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The Trump Administration has released an exhaustive list of accomplishments achieved over the past four years, many of which have largely gone unreported in much of the establishment media.
“Before the China Virus invaded our shores, we built the world’s most prosperous economy,” the statement begins, noting the administration achieved an “unprecedented economic boom.”
In addition to 7 million new jobs — “more than three times government experts’ projections” — the administration said that annual income for middle-class families grew by nearly $6,000, or “more than five times the gains during the entire previous administration.”
Weeks before state and local governments began shutting down their economies, the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent, “the lowest in a half-century,” the administration said.
In fact, in March 2019, CBS News reported that there were a million more jobs available in the U.S. than unemployed workers — a fact noted by the administration, which said it “achieved 40 months in a row with more job openings than job hirings.”
Nearly 160 million Americans were employed pre-pandemic, another record, as “jobless claims hit a nearly 50-year low,” the White House said.
As incomes gained “in every single metro area” in the country for the first time in almost 30 years, the number of people “claiming unemployment insurance as a share of the population hit its lowest on record,” the administration said.
The list of accomplishments also noted an oft-repeated point — that during Trump’s term, blacks and Hispanics, as well as Asian-Americans and Native Americans all achieved record low unemployment rates. So, too, did Americans with disabilities and workers without a high school diploma, the administration said.
“The bottom 50 percent of American households saw a 40 percent increase in net worth,” said the administration, adding: “Wages rose fastest for low-income and blue collar workers – a 16 percent pay increase.”
Meanwhile, “African American homeownership increased from 41.7 percent to 46.4 percent,” the White House noted.
More than 1.2 million factory and construction jobs were created, as the president enacted “policies to bring back supply chains from overseas,” the list notes.
The administration also touted the meteoric growth in the various U.S. stock indices, which have been good for businesses as well as average Americans’ retirement accounts tied to the markets.
One of President Trump’s 2016 campaign pledges that went unfulfilled was the passage of a massive infrastructure rebuilding project to repair and replace aging, crumbling bridges, roads, sewers, and water systems. But the administration did manage to invest “over $1.3 billion through the Agriculture Department’s ReConnect Program to bring high-speed broadband infrastructure to rural America,” the list notes.
The administration also touted the president’s COVID-19 policies that included a rejection of “blanket lockdowns” as vital to the economic rebound seen in recent months.
“During the third quarter of 2020,” the White House said, “the economy grew at a rate of 33.1 percent — the most rapid GDP growth ever recorded.”
“Since coronavirus lockdowns ended, the economy has added back over 12 million jobs, more than half the jobs lost,” says the White House. “Jobs have been recovered 23 times faster than the previous administration’s recovery.”
The White House said that under President Barack Obama, “it took 49 months for the unemployment rate to fall from 10 percent” following the Great Recession” to under 7 percent compared to just 3 months for the Trump Administration” following the mass joblessness created by mandated business closures and the pandemic.
At the same time, “80 percent of small businesses are now up, up from just 53 percent in April.”
Additional accomplishments noted by the administration include:
— The creation of more than 9,000 “Opportunity Zones” to attract business investment and create jobs;
— Tax relief for corporations, businesses, and the vast majority of American workers;
— The elimination of reams of regulations, which has added to the country’s economic growth;
— Pursued “fair and reciprocal trade” agreements that put the United States first, including withdrawal “from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership” and replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA);
— “Historic support for American farmers”;
— Making the U.S. “a net energy exporter” for the first time in seven decades;
— Approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines;
— Increased access to the country’s “abundant natural resource in order to achieve energy independence”;
— Built more than 450 miles of new border wall and secured agreements with countries to house migrants there instead of in the U.S.;
— “Fully enforced the immigration laws” of the country;
— Got NATO countries to significantly increase their contributions to the alliance, as per their initial agreement;
— Strengthened and rebuilt the U.S. military;
— Reduced U.S. troop presence in war zones overseas;
— Brokered several historic peace deals between long-time enemies in eastern Europe and the Middle East;
— Moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to the capital of Jerusalem, though the three previous presidents pledged to do so;
— Defeated ISIS
— Sped development of two new vaccines for the COVID-19 pandemic in record time.
In a weekend column published at FoxNews.com, contributor Deroy Murdock wrote that historians should remember more of what Trump accomplished than his two politicized impeachments and the U.S. Capitol riot.
“Future historians should focus less on Trump’s abundant self-regard and, instead, do this: Ask not what Donald J. Trump did for himself. Ask what he did for his country,” he noted.
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