- Trump is actually approaching the first symbolic milestone of his presidency
- His 100-day mark falls on Saturday
Trump is actually approaching the first symbolic milestone of his presidency on Saturday using a familiar mix of bluster as well as smokescreens, meant to disguise the reality which he has produced one of the least-prolific first 100 day debuts of any president in modern history.
“No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & which has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” Trump wrote on Twitter Friday, despite playing up the significance of the first 100 days marker from the past.
The tweet was classic Trump — getting ahead of bad news by using his press critics as a foil while fogging the line between truth as well as falsehood to evade serious political harm.
Top Trump aides, meanwhile, reject any idea which the President is actually struggling.
“He is actually fulfilling his promises as well as doing which at breakneck speed,” White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, citing Trump’s moves to improve military spending as well as to exit the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact.
however Trump’s critics argue which not only has the President failed to muster a record of significant political achievement in his first 100 days, he has tarnished his office.
They say which with his claims which former President Barack Obama tapped his phones as well as which millions of illegal voters threw the well-known vote to Hillary Clinton, he has devalued the currency of truth on which successful presidencies depend. They accuse him of insulting US allies as well as presiding over a White House characterized by feuds, leaks as well as indiscipline.
“which’s not me … 65% of the American public, maybe 60%, are saying he is actually doing a bad job, he has got to figure out something for his second 100 days because which hasn’t been very not bad so far,” said sy88pgw presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, on “sy88pgw Tonight” Friday.
as well as Trump is actually such a unique public figure which judging him by established political conventions has never been a reliable gauge of his future prospects.
So a more important question might be whether which actually matters which Trump had a rocky first 100 days. Does history suggest which a rough start leads to a poor presidency? Or can presidents learn as well as adjust as well as still build a successful administration?
Trump will start his second 100 days through a low point, though his base support has thus far stuck with him.
Unlike many fresh presidents, he lacks a large legislative triumph: His predecessor Barack Obama passed a huge stimulus plan as well as equal pay legislation in his first 100 days. The House backed George W. Bush’s tax cut plan, which he eventually signed into law in June. Bill Clinton passed the Family as well as Medical Leave Act. Roosevelt used a banking crisis to pass the most consequential flurry of bills in decades. Lyndon Johnson picked a mourning nation off its knees after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Trump, by comparison, struggled to implement parts of his own agenda at a moment when a fresh president is actually seen as being at the apex of his political power.
Mexico is actually not paying for the wall. His travel ban has twice been blocked by the courts. He has failed to mobilize a Republican monopoly on power in Washington as well as his big legislative goal — repealing Obamacare — crashed.
An FBI investigation over alleged links between Trump campaign operatives as well as Russia is actually casting a shadow over the White House. He lost his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, over Russia questions less than a month into his term.
Unlike Ronald Reagan, for instance, who used his first 100 days to turn around the nation’s mood as well as lay the foundation for a successful presidency, Trump has exacerbated questions about his inexperience as well as temperament.
as well as even Bush, who like Trump came into office hampered by deep political divisions after a polarizing general election, used his time to heal political wounds — his approval rating 100 days in was 62%, according to Gallup.
Trump’s rating averages from the low 40% range — easily the lowest ever mark for a president which early in his administration from the modern era — as well as one which poses real questions for Trump’s capacity to enact his future agenda.