President Donald Trump, while responding to an interview by Heritage Foundation Director of Congressional Relations Thomas Binion Wednesday morning, lauded his administration’s success at implementing more than half its goals.
The Heritage Foundation has just stated that 64% of the Trump Agenda is already done, faster than even Ronald Reagan. “We’re blown away,” said Thomas Binion of Heritage, President Trump “is very active, very conservative and very effective. Huge volume & spectrum of issues.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
The Heritage Foundation had reported on Tuesday that 64 percent of its own “unique policy recommendations,” that it had made had already been put in place by Trump, at a rate faster than that of the Reagan administration.
On Wednesday, Binion told Fox News that the Heritage Foundation had realized Trump’s administration was on a roll with the Heritage Foundation’s agenda from the beginning, when trump rolled out numerous executive orders upon taking office.
“There was one on immigration,” Binion said. “There was one on immigration. There was one on Obamacare. Right away he started with that. Right away he started with a great Supreme Court justice nominee. So, you could tell that this was a president intent on keeping his promises right away that first week after Jan. 20.”
There is still much work to be done, Binion said, including on Obamacare repeal.
“I think Congress could go back to Obamacare repeal for sure,” he said. “When they get to 50 votes in the Senate, they have got to do that. That’s a big promise. [They have] already got the individual mandate repealed in tax reform.”
Trump also supports welfare reform, said Binion, and if House Speaker Paul Ryan also supports that, “it could get done this year. That’s getting people out of poverty rather than leaving them dependent on the government, as the current system does.”
Binion admitted the Heritage Foundation had some concerns about Trump before he took office, but “you always have trepidations about any president.”
“We had the opportunity to brief this president eight times during the campaign,” said Binion, noting the foundation offered its help with any policy analysis necessary.
“There are 70 alumni in the Trump administration,” he said. “There is a lot of trust and collaboration there that we are proud of. This analysis shows exactly how conservative this president is.”