Trump touts executive orders he once lambasted

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"Not very meaningful", he scoffed.

"As we reach the 100th day of this presidency, it's clear that the Trump administration's conflicts and lies are destroying Americans' faith in our democratic institutions, and that House Republicans are overwhelmingly choosing to protect Trump instead of the truth", said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), one of the lawmakers involved. If Trump never makes a statement of commitment, Trump supporters never have to confront what they really voted for. Even though it's an artificial barrier.

The political and demographic divisions that drove the 2016 presidential campaign have hardened into chasms in perceptions of Trump: Among Republicans, 85% approve, while just 8% of Democrats agree.

Trump claimed on April 11 that his administration had "created over 600,000 jobs already over a very short period of time", but walked that number back that same day.

Despite this, the former president's decision to not challenge Trump publically is a calculated one on the part of Obama's advisors, says the New York Times.

During the A.P. interview, as Trump talked about the greatness of his first hundred days, he returned, again and again, to vaguer paradigms-to what might be called the mood music of Trump's world, and his ability to call the tune. China had once devalued its currency to make its exports artificially cheaper, crowding out other countries' products, but in recent years has let market forces do more to shape currency exchange rates. On this, he delivered more than promised - not only starting the process of finding a new Supreme Court justice but winning Senate confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, who now sits on the court.

Most say he hasn't paid enough attention to the nation's most important problems (55%) and that he isn't working hard enough to be effective (51%).

FDR signed an unmatched 76 bills into law during those first months of his presidency.

The last three presidents all were re-elected to second terms. One of Trump's signature promises was health care reform.

Trump says he will release tax reform package next week
The current corporate tax rate is 35% and each percentage-point cut reduces federal revenue by $100bn, according to WSJ analysis. But Trump claims the regulations have had the opposite effect, while also limiting access to credit for many Americans.

An NBC News analysis added yesterday that upon inspection, some of the executive orders the White House is now bragging about "amount to little more than optional advice for the government - not binding reforms".

Trying to unsuccessfully tackle repeal and replacement of Obamacare early on in his presidency might have cost Trump his honeymoon period - the early period in office when US presidents typically enjoy higher approval ratings.

Most recently on April 13, Trump nullified a Department of Health and Human Services rule that allowed states to withhold federal family planning dollars from clinics that provide abortion services. But of the 10 major pieces of legislation whose passage he vowed to fight for "within the first 100 days", only one has even been introduced.

The White House has pulled out all the tools of the trade.

Trump's Defense Secretary James Mattis made an unannounced visit to Kabul Monday to meet with Afghan government officials and was due to brief Trump later in the day.

Asked about the 100-day plan by The Associated Press last Friday, Mr Trump brushed it off, saying: "Somebody put out the concept of a 100-day plan". He seemed to have forgotten that he personally recorded a video during the transition repeating the 100-day promises.

In March, President Trump hurled unsubstantiated claims that Obama "wiretapped" him at Trump Tower during the presidential campaign. "I think we've laid a foundation for some serious change in Washington - first of all, a change of attitude". But the 100-day construct abides, fueled both by journalists eager for a yardstick to measure a new administration and by presidents themselves, who lay out 100-day plans as candidates and nearly unfailingly fall short.

The first 100 days of a new administration has served as a benchmark of prospective presidential progress ever since 1933, when Franklin Roosevelt first entered the Oval Office and passed a flurry of "New Deal" legislation aimed at pulling the country from the brink of economic collapse.



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