Heritage Foundation: 64% of Trump’s agenda already done, faster than Reagan

With unprecedented speed, the Trump administration has already implemented nearly two-thirds of the 334 agenda items called for by the Heritage Foundation, a pace faster than former President Reagan who embraced the conservative think tank’s legendary “Mandate for Leadership” blueprint. Thomas Binion, director of congressional and executive branch relations at Heritage, said that Trump has implemented 64 percent of the “unique policy recommendations” from the group. At this stage of his presidency, Reagan had completed 49 percent of the Heritage policy recommendations. “We’re blown away,” Binion said in an interview. Trump, he said, “is very active, very conservative, and very effective.” What’s more, he said, Trump hasn’t just focused on one agenda area, but he and his team have pushed through administrative moves on foreign policy, deregulation, immigration, tax reform and health care, moves often ignored by the media. “It is a huge volume that his administration has worked on and it is a huge spectrum of issues,” said Binion. His report card jibes with one from the West Wing which showed at the end of the year that the administration has scored 81 major achievements; slashed at least 11 major legacy items of former President Barack Obama. Together, the policy wins are adding up to a reelection agenda. “It is absolutely a winning agenda,” said Binion. Trump very early in his presidency signed reelection papers and on Tuesday he began to set up his reelection team, naming is digital advisor Brad Parscale as his campaign manager. Heritage has been a partner with Trump and his administration since the transition from the Obama administration. Their “Mandate for Leadership” was first produced for Reagan in 1981. Reagan handed out a copy of the single book to every cabinet member. For Trump, Heritage produced five books and the president has embraced them. “He has been very, very active,” said Binion. “He is moving the ball in the conservative direction,” he added. Click here to see Heritage’s review of Trump’s moves so far.

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