Al Black
2 min readNov 9, 2017


Specific achievements in Trump’s first year:

Border Control:

“In August, the US Border Patrol reported 20 percent less illegal immigrants captured over the past 12 months than the previous period. The 17,000 arrests in March were the least in 17 years and marked the fifth successive month they had fallen.

“We’ve seen an absolutely amazing drop in the number of migrants coming out of Central America that are taking that terribly dangerous route to the United States,” insisted Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.”

Judicial Appointments:

“As Barack Obama left office, he nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy as Associate Justice in the US Supreme Court, the highest court in the land.

But with the election looming, the Senate refused to confirm the appointment and Mr Garland’s nomination expired as Mr Trump took office.

Instead, he promoted Neil Gorsuch to the seat, perhaps the first and highest-profile appointment of a radical shift in the judiciary. Mr Trump will have the opportunity to make several High Court appointments and has already begun filling lower courts with lifetime appointees.”

Environment vs Industry:

While pulling out of the Paris accord was purely symbolic, as it was non-binding anyway, the symbolism is important as it shows American leadership where it was sorely needed, yet very unpopular. Obama only “led” where his issue was popular, which is a lot like following: it takes real leadership to make the right decision, even when that is unpopular with the brainwashed public.

“Mr Trump has promised to “begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its business, its workers, its people, its taxpayers”.

Many Americans would applaud that defence of their interests.”

“ The EPA has already begun dismantling Mr Obama’s Clean Power Plan, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas, and overturning a drilling ban in the Arctic and parts of the Atlantic Ocean.”

Stocks Rising

“Mr Trump claims the US economy is “surging” and under his watch, the stock market has hit an all-time high, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average exceeding 23,000 for the first time ever. A year ago, it stood at about 18,200.

That confidence is attributed to the corporate world’s greater trust in Trump, compared to the alternatives of Mr Obama or Hillary Clinton.”

Homeland Security

‘Perhaps the greatest thing Mr Trump has given Americans is a sense that he won’t back down from anyone in the world.” He now has the assurance that if North Korea attacks the USA or its Allies, China will stay neutral. China will only defend North Korea is the USA attacks first, something that is never going to happen. This makes a North Korean attack much less likely than it was before.

ISIS is is full retreat everywhere in the territory it once controlled in Syria and Iraq, just as trump promised.

Not bad for the first year since he was elected.



Al Black

I work in IT, Community volunteer interested in Politics, support Capitalism as the best economic system for lifting people out of poverty, Skeptical scientist.