[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 127 (Thursday, July 27, 2017)]
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REVIEWING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FIRST 6 MONTHS IN OFFICE
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from
Wisconsin (Mr. Pocan) for 5 minutes.
Mr. POCAN. Mr. Speaker, we are now at the 6-month point in President
Trump's time in office, and I think it is time we check in and do his
review. President Trump has made a lot of campaign promises, and we
should take a look at how he is living up to them.
First, creating jobs. Let's start with his claims that he would be
the “greatest jobs producer that God ever created.”
We haven't seen any major action on President Trump's jobs plan. His
infrastructure week included no concrete details--pardon the pun--and
his Made in America week meant nothing because his own products have
long been made overseas.
Despite bragging that he was saving jobs at Carrier in Indiana, we
have learned that Carrier is laying off 600 employees this month and
sending those jobs to Mexico.
After the Trump administration lobbied hard for Ford to not move to
Mexico, Ford announced it was moving the production of its Focus model
to China instead. Not exactly a deal closer.
As for creating jobs, that is an F.
Draining the swamp. How about his promises to drain the swamp?
President Trump has stacked his administration with insiders, opened
the floodgates to more lobbyists, and is loading his administration
with so many Goldman Sachs employees that the CEO of Goldman Sachs
called it an “inconvenience.” Donald Trump hasn't drained the swamp.
He has merely built a high-rise luxury condo on it. That will get him
an F as well.
Accomplishments. President Trump has yet to sign any major
legislative accomplishments into law. From repealing the Affordable
Care Act to tax reform, to an infrastructure package, not one of his
major initiatives has yet made it through Congress in over 6 months.
Now, that may be good news for the working men and women of this
country, but, still, as a grade, that gets him an F.
Tweeting. Now, we have seen a lot of action on Twitter from this
President, from insulting women and threatening journalists to
relitigating the election against Secretary Clinton and shouting “fake
news.” In fact, President Trump tweeted 991 times in his first 6
months in office with “fake news” being mentioned almost twice as
much as the word “jobs.”
While he scores high on the volume of tweets, he is low on the
content of tweets, so we are going to give him an incomplete in this
Golfing. President Trump's second favorite activity after tweeting is
golfing. According to CNN, in his first 6 months, President Trump spent
21 of his first 26 weekends in office at Trump properties and spent 40
days at Trump branded golf properties. So he is golfing for sure. Let's
give him an A.
Covfefe. Now, that is not a word in the dictionary or that I know in
the universe. I guess only Donald Trump knows what it really means, so
I am guessing he would give himself an A because there isn't a grade
higher until he invents one of those, too. But for the rest of us, that
is not even incomplete. That is just incoherent.
Conflicts of interest. American taxpayers have been footing the bill
for pricey trips to Trump branded properties and trips benefiting the
Trump family business in Canada, Uruguay, Mar-a-Lago in Florida, New
York, and many others places. President Trump's failure to separate
himself from his conflicts of interest shows special interest groups
around the world that influence can be sold to the highest bidder. I
will give him an A because apparently he is excelling at selling out
Job approval. President Trump has finished first in one area. We all
know he likes to be a winner. With a 36 percent approval rating,
President Trump is the first President to have that low of a 6-month
approval rating of any President in polls dating back 70 years. So from
the American people, apparently that is an F.
This has not been an impressive first 6 months, Mr. Speaker. If this
were a reality show, I think we would be hearing the famous “you are
fired, Mr. President.” But outside of that 6 months, just this week,
Mr. Speaker, Donald Trump embarrassed himself with inappropriate
comments before the Boy Scouts and insulted transgender Americans
serving in the military.
My only question, Mr. Speaker, is: When will the leadership on the
other side of the aisle quit enabling him and start standing up for
America is not a reality show.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Members are reminded to refrain from
engaging in personalities toward the President.