100 Ways, in 100 Days, that Trump Has Hurt Americans

by the Center for American Progress

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This list is just a sample of the ways in which President Trump and his administration have already broken their promises to Americans and revealed their true priorities. As this list grows, real damage is being done to communities and working families across the nation. Trump should heed their calls to put the needs of ordinary Americans ahead of corporations and the wealthy. For details, visit www.americanprogress.org


1. Raised housing payments for new homebuyers by about $500 in 2017.
2. Attacked the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule, which would have required retirement advisers to act in their clients’ best financial interest.
3. Delayed court proceedings on the Obama administration’s expansion of overtime, failing to defend the pro-worker rule.
4. Delayed enforcement of a rule to reduce workers’ exposure to deadly silica dust for three months.
5. Repealed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which ensured that federal contractors complied with worker protection laws before receiving government contracts.
6. Supported efforts in Congress to cut taxes on the wealthy that help fund the Affordable Care Act or ACA.
7. Tried to cut his own taxes by millions of dollars while taking health insurance from tens of millions of Americans.
8. Assembled a team of wealthy financial industry elites to advise him on tax reform, which he promised would benefit the middle class.
9. Made it harder for veterans to find jobs with a federal hiring freeze.
10. Proposed budget cuts that would devastate rural America.
11. Proposed dramatically slashing job training programs and worker wage and safety enforcement.
12. Proposed budget cuts that would increase roadway congestion and reduce economic productivity.
13. Proposed budget cuts that would threaten billions in loans and investments to distressed communities.
14. Reneged on his promise to disclose his tax returns.
15. Proposed $6.7 billion cut to housing and community support programs.
16. Attacked neutral budget analysts so that lawmakers ignore negative effects from their policies.
17. Undermined investor protection by making it harder for the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, to hold Wall Street accountable.
18. Proposed funding cuts for programs that help support and encourage small business development.
19. Attempted to make it harder for entrepreneurs to get access to affordable health. The ACA helps millions of entrepreneurs obtain access to health care without relying on a spouse or employer, which allows them to take one of the necessary risks associated with starting a business. The proposed American Health Care Act, or AHCA, would reduce access to health care and make it more expensive for many people to get comprehensive health care coverage.
20. Proposes leaving 23,000 calls for help unanswered from disaster-struck Americans.
21. Proposed slashing the WIC program.
22. Proposed elimination of the HOME Investment Partnerships Program.
23. Proposed eliminating NeighborWorks America. NeighborWorks America provides grants to community development organizations that help build and maintain affordable housing. The program created 53,649 jobs and assisted 360,009 families with affordable housing in the last year alone.

Environment and Energy

24. Proposed cuts to energy programs that save people money.
25. Allowed a dangerous pesticide to stay on the market, despite it being a threat to children’s health.
26. Eliminated pollution standards for power plants and oil and gas facilities.
27. Proposed cutting EPA programs to clean up water sources.
28. Proposed eliminating programs at the EPA dedicated to preventing children’s exposure to lead-based paint, which can cause neurological delays.
29. Rolled back important protections for drinking water in coal communities.
30. Repealed anti-bribery rule to the delight of the oil industry.
31. Ripped off American taxpayers and avoided fixing the broken federal coal-leasing program.
32. Halted the first comprehensive review of the federal coal program in more than 30 years while simultaneously opening public lands for new leases to mine coal.
33. Proposed major cuts to the Department of the Interior’s budget that would impair critical maintenance of our national parks while making a public show of supporting them.
34. Pulled the rug from under private investors backing conservation efforts.
35. Declared open season on baby bears and wolves in wildlife refuges.
36. Moved to weaken air quality standards for ozone.
37. Signed an executive order nullifying the “social cost of carbon.
38. Stopped rules that would limit dumping toxins from power plants.
39. Changed standards to protect water and wildlife from lead poisoning.
40. Opened the door to reducing methane pollution standards.
41. Took steps to reverse progress to date on U.S. preparations for climate change.
42. Nominated an EPA administrator who denies scientific proof of climate change.
43. Proposed budget cuts to that will cause 5.7 million low-income residents to lose assistance with their heating bills and about 673,000 to lose cooling assistance.

Democracy and Government Reform

44. Imperiled American voters with untrue claims about illegal voting.
45. Brought pay-to-play corruption to the presidency.
46. Undermined transparency and accountability by continuing to hide his tax returns and withholding White House visitor logs.


47. Signed two Muslim and refugee bans, both of which have been enjoined by federal courts.
48. Made every unauthorized immigrant a deportation priority, regardless of equities.
49. Made immigrant survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault afraid to turn to law enforcement for help.
50. Arrested multiple recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.
51. Threatened to take away critical community safety funding from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions.
52. Scared authorized immigrants away from accessing benefits and necessary health care for which they and their children are eligible.


53. Trampled on the religious liberty of Muslims with his attempts at unconstitutional travel bans.
54. Attempted to redefine religious liberty only for those who share a conservative Christian faith.
55. Promises to destroy the Johnson Amendment, which prevents nonprofit organizations—including houses of worship—from endorsing political candidates.

Gun Violence Prevention

56. Signed a law that weakens the firearms background check system and undermines enforcement of the current law that prohibits certain individuals with a serious mental illness from gun possession.
57. Made it easier for fugitives to buy guns.

Health Care

58. Attempting to repeal the ACA. Repeal of the ACA would cause significant stress and anxiety for millions of families who rely on it for coverage. The AHCA would have resulted in 24 million more people being uninsured in 10 years—breaking President Trump’s promise to cover “everybody.” It would also have broken Trump’s campaign promise not to cut Medicaid.
59. Undermined the ACA marketplace. This uncertainty is having a direct impact on the marketplace by encouraging insurers to quit the market in 2018 or raise premiums. 60. Began to undermine Medicaid.
61. Made ACA marketplace enrollment more difficult.
62. Stripped Title X funding. Trump signed the bill, which allows states to block Title X funding. Title X funding provides critical reproductive, educational, and counseling services related to family planning and contraception to 4 million clients each year.
63. Reinstated the Global Gag Rule. The Global Gag Rule will lead to more maternal deaths, more unintended pregnancies, and higher rates of unsafe abortion.
64. Proposed cutting funds for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.
65. Proposed defunding Planned Parenthood. President Trump’s health care bill, the AHCA, would defund Planned Parenthood, which served 2.5 million patients in 2014.

Higher Education

66. Proposed deep cuts to programs that help make college more accessible and affordable for low-income students and students of color. President Trump’s budget proposed more than $5 billion in cuts to valuable programs, including the Pell Grant program and the work-study program, which provide needed funds to help low-income students afford the rising cost of college.
67. Rescinded protections for student loan borrowers.
68. Failed to help students when a critical resource for financial aid and loan repayment was shut down.
69. Endangered students by appointing for-profit college officials to top positions.
70. Undercut students’ civil rights by naming skeptics to top civil rights positions.

K-12 Education

71. Proposed completely eliminating federal funding for after-school programs.
72. Proposed completely eliminating federal funding to support teacher quality.
73. Nominated the highly unqualified and anti-public school Betsy DeVos as secretary of education.
74. Rescinded the Obama administration’s regulations that supported school accountability under the new Every Student Succeeds Act.
75. Rescinded the Obama administration’s regulations that supported improving teacher preparation programs.
76. Proposed cutting $9 billion from public education while spending $1.4 billion on school choice.
77. Proposed cutting crucial support for school reform efforts.


78. Named Jeff Sessions, a long-time opponent of civil rights, as attorney general, the top law enforcer in the nation.
79. Appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch—a judge with a long record of ruling against the rights of workers, women, and students with disabilities—to the Supreme Court.
80. Pressured the Senate to enact the “nuclear option” to get his Supreme Court nominee confirmed.
81. Undermined the legitimacy of the court system.
82. Nominated ideological extremists to federal courts.
83. Proposed eliminating the Legal Services Corporation. Already scarce access to justice will be put even further out of reach for 60.6 million low-income Americans under President Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Legal Services Corporation—the nation’s main funding stream for civil legal services.
84. Tried but failed to stop Baltimore police reform efforts. The federal court rejected Sessions’ motion, allowing needed police reforms that would build trust between the police and the communities they serve to proceed.
85. Attempted to bring back the war on drugs. Attorney General Sessions is implementing a tough-on-crime approach that would increase federal prosecutions and long prison sentences even for low-level, nonviolent offenders.
86. Supported outdated and ineffective criminal justice reforms that have a disproportionate impact on communities of color.
87. Reversed the Obama era Department of Justice’s order to stop contracting with private prison facilities.

Racial Justice

88. Supported economic policies that are detrimental to communities of color.
89. Supported education policies that do not support students of color.
90. Pushed environmental policies that will negatively affect communities of color. LGBTQ
91. Turned a blind eye to illegal anti-transgender discrimination in schools.
92. Erased LGBTQ people from federal surveys, making it impossible to know if government programs serve them fairly.
93. Appointed longtime opponents of LGBTQ rights—including members of anti-LGBTQ hate groups—to key administration positions.
94. Proposed slashing funding for research to cure HIV/AIDS.
95. Barred refugees and asylum seekers fleeing anti-LGBTQ persecution from protection in the United States.

National Security

96. Made Americans less safe from the Islamic State or IS.
97. Made Americans more vulnerable to pandemic diseases such as Zika and Ebola.
98. Undermined American jobs and security by ceding global leadership to Beijing.
99. Oversaw an increase in civilian deaths from U.S. military operations.
100. Threatened national security and hurt the integrity of America’s democracy by an ongoing lack of transparency and refusal to disclose details about his finances and ties to Russia.