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Sunday, April 30, 2017


Wild ride: Have Trump’s first 100 days been a success or a failure?

Trump’s first 100 days been a success or a failure
Evaluating his first 100 days
It’s something of an “arbitrary deadline, yes,” said Amber Phillips in, but every new president since FDR has been judged by his first 100 days in office. For Donald Trump, who reaches that milestone this week, the comparisons are not flattering. Trump is the first president since Jimmy Carter not to sign major legislation in his first 100 days, despite Republicans enjoying full control of Congress. His approval rating hovers around a dismal 40 percent by far the lowest of any modern president at the 100-day mark. In a tweet last week, Trump dismissed the “ridiculous standard of the first 100 days,” but during the campaign he released a “Contract With the American Voter” setting out what he explicitly called “my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.” The contract listed 10 pieces of legislation Trump would try to pass in his first three months, including funding a border wall and launching a $1 trillion infrastructure program. “None of that has come to fruition.” Only one major piece of legislation Trump’s disastrous attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has even been introduced in Congress. Are we surprised to find Donald Trump in breach of contract? asked Ron Insana in He’s a businessman who has “overpromised and underdelivered” his whole life, declaring bankruptcy six times, creating a faux university that defrauded students, and repeatedly refusing to pay contractors and laborers. His presidency is beginning to look like another “failed effort,” providing “theatrics” instead of substance.

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