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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 127 (Thursday, July 27, 2017)]
[Page H6473]
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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 area.

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 potential.

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 this country?

America is not a reality show.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the President. ____________________

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