Trump Attacks ‘Failing’ NY Times For Reporting On His Unfulfilled Promises

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President Donald Trump lashed out against a New York Times story by chief White House correspondent Peter Baker for excluding some campaign promises he’s fulfilled in office.

Baker’s story, published Saturday, focused on Trump’s failure to work with Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. He also referenced the president softening his stance on free trade and immigration.

Trump went after Baker’s story, accusing the reporter of leaving out some of the promises he has so far delivered on, including approving the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines and repealing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.

Baker’s piece also quoted William Inboden, a former George W. Bush White House aide, who said Trump’s tendency to “over promise and under deliver” on “responsibilities normally handled by the president become habitually shirked to Congress or other nations.”

The story did not mention any of the points Trump brought up in his tweets, but even in those cases the president may be over-selling.

Trump did announce the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but that won’t happen until 2019 or later.

The administration has repealed many EPA regulations, but some, including the Clean Power Plan, have only begun the process of repeal that could take months. On the other hand, Trump has already rescinded hundreds of Obama-era regulations.

However, Trump did issue executive orders to approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. The Dakota pipeline is up and running, but the northern section of the Keystone pipeline has not yet been completed.

TheNYT did, however, point to “partial steps” Trump has taken, noting he “signed an order scrapping his predecessor’s program granting legal status to as many as 800,000 younger immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, but delayed the final effect for six months to give Congress a chance to restore it on a more solid legal foundation.”

The Times reported that “while he has pulled out many diplomats and restored some restrictions on contacts with the island, he has not cut off relations again, closed the embassy or shut down travel and other interactions.”

Baker reported Trump “talked about throwing out Nafta, but has actually left it intact and has taken the route of negotiating to see if it can be retained with improved provisions.”

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