He described himself as a “law and order” candidate and “the voice” of “the forgotten men and women”. Trump's inaugural address on January 20, 2017, focused on his campaign theme of America in crisis and decline.
Law professors Randy E. Barnett, Richard Epstein, and David G. Post, for example, suggest that Trump has little or no awareness of, or commitment to, the constitutional principles of separation of powers and federalism. Law professor Ilya So min believes that Trump “poses a serious threat to the press and the First Amendment,” citing Trump's proposal to expand defamation laws to make it easier to sue journalists and his remark that Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos would “have problems” if Trump was elected president.
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said Trump is essentially more like a “centrist Democrat” on social issues. Journalist and political analyst John Telemann characterized Trump as liberal on social issues, while conservative talk radio host and political commentator Rush Limbaugh said that Telemann is seeing in Trump what he wants to see.
Since he became president, commentators have generally characterized his policy agenda as socially conservative. According to a 2020 study, voters had the most difficulty assessing the ideology of Trump in the 2016 election out of all presidential candidates since 1972 and all contemporary legislators.
As president, Trump has pursued sizable income tax cuts, deregulation, increased military spending, rollbacks of federal health-care protections, and the appointment of conservative judges consistent with conservative (Republican Party) policies. However, his anti-globalization policies of trade protectionism cross-party lines.
In his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised significant infrastructure investment and protection for entitlements for the elderly, typically considered liberal (Democratic Party) policies. In October 2016, Trump's campaign posted fourteen categories of policy proposals on his website, which have been since removed.
During October 2016, Trump outlined a series of steps for his first 100 days in office. Trump's political positions, and his descriptions of his beliefs, have often been inconsistent.
He called super PACs a “scam” and “a horrible thing”. In October 2015, he said, “All Presidential candidates should immediately disavow their Super PACs.
Having previously touted the self-funding of his campaign as a sign of his independence from the political establishment and big donors, Trump reversed course and started to fundraise in early May 2016. According to Chris Christie (who served briefly as leader of Trump's White House transition team), Trump will seek to purge the federal government of officials appointed by Obama and will ask Congress to pass legislation making it easier to fire public workers.
Trump has provided “little detail regarding his positions on disability-related policies,” and his campaign website made no mention of disabled people. As of June 1, 2016, Trump had not responded to the issue questionnaire of the nonpartisan disability group Respectability.
Trump has asserted that Common Core is “education through Washington, D.C.”, a claim which Political and other journalists have rated “false”, since the adoption and implementation of Common Core is a state choice, not a federal one. Trump did not explain where the $20 billion in the federal budget would come from.
Presidency As president, Trump chose Republican financier Betsy Devon, a prominent Michigan charter school advocate, as Secretary of Education. Vice President Mike Pence used his tie-breaking vote to confirm the nomination, the first time in U.S. history that this has occurred.
He repeatedly asked the government to invoke it on his behalf during past development projects. In September 2016, Trump posted a list on his website of regulations that he would eliminate.
Trump acknowledged that he sponsored the ads and reached a settlement with the state in which he and his associates agreed to issue a public apology and pay $250,000 (the largest civil penalty ever levied by the commission) for evading state disclosure rules. While campaigning in 2016, Trump has repeatedly belittled Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts by calling her Pocahontas (a reference to Warren's claim, based on family lore, of Native American ancestry, which she has been unable to document).
Later, Trump appeared on The View repeating several times that “I want him (Obama) to show his birth certificate” and speculating that “there's something on that birth certificate that he doesn't like.” Although officials in Hawaii certified Obama's citizenship, Trump said in April 2011 he would not let go of the issue, because he was not satisfied that Obama had proved his citizenship.
After Obama released his long-form birth certificate on April 27, 2011, Trump said: “I am really honored, and I am really proud, that I was able to do something that nobody else could do.” Trump continued to question Obama's birth certificate in the following years, as late as 2015.
In October 2012, Trump offered to donate five million dollars to the charity of Obama's choice in return for the publication of his college and passport applications before the end of the month. In a 2014 interview, Trump questioned whether Obama had produced his long-form birth certificate.
When asked in December 2015 if he still questioned Obama's legitimacy, Trump said that “I don't talk about that anymore.” On September 14, 2016, Trump declined to acknowledge whether he believed Obama was born in the United States.
He falsely accused Hillary Clinton of having started the “Birther” movement. He also asserted that he 'finished' the birther controversy, apparently referring to Obama's 2011 release of his long-form birth certificate, despite the fact that he continued to question Obama's citizenship in the years that followed.
The next day, Trump tweeted a Washington Post story with the headline “Donald Trump's birther event is the greatest trick he's ever pulled”. The “greatest trick” of the headline referred to the fact that cable networks aired the event live, waiting for a “birther” statement, while Trump touted his new hotel and supporters gave testimonials.
In October 2016, Trump appeared to question the legitimacy of Barack Obama's presidency, referring to him at a rally as the “quote 'president' ”. For the first three years of his presidency he said nothing about cutting Social Security or Medicare.
In a January 2020 interview he said he planned to “take a look” at entitlement programs like Medicare, but he then said via Twitter “We will not be touching your Social Security or Medicare in Fiscal 2021 Budget.” His proposed 2021 budget, unveiled in February 2020, included a $45 billion cut to the program within Social Security that supports disabled people, as well as cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.
In August 2020, as part of a package of executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic, he signed an order to postpone the collection of the payroll taxes that support Social Security and Medicare, paid by employees and employers, for the rest of 2020. Analysts said such an action would threaten Social Security and Medicare by eliminating the dedicated funding which pays for the programs.
He favored eliminating backlogs and wait-lists that had caused a Veterans Health Administration scandal the previous year. He proposed a plan for reforming the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with provisions to allow veterans to obtain care from any doctor or facility that accepts Medicare, to increase funding for PTSD and suicide prevention services, and to provide ob/gun services at every VA hospital.
Trump's plan calls “for legislation making it easier to fire underperforming employees, increasing mental-health resources and adding a White House hotline so veterans can bypass the VA and bring problems directly to the president.” In January 2016, Trump hosted a fundraising rally for veterans (skipping a televised Republican debate to do so).
Weeks later, after the Wall Street Journal inquired with the Trump campaign when veterans' groups would receive their checks, the funds began to be disbursed. In April, the Journal reported that the funds had yet to be fully distributed.
In May, NPR confirmed directly with 30 recipient charities that they had received their funds, “accounting for $4.27 million of the $5.6 million total,” while the remaining 11 charities did not answer the question. Presidency and 2020 campaign In February 2018, the Trump administration initiated a policy known as ‘Deploy Or Get Out’ (Dog), ordering the Pentagon to discharge any soldier who would be ineligible for deployment within the next 12 months.
In August 2019, Trump credited himself for the passing the Veterans Choice Act, a law that had actually been passed under the previous president, Barack Obama, in 2014. In September 2020, The Atlantic reported that Trump referred to Americans who were casualties of war as “Losers” and Suckers”, citing multiple people who were present for the statements; later reporting by the Associated Press and Fox News corroborated some of these stories.
Veterans expressed scorn over the news report that Trump had called fallen soldiers “Losers”. Trump denied these allegations and called them “disgraceful”, adding: “I would be willing to swear on anything that I never said that about our fallen heroes”.
John Bolton, who was present at the discussion, also said he never heard Trump make such comments. By March 2016, Trump had not released any plans to combat climate change or provided details regarding his approach to energy issues more broadly.
A 2016 report by the Sierra Club contended that, were he to be elected president, Trump would be the only head of state in the world to contend that climate change is a hoax. In December 2009, Trump and his three adult children had signed a full-page advertisement from “business leaders” in The New York Times stating “If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet” and encouraging “investment in the clean energy economy” to “create new energy jobs and increase our energy security”.
Trump has vowed to revive the U.S. coal economy, a pledge that is viewed by experts as unlikely to be fulfilled because the decline of the coal industry is driven by market forces, and specifically by the U.S. natural gas boom. An analysis by Scientific American found that Trump's promise to bring back closed coal mines would be difficult to fulfill, both because of environmental regulations and economic shifts.
Trump wrote in his 2011 book that he opposed a cap-and-trade system to control carbon emissions. According to Fact-check.org, over at least a five-year period, Trump has on several occasions made incorrect claims about the use of hair spray and its role in ozone depletion.
At a rally in May 2016, Trump implied that the regulations on hairspray and coal mining are both unwarranted” and incorrectly asserted that hairspray use in a “sealed” apartment prevents the spray's ozone-depleting substances from reaching the atmosphere. In June 2019, the Trump White House tried to prevent a State Department intelligence analyst from testifying to Congress about “possibly catastrophic” effects of human-caused climate change, and prevented his written testimony containing science from NASA and NOAA from being included in the official Congressional Record because it was not consistent with administration positions.
Trump pledged in his May 2016 speech on energy policy to “cancel the Paris climate agreement adopted at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (in which 170 countries committed to reductions in carbon emissions). Trump pledged to cancel the agreement in his first hundred days in office.
This pledge followed earlier comments by Trump, in which he said that as president, he would “at a minimum” seek to renegotiate the agreement and “at a maximum I may do something else.” In his May 2016 speech, Trump inaccurately said that the Paris Agreement “gives foreign bureaucrats control over how much energy we use on our land, in our country”; in fact, the Paris Agreement is based on voluntary government pledges, and no country controls the emissions-reduction plan of any other country.
In Trump's May 2016 speech on energy policy, he declared that if elected president, he would “stop all payment of U.S. tax dollars to global warming programs.” This would be a reversal of the U.S. pledge to commit funds to developing countries to assist in climate change mitigation and could undermine the willingness of other countries to take action against climate change.
In August 2016, 375 members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, including 30 Nobel laureates, issued an open letter warning that Trump's plan to unilaterally withdraw from the Paris Agreement would have dire effects on the fight against climate change. t is of great concern that the Republican nominee for President has advocated U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord.
A “Par exit” would send a clear signal to the rest of the world: “The United States does not care about the global problem of human-caused climate change. Such a decision would make it far more difficult to develop effective global strategies for mitigating and adapting to climate change.
The New York Times reported that “experts say that such remarks display a basic ignorance of the workings of the global oil markets.” In January 2016, Trump vowed “tremendous cutting” of the budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency if elected.
In an October 2015 interview with Chris Wallace, Trump explained, “what they do is a disgrace. In July 2016, Trump suggested that he was in favor of state and local bans on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), saying, “I'm in favor of fracking, but I think that voters should have a big say in it.
And I think if the voters are voting for it, that's up to them...if a municipality or a state wants to ban fracking, I can understand that.” Keystone XL Trump promised to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, a proposed project to bring Canadian petroleum to the U.S. Trump pledged that if elected, he would ask Trans Canada Corp. to renew its permit application for the project within his first hundred days in office.
Trump claimed that Keystone XL pipeline will have “no impact on environment” and create “lots of jobs for U.S.,” although in fact the pipeline is projected to create only 35 permanent jobs. In his first days in office, Trump revived the Keystone XL project, signing a presidential memorandum reversing the rejection of the proposed pipeline that President Obama had made.
Trump “also signed a directive ordering an end to protract environmental reviews,” pledging to make environmental review a very short process.” Dakota Access Pipeline After months of protest by thousands of protesters, including the largest gathering of Native Americans in 100 years, in December 2016 the United States Army Corps of Engineers under the Obama administration announced that it would not grant an easement for the pipeline, and the Corps of Engineers undertook an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes.
However, in February 2017, newly elected President Donald Trump ended the environmental impact assessment and ordered for construction to continue. Trump has financial ties to Energy Transfer Partners and Phillips 66, who are both directly involved in the controversial project.
The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners is a campaign donor for Donald Trump. In his 2015 book Crippled America, Trump is highly critical of the “big push” to develop renewable energy, arguing that the push is based on a mistaken belief that greenhouse gases contribute to climate change.
In his official platform, Trump claims that he will reduce bureaucracy which would then lead to greater innovation. Trump vowed to protect the government's Renewable Fuel Standard and the corn-based ethanol.
CBO estimated in May 2017 that under the Republican American Healthcare Act or HCA, about 23 million fewer people would have health insurance in 2026, compared with current law. Legislation President Trump advocated repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”).
The Republican-controlled House passed the American Health Care Act (HCA) in May 2017, handing it to the Senate, which decided to write its own version of the bill rather than voting on the HCA. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the bills would increase the number of uninsured by over 20 million persons, while reducing the budget deficit marginally.
For example, tax returns without indications of health insurance (“silent returns”) will still be processed, overriding instructions from the Obama administration to the IRS to reject them. Reducing funding for advertising for the 2017 and 2018 exchange enrollment periods by up to 90%, with other reductions to support resources used to answer questions and help people sign-up for coverage.
The NYT editorial board referred to this as part of a concerted “sabotage” effort. Issuing public statements that the exchanges are unstable or in a death spiral.
Several insurers and actuary groups cited uncertainty created by President Trump, specifically non-enforcement of the individual mandate and not funding cost sharing reduction subsidies, as contributing 20-30 percentage points to premium increases for the 2018 plan year on the ACA exchanges. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) maintains a timeline of many “sabotage” efforts by the Trump Administration.
Ending cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments President Trump announced in October 2017 he would end the smaller of the two types of subsidies under the ACA, the cost sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies. This controversial decision significantly raised premiums on the ACA exchanges (as much as 20 percentage points) along with the premium tax credit subsidies that rise with them, with the CBO estimating a $200 billion increase in the budget deficit over a decade.
CBO also estimated that initially up to one million fewer would have health insurance coverage, although more might have it in the long-run as the subsidies expand. CBO expected the exchanges to remain stable (e.g., no “death spiral”) as the premiums would increase and prices would stabilize at the higher (non-CSR) level.
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(Learn how and when to remove this template message) In August 2019, at a campaign rally, Trump claimed that his administration “will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions, always.” However, his administration had already repeatedly attempted to water down or repeal the ACA's protections for people with preexisting medical conditions, without any proposal on how to restore these protections if the ACA is rendered void.
Trump's campaign has insisted that the candidate has “never supported socialized medicine.” Trump has cited the rising costs of premiums and deductibles as a motivation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
However, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the after-subsidy premium costs to those with insurance coverage via the Affordable Care Act's exchanges did not change significantly on average from 2016 to 2017, as increases in the subsidies offset pre-subsidy insurance premium increases. An estimated 70% of persons on the exchanges could purchase a plan for $75/month after subsidies.
Trump subsequently said at various points that he believes that the government should have limited involvement of health care, but has also said that “at the lower end, where people have no money, I want to try and help those people,” by “work out some sort of really smart deal with hospitals across the country.” At a February 2016 town hall on CNN, Trump said that he supported the individual health insurance mandate of the ACA, which requires all Americans to have health insurance, saying “I like the mandate.
In March 2016, Trump reversed himself, saying that “Our elected representatives must eliminate the individual mandate. In March 2016, Trump released his health care plan, which called for allowing health-insurance companies to compete across state lines and for making Medicaid into a block grant system for the states.
Trump also emphasized the removal of market entry barriers for drug providers and improved access to imported medication corresponding to safety standards. Explaining how he would address the problem of ensuring the people that would lose their insurance coverage if Obamacare were repealed, Trump said, “We have to come up, and we can come up with many plans.
In 1999, during his abortive 2000 Reform Party presidential campaign, Trump told TV interviewer Larry King, “I believe in universal health care.” In his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, Trump reiterated his call for universal health care and focused on a Canadian-stylesingle-payer health care system as a means to achieve it.
Though he characterized the Canadian health-care system as “catastrophic in certain ways” in October 2016 during the second presidential debate, the Trump campaign website wrote in June 2015 about his support for “a system that would mirror Canada's government-run healthcare service” under the title “What does Donald Trump believe? In 2015, Trump also expressed admiration for the Scottish health-care system, which is single payer.
When the doctor was later confirmed to have developed Ebola in New York, Trump tweeted that it was “Obama's fault” and “I have been saying for weeks for President Obama to stop the flights from West Africa. Trump also criticized President Obama's decision to send 3,000 U.S. troops to affected regions to help combat the outbreak (see Operation United Assistance).
As Dr. Kent Brantley returned to the U.S. for treatment, Trump tweeted that U.S. doctors who went abroad to treat Ebola were “great” but “must suffer the consequences” if they became infected and insisted that “the U.S. must immediately stop all flights from EBOLA infected countries or the plague will start and spread inside our 'borders.'” When an Ebola patient was scheduled to come to the U.S. for treatment, Trump tweeted, “now I know for sure that our leaders are incompetent.
Trump's suggestion on the Ebola crisis “would go against all the expert advice being offered,” with doctors warning “that isolating West Africa would only make the Ebola outbreak much worse, potentially denying help and supplies from getting in,” and possibly destabilizing the countries and contributing to the disease's spread outside West Africa. He expressed his support for Florida Governor Rick Scott's handling of the crisis, saying that he's “doing a fantastic job”.
When asked if Congress should convene an emergency session to approve Zika funding, Trump answered, “I would say that it's up to Rick Scott.” On August 11, 2016, Trump said that he was in favor of Congress setting aside money to combat the Zika virus.
He also claimed that his administration is “building the wall faster and better than ever”, but no new barriers were erected by June 2019 at the Mexico-U.S. border unlike what Trump promised during his 2016 campaign. Trump also falsely claimed that only 02% of who were released instead of detained eventually returned for their immigration hearings.
In January 2016, Trump said that along with veterans, “the most mistreated people in this country are police.” Trump supports the use of “stop and frisk” tactics, of the kind once used in New York City.
Trump has on several occasions asserted that crime is rising in the United States. Trump's claim that “inner-city crime is reaching record levels” received a “pants-on-fire” rating from Political.
As President, Trump reiterated in February 2017 the false claim that crime was rising, saying, “the murder rate in our country is the highest it's been in 47 years.” In May 2016, Trump stated that the cities of Oakland and Ferguson are “among the most dangerous in the world”.
Blacks were actually responsible for only 15% of white homicides according to FBI data for 2014. The breakdown of the racial differences in police killings in Trump's retweet was also inaccurate.
A separate estimate by Peter Monks, associate professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice attributed 10% of white homicides to police and 4% to police for blacks. At a luncheon hosted by the Miami Herald in April 1990, Trump told a crowd of 700 people that U.S. drug enforcement policy was “a joke,” and that: “We're losing badly the war on drugs.
Trump told Sean Hannity in June 2015 that he opposes marijuana legalization and that “I feel strongly about that.” Trump also claims to have personally never used controlled substances of any kind.
Trump has voiced support for medical marijuana, saying that he is “a hundred percent in favor” because “I know people that have serious problems...and...it really, really does help them.” When asked about Colorado (where recreational use of marijuana is legal), Trump softened his previously expressed views and essentially said that states should be able to decide on whether marijuana for recreational purposes should be legal.
In his 2000 book The America We Deserve, Trump wrote that he generally opposed gun control, but supported the ban on assault weapons and supported a “slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.” In his book, Trump also criticized the gun lobby, saying: “The Republicans walk the N.R.A.
On the campaign trail in 2015, Trump praised the National Rifle Association (NRA), and received the group's endorsement after becoming the presumptive Republican nominee. He asserted that the presence of more guns in schools and public places could have stopped mass shootings such as those in Paris, San Bernardino, California, and Ump qua Community College.
Trump supported barring people on the government's terrorist watch list from purchasing weapons, saying in 2015: “If somebody is on a watch list and an enemy of state, and we know it's an enemy of state, I would keep them away, absolutely.” A 1987 Associated Press story said that he held a handgun permit at that time.
According to the Washington Post fact-checker, Clinton's statement was accurate. In June 2016, Trump said “it would have been a beautiful, beautiful sight” to see Omar Sateen shot in the head by an armed patron in the Orlando nightclub shooting, reiterating his stance that more people should be armed in public places.
A few days later, after two top officials of the NRA challenged the notion that drinking club goers should be armed, Trump reversed his position, saying that he “obviously” meant that additional guards or employees should have been armed in the nightclub. Security personnel and other staffers at a number of Trump's hotels and golf courses told ABC News that patrons are not permitted to carry guns on the property.
A Trump spokesman denied this, saying that licensed persons are permitted to carry guns on the premises. At a rally on August 9, 2016, Trump accused his opponent of wanting to “essentially abolish the Second Amendment”, and went on: “By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.
These comments were interpreted by critics as suggesting violence against Clinton or her appointees, but Trump's campaign stated that he was referring to gun rights advocates' “great political power” as a voting bloc. One month after his inauguration, Trump reversed an Obama-era regulation that had been intended to prevent weapons purchases by certain people with mental health problems.
Trump suggested arming up to 20% of the teachers to stop “maniacs” from attacking students. The following day Trump called a “gun free” school a “magnet” for criminals and tweeted, “Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive.
In August 2019, following mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Trump declined to support universal background checks, saying that existing background checks are already “very, very strong,” even though “we have sort of missing areas and areas that don’t complete the whole circle.” He also indicated that he was not interested in working on bipartisan compromises. Supreme Court Trump has stated that he wants to replace Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court with “a person of similar views and principles”.
He has released a list of eleven potential picks to replace Scalia. The list includes five out of the eight individuals recommended by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
Trump had previously insisted that he would seek guidance from conservative groups such as the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation when it came to picking Supreme Court candidates. Several of the judges listed by Trump have questioned abortion rights.
However, under the U.S. Constitution, Supreme Court justices “are neither investigators nor prosecutors.” In February 2016, Trump called on the Senate to stop Obama from filling the vacant seat on the Supreme Court.
An analysis by FiveThirtyEight shows that, under the assumption that Scalia's vacant seat on the Court will not be filled, and taking account of the advanced age of three of the sitting justices, that a Trump presidency would move the Supreme Court “rightward toward its most conservative position in recent memory”. Comments on judges and judicial decisions Since taking office, Trump has made a series of “escalating attacks on the federal judiciary in response to judicial decisions against him.
While presidents in the past have sometimes offered muted criticism of judicial opinions, Trump's personal attacks on individual judges are seen as unprecedented in American history. Trump's remarks prompted criticism from his own Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, who told Senator Richard Blumenthal that Trump's statements were “disheartening” and “demoralizing” to the federal judiciary.
A number of legal scholars feared that Trump's conduct could undermine public confidence in the courts and endanger the independence of the judiciary. In October 2016, Trump said that he would push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress, so that members of the House of Representatives could serve for a maximum of six years and Senators for a maximum of twelve years.
Trump also pledged to re-institute a ban on executive branch officials from lobbying for five years after leaving government service and said that he supported Congress instituting a similar five-year lobbying ban of its own, applicable to former members and staff. Representatives are required to wait one year before they can lobby Congress, former U.S.
On multiple occasions since taking office in 2017, President Donald Trump has questioned presidential term limits and in public remarks has talked about serving beyond the limits of the 22nd Amendment. For instance, during an April 2019 White House event for the Wounded Warrior Project, he joked that he would remain president “at least for 10 or 14 years”.
After the 2019 El Paso shooting, Trump said in a speech, “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.
President Trump signing the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017As of October 2016, one of Trump's policy advisors declared that, under Trump, NASA would recreate the National Space Council and pursue a goal of “human exploration of the solar system by the end of the century”, to drive technology developments to a stronger degree than a manned mission to Mars. Other goals would include shifting budget to deep space exploration from Earth science and climate research, and pursuit of small satellites and hyper sonic technology.
A possibility of China joining the International Space Station program was also considered. Prior to that statement, the Trump campaign appeared to have little to no space policy at all.
As of June 2016, Trump has published no tech policy proposals. On the campaign trail, Trump frequently antagonized Silicon Valley figures, using his Twitter account to lambaste tech leaders such as Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, and Brian Cheeky of Airbnb over a series of months.
The Free Press Action Fund, a group of tech policy activists, rated Trump the worst 2016 presidential candidate for “citizens' digital lives,” citing his positions opposing reforming the Patriot Act, favoring Internet censorship, and opposing net neutrality. Workplace discrimination In early 2017, Trump reversed an Obama-era directive that had required companies with large federal contracts to prove their compliance with LGBT protections.
Healthcare discrimination The Affordable Care Act included an Obama-era nondiscrimination provision that explicitly entitled people to receive care regardless of sex or gender identity, but the Trump administration reversed it. On June 12, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services finalized and revealed its replacement rule.
Now, health care providers and insurers may decide whether to serve transgender people. Transgender rights One month after taking office, Trump reversed a directive from the Obama administration that had allowed transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity ; this reversal allowed public schools to make their own rules about gendered bathrooms.
In 2020, the Department of Education threatened to withhold funding from Connecticut school districts that allow transgender girls to compete on girls' teams, claiming that the transgender students' participation is a violation of Title IX. Six months into his presidency, Trump tweeted that transgender individuals would not be allowed to serve “in any capacity” in the U.S. military, an order that took Pentagon officials by surprise.
The memo argued in favor of a definition of gender “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrate” and the government's prerogative to genetically test individuals to determine their sex. If approved by the Justice Department, the definition would apply across federal agencies, notably the departments of Education, Justice, and Labor, which, along with Health and Human Services, are responsible for enforcing Title IX nondiscrimination statutes.
In 2019, HUD proposed a new rule to weaken the 2012 Equal Access Rule, which requires equal access to housing regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. After his election, Trump acknowledged that the court had already “settled” the issue.
Trump has not, however, been a personal proponent of same-sex marriage, saying as recently as 2011 that he was “not in favor of gay marriage and saying during his 2016 campaign that he would “strongly consider” appointing Supreme Court justices who were inclined to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges. Data collection The Trump administration has made efforts to remove questions about LGBT identity and relationships from the 2020 Census, the American Community Survey, the annual National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (Soap), and the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System.
HHS cited the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFA) as a basis for allowing federally funded Christian groups to discriminate against non-Christians. Later that year, the Department of Labor, also referencing the RFA, proposed a new rule to exempt “religious organizations” from obeying employment nondiscrimination law if they invoke “sincerely held religious tenets and beliefs” as their reason to discriminate.
In 2020, the Justice Department filed a brief with the Supreme Court in support of another foster care agency in Pennsylvania, defending the agency's right to turn away same-sex couples as part of its “free exercise of religion.” In 2019, the State Department created the Commission on Unalienable Rights to initiate philosophical discussions of human rights that are grounded in the Catholic concept of natural law rather than modern identities based on gender and sexuality.
Diplomacy In 2018, the Trump administration denied visas to the unmarried same-sex partners of foreign diplomats, even if they were from countries that recognize only civil partnership or that ban same-sex marriage. In February 2019, Grenfell was announced as the leader of a new campaign to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide, and he hosted a meeting with 11 European activists.
Several months later, Trump tweeted that, “as we celebrate LGBT Pride Month,” Americans should “stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute” people for their sexual orientation. At least one of the confirmed judges, Patrick Kumeyaay, is openly gay.
Marijuana and the rights of individual states to legalize recreational and medical marijuana was an issue of Trump's presidential campaign, and he formally stated during his campaign that he believed states should have the right to manage their own policies with regard to medical and recreational marijuana. Following his election, he reversed his position on recreational marijuana and stated he believed medical marijuana should be allowed but stated the Federal Government may seek legal resolutions for those states which regulate the growth and sale of recreational marijuana.
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“Exclusive: Trump could seek new law to purge government of Obama appointees”. ^ Philip Tucker and Robert Costa, Washington Post Bannon Vows a Daily Fight For “Deconstruction of the Administrative State” February 23, 2017 ^ a b Iron Carbon, Disability rights have long been bipartisan.
^ “Has Donald Trump promised education secretary to Ben Carson?” “Donald Trump thinks Ben Carson is an education expert.
“Donald Trump Releases Education Proposal, Promoting School Choice”. “Donald Trump just provided the first detailed education proposal of his campaign”.
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^ Valerie Strauss, Why Betsy Devon is the most polarizing education secretary nominee ever, Washington Post (January 31, 2017). ^ “Donald Trump's history of eminent domain abuse”.
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^ Joe Mahoney, Trump is Fines in Attack on Indian Casino, New York Daily News (November 14, 2000). ^ Charles V. Bali, Trump and Others Accept Fines For Ads in Opposition to Casinos, New York Times (October 6, 2000).
^ Scott Allen, Donald Trump doesn't think the Redskins should change their name, Washington Post (October 5, 2015). ^ John Sam, Donald Trump : Redskins a 'positive' name, Washington shouldn't change, ESPN (October 5, 2015).
^ Mark Water, Oneida Indian Nation blasts Donald Trump for defending Washington Redskins, Syracuse.com (October 5, 2015). ^ Michelle Ye He Lee, Fact Checker: Warren's heritage a target for Trump, Washington Post (June 28, 2016).
^ Mate Gold, Around Domitian & Mike Dennis, Donald Trump's 'Pocahontas' attack on Elizabeth Warren leaves GOP struggling to defend him, Chicago Tribune (June 11, 2016). ^ Jessica Hopper, Donald Trump Doubles Down on Calling Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas', ABC News (June 11, 2016).
^ Dean Obadiah, How Trump Smeared Native Americans Back in 1993, Daily Beast (June 2, 2016). Trump's History of Raising Birther Questions About Obama”.
^ “Donald Trump, Whoop Goldberg, Spar Over Obama on 'The View “. ^ “Long, Strange Trip: Trump's Birther Claims Through the Years”.
^ Trump Post-Debate Interview With Chris Matthews Goes Off The Rails: Won't Put “Birth Certificate” Talk To Bed”. Trump Drops False 'Birther' Theory, but Floats a New One: Clinton Started It”.
^ Trump finally backs off Obama birth claim, falsely accuses Clinton of starting it”. “Donald Trump's birther event is the greatest trick he's ever pulled”.
Trump promises permanent cut to payroll tax funding Social Security and Medicare if he's reelected”. “Dems say Trump's payroll tax break weakens Social Security”.
Trump's payroll tax cut would 'terminate' Social Security, critics say”. ^ a b “After 'not a war hero' remark, Donald Trump says John McCain has 'done nothing' for veterans”.
^ “At Rolling Thunder rally, Trump says those in U.S. illegally treated better than veterans”. ^ Trump says 300,000 veterans died waiting VA care”.
“Veterans Administration Reforms That Will Make America Great Again”. “Donald Trump Gets Specific on Veteran's Affairs Policy Reform Plan”.
“Veterans' Wait After Trump Fundraiser Shows Hurdles for Campaign”. “Veterans' Charities Await Funds Raised by Donald Trump ".
^ “At Least $1.9 Million In Donations Trump Collected For Vets Was Sent Last Week”. ^ “BREAKING: The Trump Administration Is Kicking HIV-Positive Soldiers Out of The Air Force”.
^ a b c d e “Fact check: Trump makes more than 20 false claims at Cincinnati rally”. The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members, and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades, multiple sources tell The Atlantic.
He strenuously denied it, but some close to him said it was in keeping with other private comments he has made disparaging soldiers”. “Jennifer Griffin defended by Fox News colleagues after Trump Twitter attack over confirmation of Atlantic reporting”.
' The last full measure of his disgrace': Veterans scorn Trump over report that he calls fallen soldiers 'losers “. ^ Trump Denies Report Alleging He Called American War Dead 'Losers' and 'Suckers “.
“John Bolton says he didn't hear Trump insult fallen soldiers in France”. “Obama: None of the GOP candidates have climate change plan”.
“Donald Trump's Energy Plan: More Fossil Fuels and Fewer Rules”. “Donald Trump's unsettling nonsense on weather and climate”.
^ Seeing the future of climate policy under the next president on YouTube, September 7, 2016, PBS Newshound ^ a b Ehrenfreund, Max. ^ “What Donald Trump said about the Chinese inventing the 'hoax' of climate change”.
^ Trump : I was joking when I said the Chinese 'created' the concept of climate change”. ^ “President Trump Renews Climate Change Denial Days After Defense Department Releases Daunting Report on Its Effects”.
“Donald Trump : Obama climate change remarks one of 'dumbest things' uttered in history”. ^ Trump : Obama has made us 'fools' with focus on climate change”.
“Donald Trump would stand alone among world leaders: Sierra Club”. “Donald Trump once backed urgent climate action.
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^ Donald J. Trump Time to Get Tough: Making America#1 Again (Refinery, 2011), p. 15. ^ “White House blocked intelligence agency's written testimony saying climate change could be 'possibly catastrophic “.
Trump vows to undo Obama's climate agenda in appeal to oil sector”. ^ Emily Flitter & Steve Holland, Exclusive: Skeptical Trump says would renegotiate global climate deal, Reuters (May 17, 2016).
^ Ian Simpson More than 300 scientists warn over Trump's climate change stance, Reuters (September 20, 2016). ^ An Open Letter Regarding Climate Change From Concerned Members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, ResponsibleScientists.org/ Climate Science Rapid Response Team (September 20, 2016).
“Donald Trump Vows to Slash Funding for Education, EPA”. ^ a b “Full Interview and Transcript: Donald Trump on “FOX News Sunday” With Chris Wallace”.
^ “Exclusive: Donald Trump Talks 2012, Calls Obama the 'Worst President Ever “. Trump indicates towns, states should be able to ban fracking”.
^ Katie Sanders, CNN's Van Jones says Keystone pipeline only creates 35 permanent jobs, Political (February 10, 2014). ^ Peter Baker & Coral Davenport, Trump Revives Keystone Pipeline Rejected by Obama, New York Times (January 24, 2017).
“Army Approves Dakota Access Pipeline Route, Paving Way For The Project's Completion”. “Dakota Access pipeline company and Donald Trump have close financial ties”.
^ Jon Greenberg, Trump inflates wind turbine eagle deaths, “Political” (May 31, 2016). ^ Timothy Came, Trump calls for higher ethanol mandate, The Hill' (January 19, 2016).
Trump Caught Between Corn, Oil Interests on Renewable Fuels”. “Humane Society launches ad: Trump presidency a 'threat to animals everywhere “.
^ a b Karin Billiard, USDA removed animal welfare reports from its site. 1628, American Health Care Act of 2017-May 24, 2017 ^ “Senate Republicans signal they plan to scrap bill the House just passed and write their own”.
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^ “Rates Up 22 Percent For Obamacare Plans, But Subsidies Rise, Too”. ^ “Average Annual Workplace Family Health Premiums Rise Modest 3%”.
“Federal Subsidies for Health Insurance Coverage for People Under Age 65:2016 to 2026”. ^ a b “Budgetary and Economic Effects of Repealing the Affordable Care Act”.
^ a b Sarah Ferris, Trump : I'll replace Obamacare with 'something terrific', The Hill (July 29, 2015). “GOP senator hits Trump over Obamacare mandate support”.
“Donald Trump Reveals Details of His Health Care Plan”. ^ “Donald Trump's interview with Dr. Oz was just as amazingly strange as we thought it would be”.
“Donald Trump's Health Care Ideas Bewilder Republican Experts”. Trump's attack on 'catastrophic' Canadian healthcare system draws ire”.
^ Nicholas Bristol, Congress to America: Drop Dead, New York Times (May 12, 2016), ^ Melanie Everyday (October 23, 2014). “ Trump hits Twitter to blame Obama for Ebola in NYC”.
^ Matthew Champion, Donald Trump has a novel approach to fighting Ebola: Irrationality, Independent (2014). “Donald Trump says Ebola doctors 'must suffer the consequences “.
^ a b c Trump on 'the Zika': Rick Scott has it 'under control' | Naked Politics”. ^ a b Ariana Unsung CIA, The origins of Donald Trump's autism/vaccine theory and how it was completely debunked eons ago, Washington Post (September 17, 2015).
“Finally, Someone Found A Beneficiary Of Trump Charity, And It's An Anti vaccine Organization”. Trump Backs Vaccines Amid Measles Outbreak, Drops Autism Claims”.
“Donald Trump urges measles shots for children, in shift from prior warnings on vaccines”. Sail Kanpur, Reality Check: 4 Reasons Trump's Immigration Plans Are Impractical, Bloomberg Politics (August 8, 2015).
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“Angered by Attack, Trump Urges Return Of the Death Penalty”. “Donald Trump's Racially Charged Advocacy of the Death Penalty”.
“Donald Trump and the Central Park Five: the racially charged rise of a demagogue”. “Reality Check: Donald Trump and the Central Park 5”.
^ Verbatim: Donald Trump Promises Death Penalty in Killings of Police Officers, New York Times (December 10, 2015). ^ Trump Tells Police Group: Every Single Cop-Killer Gets Death Penalty If I Win”.
^ Trump : I will mandate death penalty for killing police officers”. “A 1990s mugging and the roots of Donald Trump's hardliner criminal justice views”.
^ “Donald Trump wrong that Hillary Clinton wants to release all violent criminals from prison”. ^ Trump : The most mistreated people in this country are police and veterans”.
^ Julia Craven, Donald Trump on Crime in Chicago: You Have To Be Tough On 'These People', Huffington Post (March 10, 2016). Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. Archived from the original on January 7, 2016.
^ “Donald Trump actually read his victory speech from a teleprompter. ^ a b Trump wrong that inner-city crime is reaching record levels”.
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^ Trump makes false statement about U.S. murder rate to sheriffs' group”. “Mr. Trump's Wild Ride”, The New York Times Magazine (May 18, 2016): “there are places in America that are among the most dangerous in the world.
^ Trump Gets Flak For Crack About Oakland Being 'Most Dangerous' City”, KABC-TV (May 18, 2016): “In Baghdad it's 32 murders per 100,000 people... In Oakland, it's 25 per 100,000, 32 versus 25, so Baghdad/Oakland, not out of the ballparkTrum according to the statistics.” ^ “Donald Trump's false claim that Oakland, Ferguson are 'among the most dangerous in the world “.
^ Emily Gray Previous, The dramatic evolution of Donald Trump's drug policy rhetoric Archived March 14, 2016, at the Payback Machine, Chicago Sun-Times (October 28, 2015). ^ Ashwin Shebang, Payback Machine: Donald Trump : Legalize ALL the Drugs, Daily Beast (August 3, 2015).
^ Donald Trump : Legalize Drugs, Sarasota Herald-Tribune (April 14, 1990). ^ Christopher Ingraham, Donald Trump's drug policy is an alarming throwback to the 1980s, Washington Post (March 3, 2016).
^ Jon German, Pot Matters: Trump on Marijuana, High Times (February 12, 2016). ^ Megan Keller (August 29, 2018), Trump tasked multi-agency committee with countering pro-marijuana message: report”, The Hill ^ a b c d e f Katie Zelma, Trump plan calls for nationwide concealed carry and an end to gun bans, Washington Post (September 18, 2015).
^ Trip Gabriel, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Set for Clash on Gun Control, New York Times (May 19, 2016). “Donald Trump Said Hillary Clinton Would 'Make a Good President' in 2008”.
^ Span Deb, Donald Trump takes on gun control, mass shootings, CBS News (October 5, 2015). ^ Jon Keller, On The Issues: Guns and the Race For President, CBS Boston (March 8, 2016) (quoting Trump's campaign website).
^ Brianna Pfannenstiel, Trump in Iowa: More guns could stop mass shootings, Des Moines Register (December 5, 2015). ^ Beth Reinhard, Donald Trump Wins NRA Endorsement, Wall Street Journal (May 20, 2016).
^ Trump : San Bernardino victims “could've protected themselves if they had guns ". ^ Anita Ramakrishna, Trump : I carry a gun on occasion, CNBC (October 28, 2015).
“Clinton campaign's claim that Trump would 'force schools to allow guns in classrooms “. “Donald Trump's blistering words toward Orlando shooter”.
^ Trump Contradicts Previous Stance on Guns at Pulse Nightclub”. ^ Trump clarifies stance on guns after NRA criticism”.
^ Christopher Good & Candace Smith, Donald Trump Is Against 'Gun-Free Zones' But Guns Aren't Allowed on Many of His Properties, Staff Says, ABC News (May 20, 2016). Trump signs bill revoking Obama-era gun checks for mental illness”.
^ Gun free' schools are magnets for 'bad people': Trump ". ^ Trump suggests arming teachers as a solution to increase school safety”.
^ Haber man, Maggie; Kari, Annie; Hakim, Danny (August 20, 2019). Get Results on Gun Laws in One Phone Call With Trump ".
^ “Donald Trump's prepared speech to the Republican National Convention, annotated”. ^ a b Trump unveils list of potential picks for Supreme Court seat”.
“Donald Trump Releases List of Possible Supreme Court Picks”. ^ Trump's Supreme Court List Might Reassure Conservatives, But Leaves Off Big Names”.
^ Trump Goes Conventional With Conservative Supreme Court List”. “8 Highly Qualified Candidates to Serve on the Supreme Court”.
Trump : I'd pick justices who would look at Clinton's email scandal”. ^ Trump Calls Chief Justice Roberts a 'Nightmare for Conservatives “.
^ “Cruz Distorts Rubio's Stance on Gay Marriage”. “Clinton And Trump Are Both Promising An Extreme Supreme Court”.
^ a b c Abby Phillip, Robert Barnes & Ed O'Keefe, Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch says Trump ’s attacks on judiciary are 'demoralizing', Washington Post (February 8, 2017). ^ Eric Brander and Jeff Helen, Trump : 'If something happens blame' the judge, CNN (February 5, 2017).
^ Jeffrey Rose, Not Even Andrew Jackson Went as Far as Trump in Attacking the Courts, The Atlantic (February 2017). ^ Corky Siemaszko, Experts: Trump Undermines Judiciary With Twitter Attack on Judge Robert, NBC News (February 7, 2017).
“Donald Trump : I Will Push Term Limits to Tell Congress 'You're Fired “. ^ Trump Pledges To Drain The Swamp and Impose Congressional Term Limits”.
^ Trump calls for congressional term limits, lobbyist crackdown”. ^ Catherine Ho, Trump proposes five-year ban on executive branch officials and lawmakers who want to become lobbyists, Washington Post (October 17, 2016).
Trump suggested his supporters want him to serve more than 2 terms as president”. “Donald Trump Posts Image on Twitter, Instagram Joking That He'll Stand in 2024”.
^ “Fact check: Trump suggests video games to blame for mass shootings”. ^ Christine Gorman & Ryan F. Mandela, Grading the Presidential Candidates on Science: Scientific American evaluates responses from Clinton, Trump, Johnson and Stein to 20 questions, Scientific American (September 26, 2016).
^ http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/312076- trump -computers-have-complicated-lives-very-greatly ^ Caroline Craig, Where the candidates stand on Net neutrality, Infowar (September 25, 2015). ^ David Goldman, “Donald Trump wants to 'close up' the Internet”, CNN (December 8, 2015).
Trump Rolls Back Protections for LGBTQ Workers, Despite Recent Promises”. ^ Trump agrees to USMC agreement with LGBT provisions”.
Trump administration, intervening in major LGBT case, says job bias law does not cover sexual orientation”. “Justice Department Says Rights Law Doesn't Protect Gays”.
Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court To Legalize Firing Transgender Workers”. Trump Administration Erases Transgender Civil Rights Protections in Health Care”.
“US rules against state allowing transgender athletes to compete in women's sports”. “Supreme Court Lets Trump's Transgender Military Ban Take Effect”.
^ Green, Erica L.; Banner, Katie; Pear, Robert (October 21, 2018). “ Trump strips transgender prisoners of protections against rape & abuse”.
“Proposed HUD rule would strip transgender protections at homeless shelters”. ^ Trump attacks Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage”.
“The 2020 US census will fail to recognize all LGBT+ people who aren't currently in a same-sex relationship”. Trump's U.S. Census proposes, immediately cuts LGBT survey questions”.
Trump Administration Removes LGBTQ Questions From Elderly Survey”. Trump administration prepares a rule civil rights groups worry may deny care to transgender patients”.
Trump's World AIDS Day proclamation leaves out LGBTQ people”. ^ “President Donald J. Trump Proclaims December 1, 2017, as World AIDS Day”.
“VP Pence Criticized for Not Mentioning Gay Community in AIDS Speech”. ^ “HHS Announces New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division”.
“S.C. group can reject gays and Jews as foster parents, admin says”. “The Trump Administration Will Let Adoption Agencies Turn Away Jews and Same-Sex Couples.
“The Trump administration just asked the Supreme Court to make it legal to ban same-sex couples from adopting”. “New Human Rights Panel Raises Fears of a Narrowing U.S.
^ “Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons: Vacant (Archive)”. ' I don't know': Trump draws blank on homosexuality decriminalization push”.
“State Dept denies embassies' requests to fly rainbow pride flag on official flagpoles”. ^ “Stacking the Courts: The Fight Against Trump's Extremist Judicial Nominees”.
“A third of Trump's court nominees have anti-LGBTQ history, report finds”. ^ Trump's Latest Group Of Judicial Nominees Is A Jab At Dianne Feinstein And Kamala Harris”.
“White House hints at crackdown on recreational marijuana”. “Expect 'greater enforcement' of marijuana laws under Trump, Spicer says”.