If going to give low grade I give one example why I rated him so low. First week in office he said U.S. would pull out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement because “was worst trade agreement ever designed.” Basically key reason he pulled out was because signed by Obama. I never heard him or his administration make any really strong arguments against the agreement…just general stuff. This agreement was pulled together with U.S. allies to basically limit China’s trade impact and gain some leverage on China. Alot of countries went out on a limb to sign this agreement at risk of angering China. Result? 80% of the signees said screw the U.S. and then in November 2020 signed the RCEP. The following countries joined: China, India, S. Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia…along with previous TPP signee countries of Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. A big, big win for China.
And while Trump continued his tariff battle with China and at same time badmouthing the E.U. the door was open for China to complete the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI). Oh yes, now suddenly bathmouthing the EU for signing this deal and not holding China accountable for human right abuses. What? That is the best response the Trump administration can come up with? What a joke. The GOP used to laugh and laugh at the liberals complaining about human rights issues in China. They belittled the Europeans who talked about human rights abuses. Now that is the best response the U.S. can muster regarding huge investment pact between our previously strong ally and the enemy China. I have to like one EU trade representatives response which was basically…the U.S. has stopped discussing trade issues with us and seems not interested in joining with us to face international trade issues…so we must move ahead without them. The end result of Trump’s administration is the November trade deficit was worst in 14 years and China has succeeded in basically isolating the U.S. in some trade areas (Trump’s goal was to isolate China in trade but the result is China is isolating the U.S.)
And I must include all the mess with NAFTA…now called USMCA. All that effort to badmouth Obama calling the deal again “the worst deal ever.” I have not seen any industry organization claim they are happier now with USMCA. Perhaps some are but overall seems the changes are not big enough to bring meet the claim that “millions of jobs back will return to the U.S.” Seems the result was more confusion for 3 years without much results.
As for other policies Trump hated because Obama signed them…there are some policies which Trump cancelled and then had to reinstate because companies complained. Trump just wanted to cancel as much of what Obama did without much research into the end result.