The mainstream media has to let the truth out at least some of the time.
On Monday, the Associated Press published a piece that acknowledged President Trump has achieved a large portion of his campaign promises after nearly a year in office.
“Trump has followed through on dozens of his campaign promises, overhauling the country’s tax system, changing the U.S. posture abroad and upending the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants,” wrote AP’s Calvin Woodward and Jill Colvin.
The writers repeatedly interjected their commentary by documenting pledges the president is yet to accomplish:
“His own administration’s sloppy start explains why none of the laws he pledged to sign in his first 100 days came to reality then and why most are still aspirational.”
Woodward and Colvin noted that “[n]evertheless, Trump has nailed the tax overhaul … won confirmation of a conservative Supreme Court justice and other federal judges, and used his executive powers with vigor to slice regulations and pull the U.S. away from international accords he assailed as a candidate.”
The authors admitted that a number of the President Trump’s presently unfulfilled promises have not been realized due to factors outside his control.
“Courts tied his most provocative actions on immigration and Muslim entry in knots, but illegal border crossings appear to be at historic lows,” they wrote.
In another section, the article credited congressional Republicans with stalling the president’s pledged Obamacare repeal.
According to the piece, President Trump’s most undeniable wins have been in the spheres of energy and foreign policy.
The analysis read:
“He announced his intention to take the U.S. out of the Paris climate-change accord. He gave swift approval to the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines stalled by President Barack Obama, moved to shrink protected national monument lands in Utah and Arizona, and acted to lift restrictions on mining coal and coastal drilling for oil and natural gas.
“A provision in the new tax law opens the long-protected Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.”
The article went on to recount the brutal reduction of the Islamic State’s caliphate under President Trump, as well as hid decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a “goal that both parties have embraced in their platforms for decades but never acted on.”
I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I am also directing the State Department to begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem… pic.twitter.com/YwgWmT0O8m
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2017
Colvin and Woodward also described an often-overlooked Trump accomplishment: the signing of legislation that makes it easier to fire Veterans Affairs employees for misconduct.
The authors’ final estimation of the Trump presidency:
“The upshot? For all his rogue tendencies, Trump has shaped up as a largely conventional Republican president when measured by his promises kept and in motion.
“The Twitter version of Trump may be jazzed with braggadocio about the size of his (nonexistent) nuclear button and his ‘very stable genius.’ But the ledger of actions taken is recognizable to Washington: mainstream Republican tax cuts, pro-business policy (with exceptions on trade), curbs on environmental regulation and an approach to health care that’s been in the GOP playbook for years.”
You can almost imagine the AP authors clenching their teeth as they wrote this.