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How did President Donald Trump fare in the first year of his presidency? Doc recently guest-hosted for Glenn and covered some of Trump’s major accomplishments in 2017. What do you think of his list of Trump’s wins?
“It was a pretty good year,” Doc said. “I’ve got to give the guy credit.”
- Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court
- Republicans passed a major tax reform bill
- Jerusalem recognized as the official capital of Israel
- U.S. withdrew from the Paris climate accord
- Obama administration’s deal with Cuba rescinded
- EPA regulations rolled back
Listen to the audio clip or read the transcript below for more.
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
DOC: Let’s talk about the truth now. Because I mentioned, yes, Glenn Beck did not support vote for or support President Trump. I didn’t as well. But we’ve been pretty honest, calling the balls and strikes as we see them.
Is that good, or is that bad? And early on, the first big thing President Trump did was appoint Neil Gorsuch. And by some people’s desire or reason they voted for him, that was enough.
Fill that seat that was vacated by Antonin Scalia, with a true conservative. Maybe that was enough. And I gave him high marks for that.
Then the following couple months, not a lot got done. There were some things that I didn’t like. A little bombastic. Still gave him high marks. Okay. And that’s kind of been the malaise I think during the summers. Little stories here and there. And the media just obsesses over his tweet and fake news claims and this stuff. And I didn’t I say do the math and add up what the president had accomplished. Because, by the way, did they repeal Obamacare? Nope. Didn’t get it done.
A lot of stuff we were hoping that they didn’t get done, but that’s they, the party, including the Republicans in Congress.
If you look at President Trump’s track record, it was a pretty good year. Shockingly good year.
When I went down the list to prepare for today, I got to give the guy credit. So Neil Gorsuch, he did sign the tax reform bill.
Now, Congress did a lot of that work. So give them their due. The president did use the bully pulpit and suggest, you know, dropping the corporate tax rate down to 20 percent. It ended up being 21. Still good. But he did sign it and support it and got behind it.
He recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Said they were going to remove the embassy. Okay. That’s pretty big for people who supported him, supported Israel, said that’s what should happen there. That’s a huge step that everybody else has kicked the can down the road. Right? Clinton did it. Bush did it. Obama did it. All when they’re campaigning. Absolutely.
Got to be in Jerusalem. That’s American policy since the ’90s or whatever.
You going to do it? Well — so you support it? Oh, absolutely.
But you’re going to move it? Well…
That’s what they’re doing, right? Because they’re playing both sides. They’re playing politics. He said we’re going to do it. Okay.
He signed an executive order that demanded that two regulations be killed for every new one that it creates. When that happened, I said, fantastic, if they do it. So far, he has.
He’s eliminated more than he’s created. It’s a — by a huge margin. Can’t remember the percent. It’s like 8-1 or something. They’ve actually done it. He cut 16 rules and regulations for every one. But that’s an old statistic from months ago. So I don’t know what the actual updated number is. But it’s at least that. And this is a little loose. It saves 8.1 billion. That metric is a little off. But the number of rules and regulations cut versus created is true. He signed 15 congressional regulatory cuts by themselves.
He withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement. Okay. That’s pretty significant.
KAL: People flipped out on that one.
DOC: They did. And when it was out — I even talked about it. But looking back, now even more significant than I realized at the time, because there’s a lot going on. You know what I mean?
Signed an exact order. Cutting the time for infrastructure permit approvals.
Okay. That’s a little less, but still solid. He withdrew from the TPP. Huge.
And I remember why I didn’t give him enough credit for that one. Because it was not — we’re pull out of the TPP. It was, well, we’re going to do this. Think we’re going to do that? Yeah, we pulled out.
It was, he almost didn’t do himself a service as people. Because some of this stuff he campaigns on, then when it comes down to it, there’s a moment of hesitation. Maybe they’re just playing the media, whatever it is.
But then they do it. But during that hesitation, I’m like, ah, he’s not doing it, or whatever. Then, okay. Great. He did it.
So it doesn’t get — it’s not like he rode into town and said, here’s all the stuff I’m going to do. We’re pulling out of this stuff. Boom, boom, boom. And you go, hurray. But that’s the reason I want to bring up the facts and go down the list.
He started renegotiating NAFTA. Now, that was not as big an issue for some people. But it’s worth looking at. He ended Obama’s deal with Cuba. Awesome.
Why all of a sudden did we suddenly say, yeah, Cuba is not a problem.
He opened up 77 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling. Solid thing. Expanded some of the different infrastructure projects when it comes to energy, like the Keystone Pipeline. Awesome.
He ordered the EPA to kill Obama’s clean power plan. Awesome. And as part of that, he rolled back Obama’s attempt to regulate all US waterways. Remember, he was using the Clean Water Act, that even literally the mud puddle behind your house could have been covered. The federal government would have jurisdiction over. Which is ridiculous. It was never designed for that. He rolled that back.
Laid out and challenged now new plans to challenge and stop migration. Ended Obama’s catch and release program of illegals.
Has arrested more illegals inside the US now. Started the end of DACA. That’s another one that he kind of waffled on when it came down to it, or it seemed like he was going to waffle, but ended up doing the right thing.
Attempted to and in some ways have cracked down on US sanctuary cities. Of course, that was challenged at the Supreme Court. And they said they can’t do it. But he did the right thing. Did everything within his power as far as that goes. Has added 100 additional immigration judges to start processing those cases. Awesome. Reinstated and expanded the Mexico City policy, which is misleading. It has nothing really to do with Mexico City or immigration or anything like that.
That’s the money — the foreign aid that is used for abortions, where people get money in foreign aid form, and they can use it for abortion. And he rolled that back
He withdrew from the UN global compact on migration, which is wonderful. They have just said that they are going to — this is the last couple of days. Nikki Haley announced that they are cutting UN funding. He signed the VA Whistle-blower Act, to crack down. And as part of that, the Veterans Appeal Improvement and Modernization Act and signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act.
Now, those are all good steps. More has to be done. Much, much more with the VA. But that’s far more than Obama did with that. Just the Whistle Protection Act and their ability to now hold people accountable, where they can be fired.
Now, as soon as he took office, he fired a bunch of people at the VA, at the top. Some of them got their jobs back. That’s no fault of his.
That ended up being unions and courts and everything else. But the president did what was right.
Net neutrality wasn’t him directly. But on his watch, with his support, one of his guys —
KAL: Didn’t he appoint the guy?
DOC: One of them, yeah. Yeah, he didn’t get to appoint all of them. Because you still got Mignon Clyburn. Filet Mignon Cly- — did you know that’s Jim Clyburn’s daughter? James Clyburn, the forever congressman from South Carolina.
KAL: No, I didn’t know that.
DOC: She has no history of telecommunications or anything like that, but she works for the FCC. Hmm. Yeah, she got her job fair and square, I’m sure.
So these are just some of the things that President Trump has done. From a conservative/Libertarian standpoint, that’s pretty solid.
Any of the other failures of things like Obamacare, could he have led more on it? Could he have said we need specifically just a repeal, use the bully pulpit more? Maybe. But if you had asked me a year ago, two years ago, three years ago, my opinion on all of these, how do you want a president to rule on this, this, and this? And vote and rescind on executive order and whatever. I would have supported these.
KAL: At least with the Obamacare, didn’t he get the fine removed? Like you don’t get fined anymore —
DOC: Right. Exactly. The teeth are out of it. You still have to have it by law. But you’re not going to have it anymore. So a little bit. I mean, I’m wanting a grander statement of change. But as far as President Trump has gone. When I look back over all the stuff over the last year, he has used his office with most of these actions the right way. And this is in many cases rolling back many of the problems, many of the things that Obama did, some of it unconstitutionally during his eight years. It’s going to take a while.
That’s the truth.