7. Withdrew from Paris Climate accord
The President announced that the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate accord. According to a Heritage Energy Model by the Heritage Foundation, the accord would have caused an overall average shortfall of nearly 400,000 jobs, increases in household electricity expenditures between 13 percent and 20 percent, and gross domestic product (GDP) loss of over $2.5 trillion.
8. War on regulation
On Trump’s war on regulations, Politico reports: “The effect has been immediate and dramatic: According to data compiled by POLITICO, significant federal regulation since Trump’s inauguration has slowed to an almost total halt.
From Inauguration Day until the end of May, just 15 regulations were approved by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), the White House department that reviews important new federal rules. That’s by far the fewest among comparable periods since recordkeeping began in the 1990s: Ninety-three rules were approved during the same period in Barack Obama’s administration, and 114 under George W. Bush.
On the side of repealing standing regulations, according to the Washington Post, as of June 14th 62 rules have been canceled with 17 more cancellations in the works.
According to a study by the American Action Forum, just 11 of the rules deleted will save the economy $1.1 billion a year.
9. Mexico sugar deal
Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross struck a deal with Mexico ending a long-standing dispute over Mexican sugar imports, averting a trade war, eased tensions between the two countries about to sit down to talk NAFTA, and received significant concessions from Mexico. The deal has Mexico shift its exports to a smaller proportion of refined sugar and a larger proportion of raw sugar to the United States. While refined sugar can go straight to market, raw sugar gives Americans the job to refine it, more work means more jobs.
10. Canada crackdown
In April, the department of commerce announced new tariffs averaging 20 percent on Canadian softwood lumber imports. The Department ruled that Canadian imports were unfair to American lumber, since in Canada lumber is taken from state owned forests charging artificially low prices, while American lumber is largely from private lands charging the normal price.
The tariffs were also in response to Canada refusing to open its market to American dairy, a move that is very bad for American farmers. A few hours before the announced of the tariffs President Trump tweeted: “Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!”
11. Power delegated to the military
Though not an “accomplishment,” its significant: Soon after taking office, the president granted U.S. commanders the authority to order attacks in countries with little American military presence. Under the Obama administration, commanders in countries with relatively small US military presence had to seek permission from the White House before an attack or airstrike. Reportedly, that approval process was frustrating and unnecessarily complex for U.S. military leaders there, requiring commanders to submit memos justifying the action to the White House. That, part of a larger shift in leadership. President Obama was criticized for “micromanaging” the military, but President Trump is criticized for giving the pentagon too much power. In another example, the President has given Secretary of Defense James Mattis authority over troop numbers in Iraq, Syria, and most significantly, Afghanistan. Apparently, something out of the question under Obama.
12. Doubled Budget for Apprenticeships
Newly released data indicating 6 million U.S. job vacancies. How can this be if there are 6.9 million unemployed? CEOs’ answer is that the people do not have the skills they are looking for. With the normal American going to college and studying university subjects, there are little left with skill and knowledge of jobs that are less sophisticated more “hands on,” jobs in manufacturing, electricity, carpentry, construction, and such. Many see the solution in “apprenticeships,” programs to teach and train workers “on the job.” The President signed an executive order promoting apprenticeships by reducing overly rigid requirements for administering apprenticeship programs, establishing a Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, and more than doubling the government’s spending on apprenticeship programs.
13. Modernizing Government Systems
In the first steps of the Trump team’s quest to update the government’s IT systems, the VA will adopt the same electronic health records system as the Department of Defense, which will ultimately result in all patient data residing in one common system and enable seamless care between the Departments without the manual and electronic exchange and reconciliation of data between two separate systems. There is a VA accountability office, established by executive order last month, and a White House hotline to receive veterans’ complaints. A “soft launch” of that hotline begins Thursday, with plans to be fully operational by Aug. 15.
In addition, Office of Management and Budget announced on June 15 that it was rescinding 50 IT procurement and management policies deemed “redundant, obsolete or unnecessary,” and modifying nine more — resulting in the savings of potentially tens of thousands of staff hours.