US POLITICS

Trump Derides First 100 Days As “Ridiculous Standard”

Even though he released a "100-day action plan" a few days before the election

US POLITICS
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Apr 21, 2017 at 2:05 PM ET

Trump has taken to Twitter yet again to set expectations for the inevitable evaluations of his first 100 days in office.

“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!” Trump tweeted on Friday morning. 

Just days before the election, Trump released a “Contract with the American Voter” committing to a “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.” The plan included tax cuts, adding more jobs, and ending illegal immigration, among other things. With just eight days left, Trump has not made substantial progress on many of the promises. 

His attempts to replace and repeal Obamacare, one of his top priorities, failed dramatically after the GOP could not get enough support for the American Health Care Act. The White House is now pressuring Congress to pass a second version of the AHCA next week ahead of the 100-day mark, although there is some skepticism that the House will be able to pass a new bill quickly. Tax cut legislation has not yet been introduced. 

Trump’s travel ban, an executive order he signed shortly after taking office which prevented people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., has faced a number of judicial challenges and is currently on hold.

The main accomplishment of the Trump administration thus far, has been the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who the Senate confirmed earlier this month. Presumably that’s what Trump is referring to in his tweet as “it has been a lot (including S.C.).” 

The president also received primarily positive reviews for taking a hardline stance on Syria, launching a missile strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad for its use of chemical weapons.

On the other hand, in the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency, the U.S. standing in the rest of the world appears to have diminished. Interest in tourism has dropped and international students are less interested in studying in the U.S. Dramatically fewer people have also tried to enter the country, while more people are fleeing to Canada.

Former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt first started the 100-day benchmark during his term in 1933, when he promised to restore the American economy and create more jobs amid the Great Depression. Since then, it’s often been used as a measure of a new president’s early success.