How do you feel about President Trump’s first 100 days in office? Just like the president himself, there is a vast difference of opinion on this question. The answer to this questions epitomizes the “red-blue divide.”
What does President Trump think? “I think we’ve had one of the most successful 13 weeks in the history of the presidency,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One. Trump cited the skyrocketing numbers on job creation, negotiations on presidential aircraft prices and the planned military build-up. But these first weeks in office have not been smooth and stable, if fact, they have been chaotic and filled with hints of scandal.
The Trump administration has been haunted by federal investigation concerning his associate’s alleged cooperation with Russia, and it’s meddling in the 2016 election. This controversy led to the dismissal of Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn from his post as National Security Advisor. Flynn left when it was revealed that he misled Vice President Pence and other senior White House officials about his conversations with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S.
Trump’s executive order to temporarily block those traveling from several Muslim-majority countries has been blocked in the court system twice. And the much-anticipated GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare had to be pulled from the Senate floor because there were not enough votes. Which was completely due to the inability of the Republicans to unite. And finally, the president’s chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, was removed from his role on the National Security Council Principals Committee this past Wednesday.
Maybe the biggest problem with President’s Trump’s claim that he has had “one of the most successful 13 weeks in the history of the presidency,” is that he has only been in office for 11 weeks!
There’s no doubt that the president has been busy. And he has indeed taken decisive action and fulfilled many of his pre-election promises. Even though his approval rating was the lowest ever recorded for a president at this stage in their term, his widely approved move against Syria is sure to raise that number.
What are your thoughts about his 13, no 11, weeks in office?