Government

"Drain the Swamp" of Corruption

As part of the Clean up Corruption in Washington Act:

"[Enact] new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics."

A dictionary definition of "corruption" includes: "lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain" and "inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by committing a felony)."

Outside of certain anti-lobbying measures that Trump has proposed (treated elsewhere on this site), Trump's intended definition of corruption can be inferred from the debates and campaign quotes, as shown below:

Responding to Hillary Clinton's third debate assertion that she will stand up to special interests: "She's raising the money from the people she wants to control. Doesn't work that way."

Discussing tax dodging in the second debate: "[Y]ou have provisions in the tax code, that frankly, we could change. But you wouldn't change it because all of these people gave you the money so you can take negative ads on Donald Trump."

"Our campaign is about breaking-up the special interest monopoly in Washington, D.C. We’re trying to disrupt the collusion between the wealthy donors, the large corporations, and the media executives." - September 28, 2016: “Follow the Money” remarks delivered in Waukesha, Wisconsin

"Our government will be honest, ethical and responsive." - August 27, 2016: Donald Trump speaks in Des Moines, Iowa

"In my Administration, I am going to enforce all laws concerning the protection of classified information. No one will be above the law." - August 18, 2016: Donand J. Trump Remarks in Charlotte, North Carolina

"We will never be able to fix a rigged system by counting on the same people who rigged it in the first place... The insiders wrote the rules of the game to keep themselves in power and in the money." - Trump speech on June 22, 2016

So, for purposes of this promise, we can define corruption as: 

  1. Use of paid lobbyists for government business;
  2. Accepting money from lobbyists or others for the purpose of affecting policy or government operations;
  3. Using the government for personal enrichment or using their connections to avoid prosecution under the law;
  4. Retaining or tapping long-time government insiders who will do business as usual.

Trump's promise sets a high bar for himself and his administration.

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Agency Review to Decrease Size of Goverment

"Decrease the size of our already bloated government after a thorough agency review."

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Ban on Foreign Lobbyists Raising Money for American Elections

"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
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SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Cancel Executive Orders Issued by Obama

"[O]n the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:
FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Cease Tweeting While President

"You know, I tweeted today, @realDonaldTrump. I tweet. Don’t worry, I’ll give it up after I’m president. We won’t tweet anymore. I don’t know. Not presidential." 
- Trump speech in Warwick, RI, April 2016

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Collect Unpaid Taxes

"Pay for this necessary rebuilding of our national defense by conducting a full audit of the Pentagon, eliminating incorrect payments, reducing duplicative bureaucracy, collecting unpaid taxes, and ending unwanted and unauthorized federal programs."
- Position Statement

"Government-wide, improper government payments are estimated to exceed $135 billion per year, and the amount of unpaid taxes is estimated to be as high as $385 billion."
- Donald Trump speech, Philadelphia, PA, September 2016

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Dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation

"The Foundation has done enormous good works over the years in contributing millions of dollars to countless worthy groups, including supporting veterans, law enforcement officers and children... However, to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President I have decided to continue to pursue my strong interest in philanthropy in other ways." 
- Trump statement, December 2016

 

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Eliminate the Waters of The U.S. Rule

"Eliminate our most intrusive regulations, like the Waters of The U.S. Rule."

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Eliminate Two Existing Regulations for Every New Federal Regulation

"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
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THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Enact the First Amendment Defense Act

"If I am elected president and Congress passes the First Amendment Defense Act, I will sign it to protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Catholics and the beliefs of Americans of all faiths. The Little Sisters of the Poor, or any religious order for that matter, will always have their religious liberty protected on my watch and will not have to face bullying from the government because of their religious beliefs."

The First Amendment Defense Act prohibits the federal government from taking discriminatory action against a person on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that: (1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.

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Hiring Freeze on all Federal Employees

"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
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SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Implement "Penny Plan" to Reduce Government Spending

"Well, we’re cutting back, I mean whether it’s a penny plan—which is something that, as simple as it is, I’ve always sort of liked.... We’re going to be doing smart budget cuts, budget cuts that will make it just as good or better than it is right now, but for a lot less money."
- Donald Trump on Fox Business, August 2016

Variations of the “penny plan,” or the “one-cent solution” as it’s called by activist Bruce Cook, cut one cent per dollar in the federal budget over a period of six or seven years and impose a spending cap until the budget is balanced. Different programs can see greater than 1 percent cuts—or no cuts—as long as overall spending is reduced by 1 percent each year.

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Impose Term Limits on All Members of Congress

"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
* FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Initiate an Investigation Into Voter Fraud

On January 25th, 2017, Trump tweeted the following:

His calls for an investigation are based in the assertion that there was widespread voter fraud during the 2016 election, but he provided no evidence to support that assertion.

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Introduce Clean up Corruption in Washington Act

"I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:
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10. Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Investigate Hillary Clinton

"But if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation. Because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it. And we’re gonna have a special prosecutor."

- Donald Trump, Second Presidential Debate, 9 Oct 2016

Also from the second debate:

Clinton: "...it's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country."

Trump: "Because you would be in jail."

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Issue a Temporary Moratorium on New Agency Regulations

"Issue a temporary moratorium on new agency regulations that are not compelled by Congress or public safety in order to give our American companies the certainty they need to reinvest in our community, get cash off of the sidelines, start hiring again, and expanding businesses. We will no longer regulate our companies and our jobs out of existence."

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Lifetime Ban on White House Officials Lobbying on Behalf of a Foreign Government

"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
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FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Move U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Interview with David Brody, January 18th 2016:

David Brody: "Israel, I know you’ve been talking to the Republican Jewish Coalition about this, it’s a tier-A issue for Evangelicals as it relates to support for Israel. What about this whole embassy question? This idea that the embassy is in Tel Aviv… Cruz and Rubio…"

Donald Trump: "And they want it in Jerusalem. Well I am for that one hundred percent. We are for that one- hundred percent."

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Not Use the Presidency to Enrich Himself

“We're not here to help ourselves... So many people are dependent on us" 
- Donald Trump to senior White House staff, January 22nd, 2017

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Overturn Roe v. Wade

"WALLACE: Mr. Trump, you're pro-life. But I want to ask you specifically: Do you want the court, including the justices that you will name, to overturn Roe v. Wade, which includes -- in fact, states -- a woman's right to abortion?

TRUMP: Well, if that would happen, because I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges, I would think that that will go back to the individual states.
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WALLACE: But what I'm asking you, sir, is, do you want to see the court overturn -- you just said you want to see the court protect the Second Amendment. Do you want to see the court overturn Roe v. Wade?

TRUMP: Well, if we put another two or perhaps three justice on, that's really what's going to be -- that will happen. And that'll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court. I will say this: It will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination."

- Third Presidential Debate, Oct 2016

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Reform the Department of Justice

"I will appoint an attorney general who will reform the Department of Justice like it was necessary after Watergate. My attorney general will restore the integrity of the Department of Justice, which has been severely questioned."
- Trump speech in Herndon, VA, October, 2016

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Refuse the Standard Presidential Salary

"No, I’m not gonna take the salary. I’m not taking it."
- Donald Trump interview on 60 Minutes, November 2016

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Restrict White House and Congressional Officials from Becoming Lobbyists

"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
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FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Scrap the Clean Power Plan

"We will also scrap the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan which the government estimates will cost $7.2 billion a year."

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Select a Replacement for Justice Scalia

"[O]n the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:
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SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

"Appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution. The replacement for Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views and principles who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.

  • Defend the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States. Nobody is above the law.
  • Uphold our freedoms, constitutional values and principles that our country was founded on.
  • Protect our Constitutional liberties.
  • Protect and defend the bill of rights, including the freedom of religion, speech, press and right to bear arms."
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Stop "Zombie Spending"

"We can also stop funding programs that are not authorized in law. Congress spent $320 billion last year on 256 expired laws. Removing just 5 percent of that will reduce spending by almost $200 billion over 10 years."

- Donald Trump speech, Philadelphia, PA, September 2016

"Zombie spending" is spending on government programs that have had their congressional authorization lapse.

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Take No 'Big' Vacations

"There's just so much to be done, so I don't think we'll be very big on vacations, no."
- Trump interview with 60 Minutes, November 2016

“I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done... I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.” 
- Trump interview with The Hill, June 2015

After the election, advisers for Trump said he might spend most of the week at the White House, and return to Trump Tower or Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach or even his New Jersey golf course in Bedminster on the weekends.

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