Thursday, 27 April, 2017

Trump calls 100-day assessment "ridiculous"

President Donald Trump signed an executive order April 18th 2017directing federal agencies to implement the Trump complains about measuring him by his first 100 days
Theresa Hayes | 21 April, 2017, 18:58

Trump's first 100 days in office ends April 29, and critics have pointed out that he has yet to achieve many key goals.

President Trump gestures as he makes cards for members of the military at a craft table during the 139th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday.

President Donald Trump said "a lot" has been accomplished on his watch and that the 100-day benchmark is 'ridiculous'.

These days, Trump seems torn between downplaying expectations and asserting, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary, that the early days of his administration have been a success. But he so far has come up empty-handed in terms of legislative achievements.

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 USA out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, his presidency has mostly been marked by some high-profile failures.

But some of the president's highest-profile campaign promises have foundered in his first months in office.

Two controversial executive orders barring citizens of certain Muslim-majority countries and refugees from entering the US, for example, were blocked by federal judges amid concerns that the orders amounted to a ban on a religious group. He has already directed his administration to more aggressively enforce immigration laws and has authorized the construction of a long-touted wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

The first 100 days of a first-term president is often used to measure success and set a roadmap for future policy issues. That move drew a sharp contrast between Trump and his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, who threatened action against Assad should he use chemical weapons but then did not follow through when the Syrian dictator did just that.