Donald Trump Republican and Obama, a Democrat, are two most heatedly debated US Presidents. In this article, we will compare the results of their policies. 



Trump's Fiscal Year 2018 military expenditures add up to $827.5 billion, which is much more compared to 2017 year $526.1 billion.
Obama initiated the withdrawal of troops from the Iraq War and did away with Osama bin Laden, who was in charge of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Obama also played a key role in the end of the war in Afghanistan. Military expenditures at about $800 billion brought about the budget deficit and national debt. 
Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize for stopping war in Iraq.

Recession Recovery

Trump took office without a recession to tackle. Still, he won the election due to his claims that the economic growth would improve, having made a promise to make the economic growth of more than 4 percent. His voters didn't acknowledge that such fast growth could spark off a recession. 
Obama dealt with the biggest recession since the Great Depression. He adopted the $787 billion Economic Stimulus Act, which provided jobs in the educational and industrial sphere and combated the recession in the third quarter of 2009. 
Obama bailed out the U.S. auto industry on March 30, 2009, saving 3 million jobs.
Obama used Bush-era Troubled Asset Relief Program for the creation of the Home Affordable Refinance Program. 

Health Care

Trump's health program is based on making the Affordable Care Act weaker. He made short-term insurance more available. He also gives permission to states to enforce work requirements on Medicaid recipients.
Trump also signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It annulled the ACA mandate that everyone must possess health insurance or pay a tax. 
The ACA legislation brought improvements to Medicare (prescription drug costs were better covered, paying hospitals for the quality of care, not for the quantity of their work). 
The ACA gives health insurance for everybody and stifles the rise of national health care costs. 



committed a withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
threatened to withdraw from NAFTA
stands for trade protectionism
waged world trade war in 2018
levied a lot of tariffs and quotas on overseas Chinese products
made a promise to label China as a currency manipulator.


achieved the negotiation of the TPP. 
signed bilateral agreements with South Korea in 2012; Colombia, 2011;  Panama, 2011; and Peru, 2009.

In 2010, Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, which provided regulation for non-bank financial companies, regulated credit, debit, and prepaid cards. 
Trump signed an executive order asking the Treasury Secretary to review Dodd-Frank. That report recommended that Dodd-Frank regulations should be waived for small banks. It implied authorizing the president to dismiss the CFPB direction for any cause. And it said that Congress, not the Federal Reserve, carries responsibility for the CFPB budget. 

Deficit and Debt

Trump failed to eliminate the deficit. The FY 2017 budget, which was put into effect by Congress, reached a $666 billion deficit. 
In FY 2009, Obama was accountable for the largest deficit in the U.S. history. Obama's FY 2010 budget deficit was $1.294 trillion. Then, as the economy got better, each year's deficit slowly stabilized.  But the deficit has rocketed under Trump's budgets. It is expected to reach $987 billion by FY 2020.
So far, the U.S. biggest debt was during Obama’s office. Obama added a total of $8.5 trillion by the end of FY 2017.
Trump made a promise to eliminate the national debt. But everything indicates that Trump is about to make the debt bigger by $8.3 trillion in just one term. 

Climate Change


gathered international efforts to sign the Paris Climate Agreement
enacted carbon reduction regulations in 2014
put the Clean Power Plan into execution in 2015


notified of the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement
made a promise to abolish the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the US rule 
made a promise to revive the coal industry whereas being adherent of clean coal technology
was the initiator of a review of Obama's Clean Power Plan due to its regulations on the coal industry.