Donald Trump the candidate made dozens, even hundreds of promises. Nothing new in that, all people seeking office make promises. Congressmen promise to "do things differently" with great frequency and big, sweeping statements about either cleaning things up or "running things like a business" or a host of other silly promises. They aren't honest brokers, they certainly don't bother to say to anyone that they'll be simply one of 435 voices in one part of the legislature. Honestly, most don't even mean it. I've met my share of Congressional Reps flying back and forth between my home and Washington DC so regularly. Virtually all I've met promised to do things differently, virtually all became comfortable in their offices and in the Washington process immediately. They clearly were paying lip-service to change.
What made Trump different, among many things, was that he was making promises which were so outrageous, so bombastic, it strained belief to take him seriously, yet, many people did. It strained honesty to its breaking point to think even he thought the promises he made, the proposals he offered would get anywhere near passing, let alone work.
Yet, Trump made them, and made them, and made some more. His followers often didn't seem to care if the promises were real. Well, maybe except for one or two. Each constituency had certain pet promises and each expected him to follow-through. The chief among those was the promise to "bring manufacturing jobs back." Trump made all these promises and those of us who had a small understanding of policy knew, knew beyond any doubt that they could not happen. I'll lay out why following the promise, that each has failed and continues to fail.
Repeal the Affordable Care Act (Epic Failure): Repeal and Replace, Republicans had 7 years to formulate a plan, they never did (despite claiming to have done so), because throwing 15 million or more people out of the market and failing to ensure pre-existing conditions don't return to causing bankruptcy. You have to expand the risk pool to cover folks and Republicans refuse to do that.
Build a Border Wall and Make Mexico Pay (Failure): Trump promised Mexico would pay, he didn't mean in 10 years when he said it and his followers didn't think that's what he meant either. He has asked for some initial surveying, but the local land owners who would have to forfeit their land have balked. The cost to build the wall is FAR beyond what the national treasury can afford (and far beyond $30B, it might be more like $100B or even $500B). His own party doesn't want to pay that much and with net negative immigration from Mexico, the facts don't support the need. Most importantly, though, no one ever said a wall could not be built, but rather that it could not work and would be immensely costly. Both those things are proving true. Our primary source of illegal immigration is from Europe, not Latin America and the cost is absurdly large (including the manning of such a wall which would cost ever more Billions). It's a non-starter to many Republicans.
Naming China a Currency Manipulator: Trump didn't do this, period. If Trump intended to use China to influence North Korea (and he said he was going to do so), and that made naming China a currency manipulator untenable, then this promise was a lie, let alone a failure.
Defeat ISIS VERY Quickly With His Secret Plan: Trump said he'd defeat ISIS very quickly but couldn't reveal his "plan" because he wouldn't tip his hand. Upon taking office Trump announced.. ta dah! He had no plan and asked the Pentagon for one. Now, the Pentagon already had one, the one it developed for President Obama which has reduced the area held by ISIS in Iraq by 60% and in Syria by 40%. Trump's apparent "other plan" was to let the Russians help the Syrians quash the rebels in Syria, including and especially the pro-democracy rebellion centered in Alleppo. The clear hope was that Russia will then help the Syrians take-out ISIS, but that isn't happening yet, and it sure as hell isn't quick. Instead, the Shia government (backed by Iran) in Iraq is taking back Mosul in a bloody fight, supported by US aircraft, something happening prior to Trump's arrival.
NATO Allies Would Pay Up or He'd Leave NATO:
While a handful have said they'd pay a bit more, his statement that our NATO partners only pay 2% of the total bill for NATO forces was of course, wrong and absurd and so our allies told Trump to get real. Then came the problems in Syria, and cries from Ivanka, and suddenly NATO is 'no longer obsolete." As if it ever was.. but he needed his security blanket/mental salve so he says it WAS obsolete but something, somehow changed? No, nothing changed other than this charlatan became aware of NATO's purpose and European leaders schooled him on just how stupid his stance and words were.
So, we have 100 days of really nothing. His Tax Reform, delayed. His promised investigation to "voter (non)fraud", unaddressed by day 100 though he said he'd do so immediately. The only thing he's done is issue some mostly pointless or rebuked executive orders. What a winner. I'm getting tired of all this winning.