Donald TrumpU.S. President
Donald Trump is President of the United States, a former real estate CEO, and a reality television star.
Unions and Workers
Celebrated the Janus vs. AFSCME Supreme Court decision, a devastating and calculated attack on working people and unions.
Issued a rule change attacking roughly 800,000 home care workers’ ability to use common paycheck deductions for health insurance contributions, union dues, and other expenses.
Relaxed responsibility for companies like McDonald’s over their franchises. Under the new rule, fast food and other franchise workers face new obstacles to forming unions and raising wages.
Appointed a Labor Board that systematically rolled back workers’ rights to form unions and engage in collective bargaining with their employers.
Proposed a new, higher overtime pay threshold that would cover 3 million fewer workers than an Obama-era overtime proposal.
Classified more workers as “independent contractors” so that their employers won’t have to pay them minimum wage.
Said during his 2016 campaign that he supported a $10 federal minimum wage, but has not sought any increase in the minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour.
Is asking the Supreme Court to rule that companies can fire workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Classified Uber drivers as “contractors”, creating new barriers to organizing for millions of workers in the growing gig economy.
He has vowed to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid as we know it and has taken steps to weaken the law, drive up the cost of coverage, undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and make it harder for people to access care.
He has made reducing immigration a centerpiece of his presidency, calling immigrants criminals, separating immigrant children from their parents in hopes of deterring future immigration, and promising to build a wall at the Mexican border. He has attempted to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects DREAMers and to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for almost all of those who had those protections when he took office; those efforts have thus far been thwarted by the courts. He has also ramped up arrests, detentions, and deportations of people with no criminal record and has drastically reduced refugee admissions.
Has repeatedly called climate change “a hoax” and has pulled out of the Paris climate agreement, an international commitment to halt climate change.
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As states across the country prepare to conduct elections by mail to ensure people can vote safely during the pandemic, Trump falsely claimed that voting by mail will result in thousands of fraudulent ballots and forgeries.
Trump Argues He Is Not Responsible for His Administration’s Much-Criticized Response to the Pandemic
Trump continues to make the case that his administration has done an excellent job in its response to the coronavirus, despite the fact that the U.S. has the most deaths of any country in the world and has lagged behind many other countries in per-capita testing.
Despite the growing pandemic, Trump promised to continue his efforts “to terminate health care under Obamacare”, including the provision guaranteeing coverage for preexisting medical conditions.
Trump announced he would not extend federal social-distancing guidelines, instead focusing on how states can safely re-open.
Trump lent his support to people who are protesting governors’ stay-at-home orders despite the fact that the social-distancing restrictions follow the guidelines of his own administration.
Trump is pushing to re-open the economy even though most states do not have the capacity to conduct enough tests to assess the penetration of the virus. Public health experts say widespread testing is crucial to make it safer for Americans to return to work.
Despite soaring unemployment and millions of Americans losing their health insurance, the Trump administration has rejected a plan to reopen Obamacare enrollment.
Trump Says He Does Not Believe New York Hospitals Need Many More Ventilators to Care for COVID-19 Patients
In a call with Fox News, Trump said that he didn’t think New York hospitals really needed as many ventilators as Gov. Cuomo has requested to care for COVID-19 patients -- despite the fact that the pandemic is already overwhelming New York hospitals and sickening healthcare providers who don’t have necessary personal protective equipment. Medical experts predict it will get significantly worse.
Trump told governors that they should get respirators, ventilators and other equipment themselves if possible instead of relying on the federal government.
Disputing World Health Organization estimates of the death rate from the coronavirus, President Trump said he had a “hunch” that the actual number was significantly lower.
Trump unveiled his budget plan that includes steep cuts to healthcare, food assistance and housing for low-income families.
Kaiser Health News’ team of reporters evaluated Trump’s claims regarding healthcare policy in his State of the Union speech earlier this week, providing facts and context about the Administration’s record.