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Trump making little progress on promises to voters

By Robert B. Reich, Tribune Content Agency on

10. He said he would not be a president who took vacations, and he called Barack Obama "the vacationer-in-chief." You bought it. But since becoming president, Trump has spent nearly 25 percent of his days at one of his golf properties, reports Golf News Net, and it's come at a cost of at least $43 million to American taxpayers, according to

11. He said he'd force companies to keep jobs in America, and that there would be "consequences" for companies that shipped jobs abroad. You believed him. But despite their promises, Carrier, Ford, GM and the rest have continued to ship jobs to Mexico and China. Carrier (a division of United Technologies) has moved ahead with plans to send 1,000 jobs to Mexico. Still, the federal government has rewarded United Technologies with 15 new contracts since Trump's inauguration.

12. He promised to "bring back thousands" of lost coal-mining jobs. You bought it. But coal jobs continue to disappear as utilities switch to natural gas.

13. He promised to protect steel workers. But according to the American Iron and Steel Institute, steel imports were 19.4 percent higher in the first 10 months of 2017 than in the same period last year. ArcelorMittal just announced it will lay off 150 of its 207 steel workers at its plant in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

14. He said he'd make America safer. You believed him. But according to Mass Shooting Tracker, there have been 377 mass shootings since he became president. Trump refuses to consider any gun controls.

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15. He said he'd release his tax returns. "I'm under a routine audit and it'll be released, and as soon as the audit is finished, it will be released," he promised. He still hasn't released his tax returns.


(Robert Reich, a former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few," now available in paperback. His film "Inequality for All" is available on Amazon, DVD and On Demand, and his documentary "Saving Capitalism" is now on Netflix. His daily blog is at



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