With President Donald Trump nearing his first 100 days in office on Saturday, April 29, 2017, he is asking Americans to not assess his performance based on his first three months. Although he has not completed all that he stipulated he would do in his first 100 days, the president is claiming that he has accomplished more than all other U.S. presidents before him.
Promised 100-Day Plan Has Not Been Fulfilled
Trump announced his 100-day plan during an Oct. 22, 2016, campaign rally in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His plan took the form of, what he called, a contract with the American voter. In the president’s 100-day strategy, he made several promises, including the cleanup of corruption, measures to protect workers and enforce national security.
The businessman pledged that the steps for his 100-day plan would be implemented when he won the vote to become president. Trump is now requesting American citizens to not judge him as president based on his first 100 days.
Americans have yet to see any of the 10 pieces of legislation he swore to pass during his 100-day action plan. Among the promised legislative measures are tax relief for the middle class, school choice, affordable child care, restoring national security, and cleaning up corruption in politics. His plans for the repeal and replacement the former administration’s Affordable Care Act has been met with scrutiny.
Trump will have signed the most executive orders, during his first 100 days, than any administration since World War II. With an additional four more orders scheduled before Friday, the total number of executive orders issued by the president in his first 100 days will be 32. This is being viewed as a way for the president to make it appear like he achieved much more than he has in his first quarter in office.
The U.S. leader campaigned as an accomplished businessman, who would be able to apply his business know how to make America great again. Trump has now admitted that he did not fully realize the size of the presidency and government:
Every agency is, like, bigger than any company. So you know, I really just see the bigness of it all, but also the responsibility.
Trump Succeeds in Unintelligible Thought
When questioned, during an interview with the Associated Press on Friday, April 21, if his success as president should be measured regarding the 100-day plan, the U.S. leader stated, “No.” He claimed that much of the plan’s foundation has been placed, but noted, “Things came up.”
The president specifically cited that one of those factors that came up was not having the appointment of a Supreme Court judge on the plan. Trump was reminded that replacing Justice Antonin Scalia was, indeed, listed under his actions to restore security. He simply responded with, “I don’t know.” He, then, stated that his biggest accomplishment so far has been getting Justice Neil Gorsuch confirmed.
The interview, conducted by correspondent Julie Pace, showcased the president’s direction of thinking. When pushed for answers, Trump continuously swung back and forth, blaming the media and others, and often speaking unintelligibly. He admitted that in business he never needed a heart, but noted that negotiating government legislation that affects people, one does need a heart.
Pace questioned the U.S leader about how it has been to make the switch from doing business, without the need for heart, to being the president. Before going off with a jumble of sentences, woven with unintelligible words, he answered: “You have to love people. And if you love people, such a big responsibility.” His response then wandered into tax reform for a moment and then ended by blaming the press for dishonest reporting.
When Pace asked the president about having the “right team in place” for his next 100 days, his answer was that he has a good White House team. Taking the blame off himself, Trump stated: “I think that, you know, this is a very tough environment not caused necessarily by me.” He then continued in responding by bragging about winning the Electoral College and putting down Hillary Clinton.
Trump Puts Blame on Others
Polls show the president with poor approval ratings. His approval of 40 percent, in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday, April 23, is greatly lower than the last three presidents. The ABC News and the Washington Post poll released Saturday, April 22, showed Trump with a 42 percent approval rating and noted that it is the lowest polled rating for a president since 1945.
In an effort to put the blame on others, Trump tweeted his feelings about the 100-day benchmark on April 21:
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!
In view of Trump’s inarticulate thought process, and incessant efforts to fault others, it is surprising that only 2 percent of those who voted for him have voiced regrets. Other than announcements and executive orders, the president’s only firm accomplishment from his planned action statement, has been to have his choice of judge for the Supreme Court confirmed. It is no wonder that Trump is requesting to not be evaluated for his efforts as president on his first 100 days in office.
Opinion News by Carol Ruth Weber
Edited by Cathy Milne
Newsweek: DONALD TRUMP ASKS AMERICANS NOT TO USE 100 DAYS AS A BENCHMARK TO JUDGE HIM
Salon: Donald Trump’s 100 day plan: Lots of executive orders to make it seem like he’s doing something
The Washington Post: Transcript of AP interview with Trump
Donald J. Trump: Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter
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