President Trump complained Friday about the “ridiculous standard” of judging an administration’s ability to govern based on its first 100 days — a checkpoint he will reach a week from Saturday.
As his 100th day in office fast approaches, Trump has signed executive orders at a frenetic pace but does not have a major legislative accomplishment — despite having a Republican-controlled Congress. But Trump lashed out at the press for supposedly belittling his many successes, apparently bracing himself for the deluge of news reports assessing his record to date.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2017
His early-morning tweet alludes to perhaps the biggest accomplishment of his new administration: confirming Neil Gorsuch as the late Antonin Scalia’s replacement on the Supreme Court.
But two of Trump’s biggest policy moves have come up short. Federal courts blocked both versions of his controversial executive order suspending the U.S. refugee program and barring people from several Muslim-majority countries. And the American Health Care Act, which would have begun the process of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (commonly called Obamacare), was withdrawn from consideration before it reached a vote.
Shortly after his election victory in November, the Trump team published a video in which he elaborated on his policy plans for the first 100 days of his administration. He has, in fact, followed through on many of the promises that can be effected through executive orders. These include withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and reducing regulations for coal-mining companies.
Trump is not the first to complain that the hundredth day is an arbitrary benchmark, but it’s become common practice for gauging effectiveness since President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced the concept as…