ORLANDO, FL – On June 18th, 2019, President Donald Trump officially announced his 2020 reelection campaign rally in Orlando, Florida. The stadium had thousands of supporters in attendance and many more outside of the event. To date, President Trump’s campaign has a massive war chest totaling nearly $100M dollars cash-on-hand.
At the President’s reelection kick-off event, President Trump set forth his administration’s plan for a second term and discussed the Mueller report. However, in the report, which was crucial for Democrats, Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no collusion with Russia.
“The only conclusion was committed by the Democrats, the fake news media and their operatives, and the people who funded the phony dossier, Hillary Clinton, and the DNC,” said President Trump. “The Democrats don’t care about Russia. They only care about their political power.”
President Trump’s First Term Promises
President Trump touted his success in nominating and confirming vacant seats in the judicial system. In 2016, there was one vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court which was filled by now-Justice Neal Gorsuch. A year later, President Trump filled another vacancy on the Supreme Court with Brett Kavanaugh after Anthony Kennedy retired from the bench. To understand how much President Trump has changed the landscape of the judicial system, he said: “I will soon have appointed my 145th judge.”
The President continued to tout his accomplishments, which range from the elimination of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, cutting back regulation, the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, and the passage of criminal justice.
However, While President Trump has a reputation for being one of the few elected officials who have kept their campaign promises, one major issue the President could not deliver was the full repeal of President Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act. Fmr. U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, who recently passed away, was the deciding vote that stopped the U.S. Senate from sending a bill to President Trump’s desk that would repeal Obamacare.
President Trump’s Second Term: Legislative and Executive Goals
The President stated that his administration has not accomplished all of their goals yet. President Trump outlined his vision for America after 2020 which ranged from healthcare reform to border security, including new policies aimed to assist veterans.
Earlier this year, President Trump promised to unveil a new healthcare plan at a later date. Whether or not this will repeal the Affordable Care Act or modify it is yet to be known. It has been revealed that the new proposal will not remove the pre-existing conditions provision in the Affordable Care Act. The problem is how the House of Representatives will respond to this proposal or if Speaker Pelosi would schedule a vote.
The President promised new immigration reform and also hinted at potential legislation aimed to curve sanctuary cities. States and local government adopted these laws, in which municipalities forbid local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials regarding legal status.
Education reform was also made a priority in which the President endorsed school choice, giving parents and students more freedom to choose where to get their education regardless of zip code. There was no talk of higher-education reform regarding the ballooning student loan debts and rising default rates.
President Trump ended his campaign rally by taking aim at the rising adoption of socialism within the Democrat party stating, “America will never be a socialist country.” He continued and said that a vote for any Democrat in 2020 is a vote for “radical socialism.”
Finally, the President closed the rally with his signature campaign slogan, “We will make America great again!”
Opinion: Can President Trump Accomplish His Goals?
From here, the President fights an uphill battle now that the Democrats control the U.S. House of Representatives. With Congress being the purse of the federal government, funding for the President’s projects are not likely with Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. President Trump could not secure funding for his proposed border wall through congressional approval, leading the President to declare a national emergency.
If the President cannot gain a majority of seats in the House, it is unlikely that Democrats will give the President any funding. As of now, Republicans control the U.S. Senate and can continue to confirm judicial nominees to the federal bench. Whether Republicans can retain control of the U.S. Senate depends on whether or not Republican Senators are seen favorably in their State.
Therefore, if the President wins a second term but cannot take back the U.S. House or loses the U.S. Senate in 2020, his agenda is essentially at a standstill.