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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses March for Life Participants and Pro-Life Leaders in the Rose Garden of the White House Jan. 19, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses March for Life Participants and Pro-Life Leaders in the Rose Garden of the White House Jan. 19, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses March for Life Participants and Pro-Life Leaders in the Rose Garden of the White House Jan. 19, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

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The election of President Donald Trump in late 2016 surprised millions of Americans and rocked the world. Through tweets and a long list of accomplishments, the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency has been turbulent yet successful, especially in the economy. Here is a list of Trump’s accomplishments by month.

January 2017:

  • DOW hits 20,000 for the first time in history
  • Trump signs contract with TransCanada, approves the finishing of Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines
  • Trump pulls the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

February 2017:

  • Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court, set to fill seat previously held by Antonin Scalia

March 2017:

  • DOW hits 21,000 for the first time in history
  • Trump signs executive order reviving National Space Council, affirms goal to explore the Moon and send a manned mission to Mars

April 2017:

  • Trump orders a U.S. Tomahawk missile strike on Syrian air base reported to have chemical weapons
  • Trump orders a bombing of a terrorist tunnel in Afghanistan using MOAB
  • Neil Gorsuch confirmed as next Supreme Court Justice setting a record for the youngest justice appointed in U.S. history

May 2017

  • Trump demands NATO members ramp up funding to ‘do their part’

June 2017

  • Trump repeals Waters of the U.S. to end controversial government control of small waterways
  • Trump pulls U.S. out of Paris Climate Agreement
  • Trump reverses Cuba travel policy after reports of Cuban human rights abuses and a strange illness affecting U.S. diplomats

July 2017

  • Trump visits Europe and delivers Poland Speech well-praised for defending Western Civilization

August 2017

  • DOW hits 22,000 for first time in history

September 2017

  • Congressional Republicans fail to repeal and replace Obamacare
  • Trump rescinds Obama-era campus sexual assault guidance
  • Trump ends DACA but allows Congress to pass legislation to amend it
  • Trump addresses United Nations over North Korea nuclear threat

October 2017

  • DOW hits 23,000 for first time in history
  • Trump ends Obama-era Clean Power Plan
  • Trump decertifies Iran Nuclear Deal citing Iran’s noncompliance

November 2017

  • DOW hits 24,000 for first time in history
  • Syria fully liberated from ISIS control
  • Unemployment hits lowest level since 2000 at 4.1%

December 2017

  • Congressional Republicans and Trump pass largest tax reform in 30 years, $1.5 trillion cut over a decade, lowered corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, repeals Obamacare mandate
  • Iraq fully liberated from ISIS control
  • Trump hits record for appointing more federal appeal court judges than any other president during first year in U.S. history
  • Trump Administration touts repeal of net neutrality
  • Trump fulfills campaign promise to move American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in Israel
  • Congressional Republicans and Trump open National Arctic Wildlife Refuge to offshore drilling
  • Trump Travel Ban is upheld by the Supreme Court after several versions were released and subsequently blocked by federal judges
  • Trump cuts U.S. funding to the United Nations in light of General Assembly vote condemning embassy move

January 2018

  • Several corporations invest in U.S., raise wages after sweeping tax reform
  • DOW hits 26,000 for first time in history after hitting 25,000 seven days earlier
  • Illegal immigration hits 45-year low
  • Trump lifts restriction on offshore drilling and fracking
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Joseph Rodgers, news editor
Joseph Rodgers is a student at Texas High whose experiences in the infamous junior year should be featured on the survival show “Man vs Wild.” He checks his grades and his news alerts every half hour due to his always-stay-on-top attitude. His enthusiasm about being the co-news editor has forced him to make a blood covenant...
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