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Donald Trump’s Presidential Legacy, by the Numbers

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Donald Trump’s Presidential Legacy, by the Numbers

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Words matter. But numbers tell stories, too.

Presidential historians and others will plumb them as they assess President Donald Trump’s legacy.

His four-year term is reflected in a broad range of numbers representing everything from the U.S. death toll during the coronavirus pandemic to the trade deficit with China.

Here are some of the numbers that are part of Mr. Trump’s legacy:

325,000 and counting: Number of U.S. deaths attributed to COVID-19.

6: Coronavirus vaccines being developed and-or distributed under Mr. Trump’s Operation Warp Speed program.

2: Coronavirus vaccines—by Pfizer and BioNTech, and a separate one by Moderna—that U.S. regulators approved in 2020 for emergency use.

3: Justices added to the Supreme Court, establishing a solid 6-3 conservative majority.

221: Federal trial-level and appeals court judges added to the judiciary.

$3.1 trillion: 2020 budget deficit, the largest in dollar terms in U.S. history. Tax cuts enacted in 2017 contributed to the imbalance, and it ballooned further after Congress passed $2.4 trillion in economic relief earlier this year to help unemployed workers, business owners and others weather the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

3: In-person meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (in Singapore, Vietnam and the Korean demilitarized zone).

4: Men who served as acting secretary of defense, the most in any administration.

203: Days the Pentagon operated without a Senate-confirmed defense secretary, the longest stretch in the history of the office.

39 percent: Mr. Trump’s average approval rating among American adults in AP-NORC polls over the course of his presidency. Assessments of Mr. Trump’s performance were stable compared with his recent predecessors, ranging from a low of 32 percent to a high of 43 percent in AP-NORC polls.

$135 billion: Expected growth in the defense budget under Mr. Trump. President Barack Obama’s final defense budget for 2017 totaled $605 billion; Mr. Trump’s final defense budget for 2021, approved by Congress in December, totaled $740 billion.

4: International agreements Mr. Trump pulled the U.S. out of: Iran nuclear deal, Paris climate agreement, Open Skies Treaty and Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

1: New branch of U.S. military: the Space Force.

15 percent: Drop in trade deficit with China between January-September 2020 and a year earlier. This followed a 19 percent drop in 2019 to $308 billion, the lowest since 2013.

 
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