President Donald Trump on Friday called the 100-day standard by which new occupants of the White House are judged “ridiculous” while at the same time insisting that his administration has accomplished “a lot” in its opening days.
“No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, and it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning.
The initial 100 days of a new administration are generally comprehended to be among the busiest, when a freshly-sworn-in president can start making good on promises he made during the preceding campaign. Presidents are often judged by how productive their initial 100 days in office are, and Trump’s has thus far been somewhat of a mixed bag.
While Trump has already made good on some major campaign promises, including nominating and securing confirmation for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and pulling the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, his presidency has mostly been marked by some high-profile failures.
Most notably, legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare backed by the White House and GOP leadership on Capitol Hill failed to make its way through the Republican controlled House of Representatives, unable to find a balance between conservative members who thought it didn’t go far enough and more moderate ones unable to stomach the bill’s cuts.
Eager to make good on the president’s promise to quickly repeal and replace Obamacare before his 100th day in office, which is April 29, the White House this week started pressuring Congress to bring up repeal-and-replace legislation again and pass it by the end of next week even though it is unclear if such a bill would have more success that the last.
Trump’s travel ban, the policy version of a proposal that started during the GOP primary as a promise to ban all Muslims from entering the US, has likewise stumbled out of the starting blocks. The rollout of the initial executive order prompted mass confusion and massive protests at US airports as crowds flooded international arrival terminals and Green Card holders were barred from entering the country. That iteration of the ban was stayed by a federal judge, as was a second version signed by the president that was intended to circumvent the first judge’s stay order.
The president has received mostly positive marks for his decision to launch a missile strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad for its utilization of chemical weapons in a rebel-controlled region of Syria. That move drew a sharp contrast between Trump and his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, who threatened action against Assad should he utilize chemical weapons but then did not follow through when the Syrian dictator did just that.