The Making of a Legacy: First Steps in the Trump Era


WASHINGTON — President Trump has presided over an extraordinary first 100 days in office marked by the aggressive use of executive power and a freewheeling leadership style, shattering the norms of the presidency and the traditions of Washington.

While his attention-grabbing statements and actions have produced very few of the concrete policy changes he had promised as a candidate, there is little doubt that Mr. Trump has moved to set the nation on a radically different course. Here is a look at his record to date.

Jobs and the Economy

Carrier employees watched as President-elect Donald J. Trump toured a the plant in Indianapolis in December.
CreditA J Mast for The New York Times

• Released a proposal for deep tax cuts, including slashing the rate for large and small companies to 15 percent and collapsing the seven individual income tax brackets into three: 10, 25 and 35 percent.

• Approved construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and reversed the Obama administration’s blocking of the Keystone XL pipeline.

• Issued executive orders to chisel away at Obama-era financial regulations, including a rule intended to protect consumers from bad investment advice.

• Signed 13 bills to wipe out Obama-era regulations using the Congressional Review Act and ordered agency reviews of regulations across the government.

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The regulatory reversals may have been Mr. Trump’s most concrete economic steps so far. He has offered few details on the tax package, which is at least months away from being drafted into legislative form. The pipelines will take years to build. The financial regulations targeted by executive orders will remain in place during a lengthy review process.

Mr. Trump has taken credit for job announcements by companies, including a plan by Carrier to retain 1,110 jobs in Indiana, but critics say that they were in the works long before he took office, and that the economic trends that send jobs abroad remain in place. Mr. Trump has done nothing to press the $1 trillion infrastructure spending package he promised during the campaign. Still, the stock markets have reacted positively to his push to cut regulations and taxes.

Health Care

A patient who received Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
CreditMark Makela for The New York Times

• Signed an executive order to scale back as many parts of the Affordable Care Act as possible.

• Announced rule changes to cut the annual open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.

• Made a late pitch for passage of legislation to repeal and replace the health law.

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Mr. Trump has made little progress on his promise to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a system Republicans say would provide greater access to care and more…

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