There’s a lot being said about the first 100 days of President Trump. Trump himself says what he has achieved is not important, except for the things he has achieved and the publicity he can get about marking the a00 day inchstone.
It’s early days for the most inexperienced president with the most inexperienced administration for a long time.
His base seems to be still happy and forgiving, but he has lost some support and he has the lowest approval levels for a president at this stage of his tenure.
Some of his supporters fret that President Donald Trump is backing himself into a corner with promises that can’t be kept. Others lament he is not pulling America from international conflicts as he vowed – or say he should “get off of Twitter.”
What reporters found this time in more than two dozen interviews is that Trump voters are largely standing with their man but with signs of restlessness, mainly over foreign policy, concerns over getting legislation through Congress and some skepticism that he won’t be able to follow through with promises – from building a wall along the Mexican border to repealing Obama’s signature healthcare law.
But rather than bash Trump, many largely blamed Democrats and Republicans alike, a fractured Congress, the federal judiciary, and what they see as a hostile news media.
Taking Trump’s lead perhaps they blame everyone else.
They showed a willingness to trust the president almost implicitly, saw him as a tireless worker, and appreciated his efforts to secure the border and curb immigration.
I don’t know where they see him as a tireless worker.
An analysis of Reuters/Ipsos polling data shows slippage in Trump’s approval ratings, with lower enthusiasm among white men without a college degree, the core of his political base.
In comparing Trump’s approval rating in the first 20 days of his tenure to a 20-day period in April, Reuters also found a rise in disapproval among independents, college-educated adults, people with below-average incomes, white women and white Millennials.
The RCP job approval average: 43.1% approve, 51.9% disapprove.
In a statement touting Trump’s record in the first 100 days, the White House highlighted, among other things, his attempts to streamline government by proposing a lean budget, and his aggressiveness in foreign affairs, particularly with regard to challenging Russia and Iran.
Trump: “No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days”.
Politifact: Seven whoppers from Trump’s first 100 days
- “Terrorism and terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe have “gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported,” Feb. 6
- “I didn’t know Steve (Bannon),” April 11
- “109 people out of hundreds of thousands of travelers” were affected by the immigration executive order, Feb. 5
- Says “the New York Times wrote about” Barack Obama wiretapping Donald Trump during the election, March 15
- “The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process.” March 20
- “The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast!”, April 18
- “The National Debt in my first month went down by $12 billion,” Feb. 25
Supporters seem to believe him regardless, or don’t care when he states ‘alternative facts’.
The Weekend Australian: Donald Trump is growing into his power role
For US President Donald Trump, arriving at the first milestone of his young presidency, old habits have died hard.
Determined to bend the institution of the presidency to fit his own improvisational style, Mr Trump’s Oval Office routine isn’t materially different from how he operated for years on the 26th floor of Trump Tower: He continues to work the phones and watch hours of television every day. He has also refused to give up tweeting for himself from his own mobile phone.
But Mr Trump’s increasing focus on his first 100 days as an important measuring stick has compelled him to accept some of the intractable realities in Washington and the world. Officials close to the President say in recent weeks he has corrected course after acknowledging a slow transition from campaign mode.
At the same time, Mr Trump has spent the days leading up to his 100th day in office racing to fulfil campaign promises, signalling he may withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, trying to coax congress into a new healthcare deal, and rolling out the broad outlines of what would be a massive tax-cut undertaking.
On Monday, press secretary Sean Spicer called Mr Trump’s first 100 days a success because he has set a course for future action. “Think about what he started — he’ll move forward on tax reform, healthcare, on immigration, on trade. It’s been a hugely successful 100 days,” Mr Spicer said.
Mr Trump does have one unquestionable, lasting accomplishment: the nomination of new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, a 49-year-old conservative likely to maintain his place on the bench for several decades.
Turnarounds are messy. Turnarounds take time. Turnarounds often break some eggs in the early stages, but a successful turnaround starts with a serious change in direction.
President Trump immediately signified that change when he nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.
That was one of the few things Trump didn’t turn around on.
President Trump signaled his willingness to significantly restructure and cut down the size of the federal government. He directed all federal agencies to identify and root out waste. He’s taken action to review overreaching federal rules – like the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. and Clean Power Plan – that are holding back our economy.
Additionally, Congress has embarked on the boldest rollback of federal regulations since Ronald Reagan by passing thirteen pieces of legislation dismantling the current regulatory regime.
In a successful turnaround, you have to be willing to adapt to any unforeseen challenges. President Trump has done so when it comes to making major policy changes to our health care system and changing our archaic tax code to provide middle-class relief and boost our competitiveness with the rest of the world.
The challenges of dumping Obamacare shouldn’t have been unforeseen, but Trump has said that that, like the presidency, was much harder than he anticipated.
Largely as a result of these efforts, we’re seeing the early signs of a potential economic turnaround. Job one is to grow the economy and create jobs, and there are clear signs that we are moving in the right direction.
Equally important, America is re-engaging with our allies and others globally.
International engagement has been very uneven.
The reality is President Trump’s early success is a direct result of his refusal to conform to Washington as we know it.
From what I’ve witnessed personally, President Trump is a thoughtful leader. He brings diverse stakeholders to the table and drives consensus. He outlines a clear mission and moves at a business pace, not a bureaucratic pace.
That’s highly debatable.
Real Clear Politics: After 100 Days, These Things Will Stick
President Trump, who produced a contract for the voter last October that outlined all that he would accomplish in his first 100 days, now feels the marker isn’t what it’s cracked up to be, since governing isn’t either.
Yet it’s clear from the first three months that Trump has learned on the job, and enjoyed some achievements with a Supreme Court confirmation, decreased border crossings and hefty rollbacks of regulations. Despite the failure to pass a health care fix and court challenges to some of his executive orders, Trump has handled foreign policy better than most expected by relying upon several respected Cabinet secretaries who have earned the trust of members of both parties.
Trump will continue to change as the learning curve dictates, but here are a dozen things Americans have learned about him since Election Day, or that have been reaffirmed since then, that will never change:
- The sell is supreme. No matter what issue, no matter what political context or consequence, Trump the Over-Promiser will push out superlatives for any event or policy, at potential cost to the process. Everything will always be the best in history, the largest, and simplest, and it’s all coming quickly.
- Trump likes to work. The man likes to stay busy, and he doesn’t care for sleep. He doesn’t read lengthy memos or briefing papers, and he takes plenty of time out for golf and cable news, but it’s clear that, at age 70, Trump is an active man who craves the stimulation of the job.
- Trump is a brazen hypocrite, as documented by his Twitter archive.
- Trade will be Trump’s reliable weapon of choice.
- Trump can’t let go of his obsession with the media.
- The wall is fantasy. It’s hard to find anyone beyond the president who will say out loud that yes, we need to build a wall.
- Trump rather likes the swamp after all.
- Trump backs down easily.
- Family wins.
- Trump loves Goldman Sachs.
- Donald Trump isn’t too concerned about our democracy.
- Steve Bannon is NOT Trump’s brain. Depending on the particular Republican or conservative arriving at this realization, it is either good news or bad.