WASHINGTON – Promises made. Promises kept. During President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, he made several pledges to the American people.
Many promises were fulfilled, while others are tied up in legal battles. But some are pretty clear cut.
Here are a few.
Promise 1: “A typical family of four making $75,000 will see their tax bill reduced by $2,000, slashing their tax bill in half,” Trump promised.
So far, experts predict that will be a promise kept, although taxpayers shouldn’t expect to see the full effect until this year.
Promise 2: “We are appointing judges who will interpret the Constitution as written,” he said.
Put that in the ‘promise kept’ file, too. In fact, the Senate confirmed more than 60 judicial nominees in 2018 alone.
And even though it didn’t happen without a fight, the president also added a second Supreme Court justice nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, to the high court roster.
Promise 3: “We are totally defending our Second Amendment,” Trump vowed.
Although the president enjoyed an endorsement and continued support from the National Rifle Association, other gun aficionados may disagree with the notion that Trump made good on that pledge.
Three pro-gun groups are suing the administration over its recent ban on bump stocks, a device that gained notoriety after the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting.
Promise 4: “We are hiring talented people who love our vets as much as we do,” the president said.
Last year, Mr. Trump signed the largest budget in history for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, funding mental health coverage and private healthcare opportunities for vets.
However, it was constant turnover and confusion at the top of the agency that helped define the year. On top of that, an IT glitch left thousands of vets without benefits. The president and Congress fixed the issue in late December. But as of now, the VA remains a work in process.
Promise 5: “This year, we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance,” President Trump pledged.
In perhaps the most consequential promise kept, all sides came together fulfilling that State of the Union vow for criminal justice reform.
Promise 6: “The second pillar fully secures the border; that means building a wall on the southern border,” the president said.
The president promised immigration overhaul but his dream for a $5.7 billion border wall ran into a congressional brick wall.
While the administration has fixed fencing in some areas, so far, there’s been no “big, beautiful, wall.”
“If he sticks to his position for a $5 billion wall, he will get no wall and he will get a shutdown,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) promised.
The result? The longest partial government shutdown in history and a promise yet to be fulfilled.