A year of Donald Trump: What has the 45th president done so far?

Donald Trump, 45th president, made a wealth of promises before taking office: building a wall along the border with Mexico, ditching Barack Obama’s flagship healthcare policy, and stopping Muslims entering the country were on his to-do list.

A year on, these are the policies he has managed to enact and the pledges he has broken:

Repealing Obamacare

Mr Trump campaigned on a platform to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Mr Obama’s healthcare reform policy that aimed to give all Americans, especially those from low-income families, affordable medical cover.

According to Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, an associate professor of international relations at SOAS, University of London, both sides of Congress plus swaying public attitudes to Obamacare stopped Mr Trump following through on a key campaign promise.

“Shockingly, despite the fact that (Trump) campaigned on how awful the affordable care act was,” she said, “the public opinion in support of Obamacare has risen quite significantly during his administration.”

“The last thing Congress wanted to do is return to their constituents and tell them that they’d gotten rid of their healthcare,” especially considering the upcoming midterms.

The wall 

Another of his key campaign pledges was to build a wall along the border with Mexico, paid for by the neighbouring country.

There is no wall covering the 2,000 mile-long border yet, although the department of homeland security did announce the names of potential contractors last August.

The wall is something Democrats have fiercely fought against funding, but Mr Trump maintains the wall will be built.

The 45th president said on Thursday funding for the wall must be part of any deal to replace Obama-era legislation protecting undocumented children that he is threatening to ditch.

Tax reform

Donald Trump speaks at a lecturn
Donald Trump promised drastic changes to the tax system (Andrew Harnik/AP)

While campaigning, Mr Trump promised to eliminate the death tax, introduce a 15% flat rate for businesses, and simplify the tax code from seven brackets to three, based on income.

And in late December, the White House managed its first concrete win, pushing a tax bill through the house and just about getting it through the senate.

“Republicans were coming to the one-year mark and they wanted that success,” said Dr Vinjamuri.

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