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White House touts major accomplishments for President Trump in 2017

President Donald Trump shows off the tax bill after signing it in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump started and ended the year on a high note, this week celebrating the biggest overhaul of this country’s tax system in three decades, signing the Republican tax bill into law on Friday.

In what most Republicans consider a major win for conservatives, in March, Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The White House is also touting the withdrawals from the Paris Climate Agreement and the Transpacific Partnership (TPP), and of Trump officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordering missile strikes against a Syrian airbase used in a chemical weapons attack

“When he lobbed cruise missiles into the Syrian air force base that had Russian troops and equipment there he sent a very clear message that there’s a new sheriff in town,” said Gary Nordlinger, a political analyst with George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

That new sheriff also fell short of some promises, including his promise time and time again to “build a great big wall” and make Mexico pay for it.

There’s no wall and no plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, an effort which fell short of the needed votes in Congress.

“President Trump is a politician and he probably gave us too big of expectations of what to expect in the first year,” said David Williams, President of the government watchdog group The Taxpayers Protection Alliance.

Other roadblocks include the massive exodus of White House staff close to Trump, including his Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, not to mention a departure and guilty plea by his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

As far as next year, some political analysts say it will be difficult to get any major legislation passed on Capitol Hill since it is, after all, an election year.

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