Two years after Trump’s inauguration: a look back

Two years after Trump’s inauguration: a look back
January 21 11:15 2019 Print This Article

Sunday marked the second anniversary of President Donald John Trump’s inauguration. Most people can probably remember where they were on that sunny Friday afternoon. President Trump unexpectedly vanquished 16 Republican primary opponents and won 31 states in the general election against heavily-favored Hillary Clinton, carrying 85% of America’s counties.

In two years as President, Trump has a list of accomplishments almost too large to mention. Unemployment reached a 49-year low. Minority poverty rates are at the lowest levels ever. The NFIB small business optimism index reached its highest level. America became a net exporter of oil and oil products, with consumer gasoline prices dropping below $2.00 per gallon in much of the country. Corporate income taxes were reduced by 40%, and more regulations were eliminated by the Trump Administration than by any other. Better trade agreements were reached with several countries, with others being negotiated.

Here are some of the notable remarks from Trump’s January 20, 2017 inaugural address:

End of politics as usual. “We are transferring power from Washington, DC and giving it back to you, the American people.” He criticized politicians from both parties, stating, “We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action. The time for empty talk is over. Do not let anyone tell you that it can’t be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America!”

Listen to the forgotten men and the forgotten women. “January 20, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of this country will be forgotten no longer!” Millions of Americans have re-entered the workforce since Trump’s inauguration and the Median Household Income rose above the 1999 level for the first time.

Rebuild our crumbling inner cities. “For too many of our citizens, a different reality exists. Mothers and children are trapped in poverty in our inner cities. We have an education system flush with cash which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge. The crime and gangs and drugs have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.” The Trump Administration’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has arrested thousands of MS-13 gang members. The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has introduced programs to lift people in public housing out of poverty and learn career skills. Opportunity Zones have been created to encourage investment in high poverty areas. Corporations, labor unions, and non-profits have agreed to create millions of apprenticeship positions.

America First economic policy. “Every decision on trade, taxes, on immigration and foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. For many decades, we have enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry. One by one, the (American) factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers left behind.” Since Trump’s inauguration, 284,000 manufacturing jobs have been added. The Trump Administration re-negotiated trade agreements with Canada, Mexico, and South Korea and is entered in trade negotiations with China, Japan and the European Union for agreements more favorable to American producers and workers. President Trump removed America from the Paris Climate Accord, which would have taxed Americans for the use of electricity and motor fuels.

Renewal. “We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come!”

The first two years of the Trump Administration have been fast-paced and eventful. He has had to contend with media coverage that is more than 90% negative, Democrat members of Congress who have pledged to resist every Trump initiative, foes in his own party, and the entrenched “Deep State” bureaucrats, in agencies like the FBI. Nevertheless, Trump is fully determined to stay the course and stick to the objectives he outlined on inauguration day.