So, we are closing in on the end of Trump’s first 100 days. While Trump has recently started tweeting about how it’s a ridiculous measure, the White House has been using that measure to tout all that he’s accomplished. For Trump’s part, he has still managed to mention that he has gotten more done in the first 100 days than any president in the history of the United States.
For a “ridiculous measure,” Trump and the White House sure seem to talk about it a lot.
So, what are these accomplishments of which they speak? Well, they proudly trot out that Trump has signed 28 pieces of legislation into law. I daresay, for most of us, that comes as a surprise. And there’s good reason for that. Most of those 28 bills involved rolling back Obama-era regulations. Nine of the 28 were ceremonial and only 6 were substantive measures, the majority of which include no major funding or policy reform.
In other words, none of these great accomplishments is really much to crow about.
Let’s contrast with what Trump promised he would do in the first 100 days, which he seemed to think was a perfectly reasonable measure while he was on campaign trail. He promised that, in his first 100 days as president, he would build the border wall, repeal and replace Obamacare, implement a ban on Muslims, cut taxes, and pass a Federal law mandating paid family leave.
Of 28 pieces of legislation he has signed into law, not one of them does any of those things.
Trump has certainly outdone his predecessor in terms of signing Executive Orders in the first 100 days. I seem to recall conservatives being very upset by Obama’s use of Executive Orders, but I guess it’s okay when Trump does it. Another area where has outdone his predecessor is the number of days he has spent playing golf. At this point in his presidency, Obama had not played golf once. Trump, on the other hand, goes golfing every other day.
I do think it’s important to give credit where credit is due. There is one area in which it is absolutely correct that Trump has done more in his first 100 days than any other president in the history of the United States.
In his first 100 days, Trump has told no fewer than 400 lies, according to fact checkers. That’s a record that could stand for a very long time. Let’s hope so.