by Lara Trump
With 2018 now in the history books, it’s worth reflecting on the incredible progress America has made in the past year as a result of the many promises President Donald Trump has fulfilled.
The economy, for instance, is booming again for the first time in almost a generation, just as Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail in 2016.
The 4.2 percent growth rate in the second quarter of 2018 caught even experienced economists off guard, dwarfing predictions that assumed sluggish growth had become the “new normal” for America. The economy just kept humming after that, allowing economic growth to exceed 3 percent for the first full year since George W. Bush was in office.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate is down to its lowest level since 1969, and thanks to the favorable labor market, wages are rising at the fastest pace in nearly a decade.
The miraculous economic turnaround that was born during President Trump’s first year in office reached maturity in 2018, fueled by pro-growth policies like the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, new trade deals that give American workers a level playing field, and the elimination of costly and ineffective regulations.
While the booming economy was clearly the highlight of the year, 2018 was also a banner year for judicial appointments — an important issue that will have lasting ramifications on our country for decades.
In addition to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate confirmed 35 other judicial appointments last year, bring the President’s total number of confirmed judges to 88 since he first took office.
President Trump also made a total of 29 appointments to the appellate courts during his first two years in office, including 14 in 2018 — more than any of his predecessors had appointed at the same point in their presidencies.
Because the average age of President Trump’s judicial appointees is just 49 years old, the President’s judicial transformation will last for generations to come.
In addition to putting our economy in overdrive and redefining our judicial system, President Trump has also brought a new approach to foreign policy that is fulfilling long-standing American objectives.
His historic summit with North Korea brought us back from the brink of a possible nuclear war, and China is reeling from the President’s targeted counter-tariffs.
President Trump made monumental achievements in nearly every aspect of American life in 2018 by following through on his campaign promises. Our economy is back, the Constitution is respected again, and our communities are safe. We should all be thankful for the blessings of the past year, and look forward to another one just like it in 2019.
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Lara Trump is a Senior Advisor to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and President Trump’s daughter-in-law.