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The first 100 days: a recap

April 28, 2017

On Saturday, the United States will be approaching the 100 day mark of having Donald Trump at the helm as our President. Since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the first 100 days has been considered to be an indicator of the success of the current president. In a speech in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Trump claimed that no other administration has accomplished more than he has in the first 100 days. Politifact has ruled this to be a false claim, but let’s look at what he has done during this period since he was inaugurated on January 20th.

While campaigning across the states, Trump released a list of 60 promises that he would complete within the first 100 days of his presidency if elected. According to the Washington Post, he has failed to complete 60% of these promises. Since entering office, Trump has signed twenty-eight bills into law. However, it should be noted that thirteen of the laws signed were to repeal regulations that President Barack Obama put into place during his time in office.

One of the major issues that Trump ran on was his promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. When the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, 16.4% of Americans were uninsured. As of 2016, that number has fallen to 11.9% with 20 million Americans now receiving insurance when they previously did not. Even so, the Trump administration was dead set on repealing the ACA without a comparable replacement.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, 70% of the 20 million people would be left without healthcare by next year if Trump were successful. The repeal would also harm American citizens with preexisting conditions due to the lack of protections in place. However, the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans plan to replace the ACA failed when they did not have the votes in Congress to pass its replacement.

He has also failed greatly in his attempts to institute travel bans from Muslim majority countries. Each time, his executive orders have been ruled unconstitutional by the Judicial Branch of the United States Government. If anything, this administration has demonstrated the importance of separation of power as well as checks and balances.

One of the few successes from the Trump administration did come in the form of the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States after President Obama was denied his appointment to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.

Author of Presidential Performance: A Comprehensive Review Max Skidmore puts it best when he said “Trump actually is unusual for his first 100 days, but for a reason opposite of what he said. Not only has he accomplished almost nothing, but rather his initiatives have been notoriously unsuccessful.” Only time will tell what will happen in the next 1283 days (as of this writing).

Jacob Marx
Political Editor

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