In October, then Candidate Trump issued a contract with American voters that included a “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.” But today, President Trump called the first 100-day milestone a “ridiculous standard.” He seems to be getting ahead of the story which he believes won’t give him the credit he deserves for his first 100 days.
The president tweeted on Friday morning, “No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!”
The president has made good on some major campaign promises, including nominating and securing confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and pulling the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. But his first 100 days have also been marked by some high-profile failures and reversals of previously stated goals.
The biggest perceived “failure” was repeal and replacing Obamacare. And even though Trump has called the 100-day milestone “ridiculous,” there seems to be a great eagerness on his team to get a vote on a new healthcare bill before the 100-day mark on April 29th. Trump’s other notable “failure” was his proposal to temporarily ban travelers from certain countries known for harboring terrorists. The initial “travel ban” was stopped by a federal judge and a second bill that was designed to circumvent the first was stayed by a judge as well.
In spite of these setbacks, President Trump and others on his team have declared that they have been more successful in these opening months than any administration in history. Trump stated not long ago, “No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days. That includes on the military, on the border, on trade, on regulation, on law enforcement — we love our law enforcement — and on government reform.”
In the last weeks, President Trump’s actions abroad have been mostly well received nationally and internationally. He has certainly flexed American muscles in his dealings with opposing foreign leaders and terrorist networks. But his successes with Syria, Afghanistan, China and North Korea have not been duplicated in his work at home. There is skepticism about whether or not he can pass a bill on healthcare and a funding bill that would keep the government opens beyond the next Friday at midnight deadline.
When President Trump was asked at a new conference on Thursday about whether healthcare or avoiding a government shutdown was a higher priority, he refused to choose. “I wanna get both,” Trump said. “Are you shocked to hear that?”
What do you think about the first 100 days? Is it a “ridiculous standard” or is it a significant milestone? How do you think Trump has done?