In a speech on the hallowed ground of Gettysburg, Pa. just 18 days before his surprise victory, Trump gave one of the most important speeches of his campaign. He announced his 100-day action plan. He made a list of 28 campaign promises, that was “a contract between Donald J. Trump and the American voter.” At the time, his campaign called it “a game-changing plan for his first 100 days in office.” 100 days has passed. Trump breached the contract.
The New York Times: “It’s the least successful first 100 days since the concept existed.”
Politico points out: “So far, though, 532 of the 554 key jobs requiring Senate confirmation are still empty—and Trump has not even nominated a candidate for 508 of them. In general, the story of his first 100 days has been a words story, not a deeds story, ... So far he’s been a showhorse, not a workhorse, and in Washington, showhorses often struggle to produce lasting change.
Now that Trump is nearing that 100-day benchmark, though, he’s calling it “a ridiculous standard” to measure a president’s accomplishments.
Perhaps that’s because the scope of his 100-day plan was enormously broad, covering a constitutional amendment, regulations, trade, tax reform, health care and the military. And the timeframe was ambitious: He promised to take executive action on the first 18 points of his 100-day contract on the very first day.
Spoiler alert: He didn’t.
He’s also 0 for 10 on his promises to achieve his goals through legislation. Only one — a health insurance rewrite — has even been introduced, and that fell apart as Trump couldn’t get the support of House conservatives.
“What has become clear since Donald Trump delivered his inaugural address is that he has changed the presidency more than the presidency has changed him.
The vocabulary of President Trump, if not all his policies, is much the same as that of candidate Trump. To the White House he has brought the same aggression and plain-speaking that characterised his insurgent campaign.
Social media remains his favoured conduit with the American people. Twitter is to Trump what television was to JFK and radio was to FDR. But it is his means of expression, more than the utilisation of a new medium, that marks such a break from the past.”
Clearly, the vast majority of news agencies has graded the Trump first 100 days as a total and complete disaster. Sarah Palin, the astute political annalist that she is, has given her take on the first 100 days.
“I’m extremely pleased, of course, that our new president is in there building the team that he believes he needs in order to fulfill promises to the American electorate, to make America great again, and I’m very, very happy that he’s there,” said Palin.