Here’s the 100 Days Run Down
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump made scores of promises about what he would accomplish within the first 100 days of his administration. In August 2016, he specifically promised that “the first piece of paper [he would] sign” would serve to rid the country of “international gangs of thugs and drug cartels.” That did not happen. Here are a few things he promised to do that he made good on within his first 100 days, and a few things that he was not successful – or willing – to do.
Byron York, chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner, notes a few of President Trump’s accomplishments thus far:
Selecting a Supreme Court Justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia. Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed by the Senate and now serves on the Supreme Court.
Withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. On January 23rd, President Trump signed an executive order canceling the agreement.
“Lifting the Obama-Clinton roadblocks” on the Keystone Pipeline and other infrastructure projects. The Trump administration approved the necessary permit for those projects to move forward.
Requiring that “for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.” He signed the executive order to do so.
President Trump promised to repeal Obamacare quickly. The initial push to repeal the plan failed, with some calling it his “biggest stumble during first 100 days.” Passage of the House bill on May 4 has breathed new life into repeal efforts, and it will now go before the Senate.
“Build that wall” became a battle cry at Trump campaign rallies. Trump signed executive orders to empower border enforcement, but actual plans for construction have yet to come to fruition. The issue has confused many as to whether it will happen at all.
In September, Trump promised to have the best and quickest plan to defeat ISIS and would draft a plan to eradicate the terror group within 30 days of his presidency. The administration dropped the “Mother of All Bombs” on Afghanistan in April, but plans for destroying ISIS to-date seem very similar to those of previous administrations. While Breitbart News reported the President as being successful in keeping this promise, a senior White House official in late April noted that “the plan is in its final stages of planning.”
In October, he said he would “direct the Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator.” While he has not done so, he explained to CBS why: “As soon as I got elected, they stopped.”
Mr. Trump once stated that NAFTA was the “worst trade deal the U.S. has ever signed.” In early January, he was to sign an executive order to eliminate it. But on April 27, it was reported that he decided to “renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement rather than terminate the sweeping trade deal.
Then, even after describing it as “very, very bad” for the United States, he told leaders of Canada and Mexico that “he would not immediately move to terminate it.” The President now says he will kill NAFTA if he’s not able to renegotiate a better deal.