Trump has broken more promises than he's kept

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Our Trump Promise Tracker follows the progress of 60 key promises made by the president during the 2016 campaign. Here's an update as he enters his fourth year as president.
We got it from the president.

With Trump nearing the end of his third year as president, it's time for an update — and a reality check. Contrary to what he tells his fans, Trump has broken more key promises than he has kept. With our latest update, Trump has broken about 43 percent of 60 key promises — and kept about 35 percent. He settled for a compromise on 12 percent.

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During the 2016 campaign, Trump made more than 280 promises, though many were contradictory or just uttered in a single campaign event. So that posed a conundrum: What would be a good list of promises to track that Trump was really serious about? We did not think it would be fair to rate a promise that might have been tossed out without much serious discussion by the candidate and his staff.

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But Trump did issue a specific plan — what he called the "Contract with the American Voter." He even signed it with his distinctive signature and invited supporters to sign their own copies. That plan listed 60 promises, some of which he said he would fulfill on the day he took the oath of office. Others, he said, would be implemented or launched in his first 100 days.

Of course, no one really expected him to meet those timelines. But this list seemed so specific — and official — that we decided it represented the ideal platform to measure Trump's promises, even though it was perhaps a bit light on foreign policy.

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Since The Fact Checker was relaunched in 2011, we had missed the start of President Barack Obama's term, and so it was too late to track his 2008 promises. By reference, PolitiFact's "Obameter" tracked 533 campaign promises and found that he kept 48 percent, broke 24 percent and compromised on 27 percent.

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Here's a quick assessment of some of Trump's most significant promises. The full list can be seen on the Trump Promise Tracker landing page.

Kept

Announce the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trump did this on his third day in office.

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