During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump made more than 280 promises, though many were contradictory or just uttered in a single campaign event. But on Oct. 22, Trump issued what he called his “Contract with the American Voter.” This was a specific plan of action that would guide his administration, starting from the first day, and listed 60 promises. He even signed it with his distinctive signature. During Trump’s term, The Washington Post Fact Checker will track the progress of each pledge – and whether Trump has achieved his stated goal. Sign up for the weekly Fact Checker newsletter here.

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government process

Propose a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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government process

Impose a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety and public health)

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Updated Apr. 12, 2017

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On the day Trump took office, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus sent a memo to federal agencies instructing the bureaucracy to enact a federal hiring freeze. Then, on Jan. 23, Trump signed an order that formally froze hiring. But it later emerged the hiring ban is scheduled to last just 90 days. On April 12, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said the freeze would be ended and the White House would seek to embark on a government-wide effort to overhaul the executive branch and significantly reduce its workforce. This promise has thus been shifted from "kept" to "compromise" and we will continue to monitor it.

government process

Require that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated

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Updated Jan. 30, 2017

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On Jan. 30, Trump said he had signed an executive order making this official policy. Regulatory experts said it would be impossible to carry out, but for the time being we will label this as a promise kept. But we will monitor to see if this proposal actually takes root.

government process

Impose a five-year ban on White House and congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service

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Updated Jan. 29, 2017

Deadline: Apr. 13, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On Jan. 28, Trump signed an order that he said would impose a five-year ban on lobbying after government service by executive-branch officials. This appeared broader than the language in the contract, which said it would apply to White House officials, but it actually fails to fulfill his repeated pledge to "drain the swamp." There is no reference in an executive order to a ban on congressional officials. The five-year ban applies only to lobbying one’s former agency — not becoming a lobbyist. Moreover, Trump actually weakened some of the language from similar bans under Obama and George W. Bush, and reduced the level of transparency. Given that this action in many ways is a step backward, we will label this as a promise broken. (On April12, Bloomberg News reported that Trump also granted a waiver to a White House aide who had signed the pledge but left to join a business lobbying association.)

government process

Impose a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government

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Updated Jan. 28, 2017

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On Jan. 28, Trump signed an order that he said would result in a lifetime ban on administration officials lobbying for foreign governments.

government process

Impose a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for U.S. elections

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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trade

Announce the U.S. intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205

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Updated Apr. 27, 2017

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On Jan. 22, Trump said he will begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement when he meets with the leaders of Canada and Mexico. He did not mention withdrawing from the deal, under the Article 2204 clause of the agreement, if he did not get what he wanted. On April 26, Trump tweeted that he had spoken the presidents of Mexico and Canada about renegotiating NAFTA. "I agreed, subject to the fact that if we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA," he wrote. This appears to fulfill his promise to announce this threat, so we will label this as kept.

trade

Announce the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Updated Jan. 23, 2017

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On Jan. 23, Trump signed an order withdrawing from the TPP.

trade

Direct the secretary of the treasury to label China a currency manipulator

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Updated Apr. 12, 2017

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On April 12, Trump announced he would not label China a currency manipulator -- a promise he had pledged to do on his first day in office. Trump told the Wall Street Journal that he had changed his mind because China is not currently manipulating his currency, though that was already apparent during the election season.

trade

Direct the secretary of commerce and U.S. trade representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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trade

Direct the secretary of commerce and U.S. trade representative to use every tool under American and international law to end foreign trading abuses immediately

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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energy

Lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal

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Updated Mar. 29, 2017

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On March 28, Trump signed an order that instructed federal regulators to rewrite key Obama-era rules curbing U.S. carbon emissions — namely the Clean Power Plan, which was intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s electric plants. It also sought to lift a moratorium on federal coal leasing and remove the requirement that federal officials consider the impact of climate change when making decisions.

energy

Lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward

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Updated Jan. 24, 2017

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On Jan. 24, Trump signed an order clearing the way for the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines to move forward. He also signed a memorandum that would expedite environmental reviews of "high-priority" infrastructure projects

environment

Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure

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Updated Jun. 2, 2017

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On June 1. Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord on climate change. He made clear he would not deliver the remaining $2 billion the United States has committed to the Green Climate Fund. On one level, this is a promise kept, but Trump specifically said he would devote the funds to fixing environmental and water structures in the United States, so we will monitor to see if that is the case. His budget overall has reduced funding for environmental initiatives.

government process

Cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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government process

Begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia (from list of 20 issued during campaign)

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Updated Jan. 31, 2017

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On Jan. 24, Trump told reporters: "I’ll be making my decision [on a Supreme Court justice] this week and we’ll be announcing next week." We will monitor to see whether he chooses a nominee from the list of 20 possibilities released during the campaign. On Jan. 31, Trump announced the selection of Neil Gorsuch, one of the names on his original list. Gorsuch was ultimately confirmed by the Senate with a vote of 54-45.

immigration

Cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities

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Updated Apr. 25, 2017

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On Jan. 25, Trump issued an executive order that declared that sanctuary cities that refused to comply were not eligible for federal grants, except those deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes. This is much more timid than Trump's promise to cancel all federal funding -- and the order will be tested in the courts. So we cannot label this yet as "kept." On April 25, a federal judge imposed a nationwide injunction against the executive order.

immigration

Begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country

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Updated Feb. 21, 2017

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

The Department of Homedland Security issued memos that considerably broaden the pool of undocumented immigrants prioritized for removal, including those who have been charged with crimes but not convicted, those who commit acts that constitute a “chargeable criminal offense,” and those who an immigration officer concludes pose “a risk to public safety or national security.”

immigration

Cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take back criminal illegal immigrants

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Updated Apr. 10, 2017

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On Jan. 25, Trump signed an executive order that said: "The Secretary of State shall, to the maximum extent permitted by law, ensure that diplomatic efforts and negotiations with foreign states include as a condition precedent the acceptance by those foreign states of their nationals who are subject to removal from the United States." This is much less sweeping than his pledge to immediately cancel visas from those countries. On April 8, The Washington Post reported that the State Department had not acted on that order and that "Trump is confronting the same diplomatic and legal challenges as his predecessors, including whether to jeopardize national security and economic interests so that a nation such as China will accept all Chinese citizens that U.S. authorities want to deport." So we are now labeling this as a promise broken.

immigration

Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur

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Updated Mar. 8, 2017

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On Jan. 27, Trump signed an executive order that contained a temporary entry ban that would affect citizens of seven countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. The order also halted all refugees from Syria, and suspended all refu­gee admissions for 120 days. This is somewhat different from his promise to "suspend immigration from terror-prone region" so we will continue to evaluate this promise. But within days this action was blocked nationwide by a federal district court in Washington state, and then by the a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. So we have switched this to "stuck." Trump on March 6 issued a revised order, this time not including Iraq and making numerous other changes. But it also was blocked by the courts. Then, on June 26, the Supreme Court permitted a scaled-back version of the ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect, while deciding to hear the merits of the case in the fall. The court’s unsigned order said the government may not bar those with a “bona fide” connection to the United States, such as having family members here, or a job or a place in an American university. When the Trump administration narrowly defined a "bone fide" connection to exclude grandparents, the Supreme Court on July 19 rejected that narrow interpretion.

immigration

Impose “extreme vetting” on all people coming into our country

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

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economy

Propose and pass tax simplification bill in which the largest tax reductions are for the middle class

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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economy

Give a middle-class family with two children a 35 percent tax cut

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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economy

Reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to three, and likewise greatly simplify tax forms

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Updated Apr. 26, 2017

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On April 26, Trump unveiled a plan that would cut rdduce the number of tax brackets to three, though the plan was not very detailed.

economy

Lower the business tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent

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Updated Apr. 26, 2017

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On April 26, Trump unveiled a plan that would cut corporate taxes from 35 percent to 15 percent, though the plan was not very detailed.

economy

Allow trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas to be brought back at a 10 percent tax rate

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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trade

Establish tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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economy

Leverage public-private partnerships and private investments through tax incentives to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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economy

Make sure the $1 trillion infrastructure plan will be revenue neutral

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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education

Redirect education money to give parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice

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Updated Mar. 16, 2017

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

Trump's budget plan proposed to shift $1.4 billion toward expanding charter schools, private-school vouchers and other alternatives to traditional public schools. But it must be approved by Congress.

education

End Common Core

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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education

Expand vocational and technical education

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Updated Mar. 16, 2017

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

Trump's budget plan would cut the Education Department's budget by 13.5 percent but is silent on what happens to technical and vocational education.

education

Make two- and four-year college more affordable

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Updated Mar. 16, 2017

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

Trump's budget contains deep cuts in aid for low-income and first generation college students. The budget would eliminate the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program, a 50-year-old program, for a savings of $732 million, which goes to more than a million poor college kids each year. The budget would also reduce Federal Work Study "significantly" though no dollar figure was given.

health care

Replace Obamacare with health savings accounts

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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health care

Allow the purchase of health insurance across state lines

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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health care

Let states manage Medicaid funds

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Updated Mar. 8, 2017

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

Trump has backed the House Republican plan which would convert Medicaid into a per-capita block grant

government process

Cut red tape at the FDA to speed approval of new drugs

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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economy

Allow Americans to deduct child care and elder care from their taxes

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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economy

Incentivize employers to provide on-site child-care services

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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economy

Create tax-free dependent care savings accounts for young and elderly dependents

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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economy

Provide matching contributions for low-income families to the dependent care savings accounts

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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immigration

Make Mexico reimburse the United States for the full cost of the wall

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Updated Aug. 3, 2017

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

In a phone conversation with the Mexican president on Jan. 27, provided to The Washington Post and published Aug. 3, Trump indicated he would not fulfill this promise, but would not say so publicly because it would hurt him politically. He pressed the president to not raise the issue or indicate he would not pursue his promise. "You cannot say that to the press,” Trump said, according to the transcripy. “The press is going to go with that, and I cannot live with that.” We are thus labeling this as a promise broken because since that conversation, Trump has rarely raised the issue and made no move to force compliance by Mexico.

immigration

Establish a two-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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immigration

Establish a five-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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immigration

Reform visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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immigration

Reform visa rules to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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crime

Reduce surging crime, drugs and violence

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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crime

Create a task force on violent crime

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Updated Feb. 9, 2017

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

On Feb. 9, Trump signed an executive order directing the Justice Department to form a task force on violent crime.

crime

Increase funding for programs that train and assist local police

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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crime

Increase resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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national security

Eliminate the defense sequester

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Updated Mar. 16, 2017

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

Trump's proposed budget would eliminate the sequester.

national security

Expand military investment

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Updated Mar. 16, 2017

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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Fact Checker analysis:

Trump's proposed budget would boost defense spending, though some critics said it falls short.

health care

Provide veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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national security

Pass a law to protect our vital infrastructure from cyberattack

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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immigration

Establish new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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government process

Enact new ethics reforms to reduce the corrupting influence of special interests

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Updated Dec. 13, 2016

Deadline: Apr. 29, 2017

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