Promises Made by Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election

Republican Vowed Action on Immigration, Obamacare, Jobs and Trade

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Republican President-elect campaigns in this 2016 photo. Joey Foley/Getty Images

President-elect Donald Trump made a lot of promises while he was running for office in the 2016 election. Some political observers counted hundreds of Trump promises. Trump promised major action on everything from illegal immigrant to coal mining to bringing jobs back from overseas to building a wall along the Mexican border to launching an investigation of his opponent in the presidential election, Hillary Clinton.

Which promises will Trump keep and which promises will Trump abandon after he takes office on Jan. 20, 2017? Here's a look at six of the biggest, and probably the most difficult to keep, Trump promises.

Repeal Obamacare

This was a biggie for Trump and his supporters. Trump repeatedly called the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, a disaster. 

"One thing we have to do: Repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare. It's destroying our country. It's destroying our businesses. You take a look at the kind of numbers that that will cost us in the year '17, it is a disaster. It's probably going to die of its own weight. But Obamacare has to go. The premiums are going up 60, 70, 80 percent. Bad health care at the most expensive price. We have to repeal and replace Obamacare."

Trump has promised a "full repeal" of Obamacare. He has also promised to replace the program by expanding the use of Health Savings Accounts; allowing policyholders to deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns; and permit shopping for plans across state lines.

 

Build a Wall

Trump has promised to construct a wall along the entire length of the United States border with Mexico and then force Mexico to reimburse taxpayers for the cost. The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, has openly stated his country will not pay for the wall.  "At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump," he said in August 2016, "I made clear that Mexico would not pay for the wall."

Bring Jobs Back 

Trump promised to bring thousands of job back to the United States that had been shipped overseas by American companies. He also promised to stop American companies from shifting positions overseas through the use of tariffs. "I will bring jobs back from China. I will bring jobs back from Japan. I will bring jobs back from Mexico. I'm going to bring jobs back and I'll start bringing them back very fast," Trump said.

Cut Taxes On the Middle Class

Trump has promised to drastically cut taxes on the middle class. "A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35 percent tax cut," Trump said. He promised the relief as part of a Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act. "Isn’t that nice?" Trump said. "It’s about time. The middle class in our country has been devastated."

End Political Corruption in Washington

His battle cry: Drain the swamp!

Trump promised to work to end corruption in Washington, D.C. To do that, he said he would seek a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress. He also said he would ban White House and congressional staffers from lobbying within five years of leaving their government positions, and place lifetime bans on White House officials lobbying for foreign governments.

He wants to also prohibit foreign lobbyists from raising money for American elections. The proposals were outlined in his Contract With the American Voter.

Investigate Hillary Clinton

In one of the most startling moments in the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton and the many controversies surrounding her. "If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there’s never been so many lies, so much deception,” Trump said during the second presidential debate.

Trump later backed down, saying: “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways, and I am not looking to hurt them at all. The campaign was vicious.”