Jobs are good and growth is solid. This has been on an upward curve since 2009 and there's no perceptible change in the rate of improvement since Trump took office.
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Besides, Janet Yellen, the head of the Federal Reserve, would be more deserving of kudos than Trump if we were to lay responsibility for jobs and economic growth at the feet of any one person. In return, Trump has not kept her on and she leaves next February.
The stock market, as you say, is kind of its own beast. Some of its performance can be attributed to expectations over proposed tax changes. This story has still to play out fully though. Gains are also supported by corporate earnings; Trump has not done anything so far to say he deserves responsibility for boosting corporate earnings.
He has withdrawn from the Paris Accords. This really is down to him. I fail to see how this is a good thing.
"He has led the rout of ISIL". Well... ISIL (or ISIS as I use) held its most territory in 2014 and had lost most of its strongholds by the time Trump came into power. It lost its defacto capital Raqqa recently to a coalition of forces, the ground troops of which were mainly Kurdish. The US has contributed through a lot of airstrikes; I haven't seen evidence to suggest this contribution has increased markedly under Trump. I recall Trump complaining that the timing of troops taking Mosul was designed to make Hillary look good (?) and tweeted that the strategy was a total disaster.
"He will probably pass the greatest tax cuts and reforms since Reagan." Probably? How can Black claim something that has yet to occur as an achievement?
"Reduced illegal immigration by 80%" I'm struggling to find up-to-date, comprehensive data on this. Yardsticks certainly seemed to drop (that is, improve) in the early months of Trump's presidency. Interestingly, the figures suggest fewer people trying to cross, rather than more people being successfully blocked. I'm not going to speculate on the cause.
"Gained full Chinese adherence to unacceptability of North Korean nuclear military capability". This sounds like spin. Trump saying China fully agrees with him is one thing. What China says may be another and what China actually does in time is entirely another thing. There are some signs of a positive shift in stance from China, but how much of that was down to Tillerson, rather than Tillerson's 'moron'?