supporters can be proud of.

Neil Gorsuch Appointed to the Supreme Court: One of the first things that conservatives and even establishment Republicans were very fond of was Trump’s nomination and placement of Neil Gorsuch, a conservative, to the Supreme Court bench. Gorsuch took the vacancy of the late Antonin Scalia, something that was a bitter dispute between Democrats and Republicans, as Mitch McConnell (R-KY) repeatedly blocked Obama’s pick for the bench.

Declaration of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel: The president has formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced plans of moving the U.S. embassy to the city. This has created a big uproar across the Middle East, especially for Palestinians. It also created a mass scramble in the United Nations to block the U.S. declaration. While presidents before Trump have acknowledged Jerusalem as important to Israel, he is the first to make the move of the embassy. To many supporters this is seen as the president’s great influence in foreign policy across the Middle East.

Republican Tax Reform: This is by far the biggest Trump triumph. The tax bill passed on the Senate floor with a 51-48 vote. The biggest promise behind this bill was to lower taxes across the board. The corporate tax rate dropped from 35% to 21%. There were also substantial tax cuts for individuals which will need to be renewed in 2025; they are not permanent. The corporate tax rate, however, does not change and will not need renewal. The tax bill has led to companies, such as Apple and AT&T, announcing bonuses and pay raises due to the tax cuts. This is the start to a great Trump economy.

Pro-Life Advances: On the 23 of January 2017, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy which prevents non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) from offering or providing abortion consultation as a way of “family planning.” The organizations must certify that they do not offer these services or they will lose federal funding and assistance from the U.S. government. Simply put, it blocks organizations from getting federal funding if they provide abortions. This policy was introduced during the Reagan administration and was held until the Clinton administration and has now been reinstated under the Trump administration. This is a great achievement especially for his supporters, who are largely against abortion.