It is now 2018 and Donald Trump has been president for nearly one full year. Prior to taking office, Trump confidently predicted what the world would look by now. Let’s check in and see how his predictions turned out.
1. “Everybody” was supposed to have health insurance
“We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us,” Trump told the Washington Post on January 15, 2017. He added that, under his new law which would pass quickly, everyone “can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.”
Since Trump was elected, 3.5 million fewer people have health insurance.
Things are likely to get worse. The most significant health related legislation passed by Trump was the repeal of the individual mandate, which will cause another 13 million people to become uninsured.
2. America was supposed to be “respected again”
Throughout the campaign, Trump predicted that after he became president America would be “respected again.”
Since Trump was elected, global confidence in the United States has dropped 47 points, with large declines in virtually every country except Russia, according to a Pew study of attitudes across 37 countries. This tracks an even steeper decline in confidence in the president.
3. The deficit was supposed to “go away rapidly”
“We’re not going to have a $400 billion deficit. That will go away rapidly and we’ll get along,” Trump said in New Hampshire in September 2015.
In the 2017 fiscal year, the deficit was $666 billion, an $80 billion increase from 2016.
Trump just signed a tax bill that is projected to increase the deficit by another $1 trillion over the next 10 years.
4. Trump was supposed to have quit Twitter
Trump promised that, as president, he would not tweet. “Don’t worry, I’ll give it up after I’m president. We won’t tweet anymore… not presidential,” Trump said in April 2016.
Trump has tweeted more than 2500 times as president.