Today marks the First 100 Days of Donald Trump in the Oval Office as President of The United States of America. While this marker is nothing other than a symbolic measure of one’s adjustment in the Oval Office and swampy DC, it is however, not a barometer to measure one’s legislative accomplishment in such a short time.
Nonetheless, the anti-Trump media and Democrats would like to make the First 100 Days a referendum on the entire Trump Presidency by dismissing his accomplishments and focus on the disses and negatives instead.
To celebrate this day, President Trump chose to spend it with the people who elected him – his supporters – 96% of whom are still with him amidst all the opposition, road blocks and resistance to his presidency. On Saturday evening he addressed a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the state that flipped the election for him.
Since the media will not honestly share his accomplishments, we have compiled a list of some of them here.
Trump’s biggest accomplishment by far was defeating the Liberals – the Democrats and Hillary Clinton in a historic, bitter sweet victory that had America’s silent majority breathe a sigh of relief.
He is also the first incumbent President in 34 years to address the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention since Ronald Regan in 1983.
Although Trump has no legislative accomplishment to show for at this time and mainly due to opposition from Democrats and within his own Republican Party, he has nonetheless achieved a lot on this front. So far, he has signed 29 New Bills in his First 100 Days, a historic accomplishment not surpassed since President Harry Truman.
13 of the 29 Bills he signed gutted and rolled back the intrusive regulations imposed by Obama. Some of them The new freed the energy sector (Oil, natural gas, etc.) from restrictions imposed by Obama; ended the war on coal and cleared the way for construction on Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines (which Obama had blocked).
Trump also did the following:
- Scrapped many of Obama’s job-killing regulations,
- He created new rule whereby for every 2 regulations eliminated, 1 new regulation will replace it.
- He signed an Executive Order (EO) clearing up the environment bureaucracy which dominated the Obama Admin.
- He also ordered a review of all trade deals to ensure American companies and jobs get a fair deal and are protected.
Business and Economy
Although Trump has suffered a sluggish economic growth of about 0.7% in the first quarter of his presidency, the stock market is through the roof since election and remains the same.
He has pushed for the biggest Tax Cuts that offer relief to the middle class and help stimulate the economy. The Trump Tax Plan also offers a reduction in taxes for corporations from 39% (Obama) to 15%, a move which may encourage companies to return from operating in other countries; repatriate some of the externalized funds; stop the exportation of jobs and encourage local investment.
President Trump in his First 100 Days has undone most of Obama’s signature regulations that were seen as job-killers and stifling economic growth. He proposed that for every two regulations eliminated, it will be replaced by one new regulation.
He signed a Bill to undo one of Obama’s key legislation, the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement which had been controversial from the initial onset.
President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Accord which was seen as another job-killer that stifled innovation. On Day 99, he signed a new Bill killing Obama’s Executive Order prohibiting deep sea drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic in an effort to “unleash American energy” and create more jobs in the oil and gas industry.
He also cleared the way by approving construction of both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines which had been blocked by Obama, a move which added 48 thousand new jobs.
Trump ordered a new directive to ‘Buy American’ and ‘Hire American’ a move designed to add new jobs to the market and encourage a return to local manufacturing.
By ending the war on clean coal, President Trump added twenty-seven thousand new jobs in the mining industry. A further ninety-nine thousand new jobs were also added to the construction industry with over 600 thousand jobs added across the board during the First 100 Days.
Trump has called for a review of every single trade deal that the U.S is signatory to, to ensure that American businesses and workers are not only protected but get a fair deal. He has also ordered a review and renegotiation of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico rather than a termination of the deal.
To protect local steel, President Trump has launched an investigation into foreign companies dumping steel and aluminium into the country. He has already ordered a review of all trade agreements from previous administrations (Obama, Bush, Clinton) pertaining to these controversial deals and clauses within them that disadvantage the U.S.
To fulfill his jobs agenda, Trump has met with CEOs and owners of major corporations, manufacturing and small businesses from different industries at the White House, the first time any President has done that.
The first key campaign promise that President Trump fulfilled was nominating a true Constitutionalist and Conservative, Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Filling the vacant seat was the single most important defining issue of the 2016 election.
He then appointed Senator and Attorney Jeff Session as Attorney General to head the Department of Justice (DOJ), a man who is tough on crime and a pro-Second Amendment supporter. He is now aggressively waging a war against gangs, drug dealers and cartels.
President Trump has so far signed 29 Executive Orders (EOs), 13 of which are new Bills reversing the draconian Bills signed into law by Obama that were largely job-killers and anti-business. While his EOs are job creators, the key point is that they are returning Laws to their previous state prior to what was perceived as Obama’s Executive Overreach to change them.
He has signed an Executive Order to restore American lands back to the States that were confiscated in what was perceived as historic land grabs by Obama through his EOs.
On Education, President Trump signed a Bill ending Common Core and returning the power to decide the type of education to individual States and local educators.
To fulfill his “Drain The Swamp” campaign promise, President Trump passed a new Bill imposing a 5-year ban on all elected and federal officials from becoming lobbyists once they leave government. He also instituted a life-time ban on all federal officials from becoming lobbyists of foreign governments once they leave office. Trump instituted these restrictions to stop corruption and the influence of foreign money into domestic policies, something has led to legislative deadlock with legislators refusing to support key domestic legislation such as immigration reform for example.
Another kept promise is Immigration which has seen a reduction of 73% with illegal border crossings down by 69%, a historic low. The change in immigration enforcement and Trump’s tough stance have contributed to the decline, something he accomplished on his own in-spite of opposition from both parties, outside groups, immigration advocates and activist Judges who have blocked his 3 Executive Orders to derail his presidency and stop his agenda.
Trump is also taking the fight to Sanctuary Cities amidst opposition from Mayors, Immigration advocates and activist judges. Despite the setback Trump has proceeded to tighten security at the borders and points-of-entry, detaining and deporting illegal criminals and all found breaking the law.
Unlike the previous administration that was anti-Police, Trump signed a new Bill protecting Law Enforcement, drawing a clear distinction from the previous administration that he stands with and supports men and women in Law Enforcement. His Administration is not fighting, demonizing or targeting them like during the Obama-era.
President Trump also signed another new Bill protecting the freedoms of all Americans by directing the Department of Justice (DOJ) under AG Jeff Sessions to combat crimes including to go after criminals such as gangs add drug cartels by arresting, prosecuting and deporting them.
To address the rampant issue of gun-violence and crime, Trump has introduced a special Task Force to reduce crime that has grown after 8 years being left unchecked.
Despite the criticism that a Trump Presidency would be unstable and chaotic on the global stage, this has turned out to be Trump’s strength while his domestic agenda suffers due to sabotage by Democrats and opposition by his unsupportive GOP party. Nonetheless, Trump has succeeded on his own in the following:
President Trump proved he is a statesmen as any of his predecessors when he met with different world leaders during his First 100 Days in the Oval Office. He has met the British Prime Minister Teresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, including leaders from Italy and King of Jordan.
Trump has stepped up to fight ISIS by drafting a plan to defeat them by any means necessary including taking the fight to them. Dropping the MOAB missile in Afghanistan has helped restore America’s role as a superpower and world leader, putting it back as a vital, powerful player in geopolitics.
President Trump in his First 100 Days has also sought to strengthen friendships and alliances with global allies some of which had been thawing in the past 8 years of Obama. He has also assured NATO allies of US support while demanding they step up to meet their financial obligation to the organization.
The pre-emptive strike on Syria, the bombing of ISIS hideouts in Afghanistan and the diplomatic approach though the inclusion of China in the North Korean conflict has sent a clear messages to world that the U.S. is back as a leader and strong geopolitical player. His unpredictability and decisiveness in conflicts is restoring America’s role as a strong leader of the free world and not a follower or leading from behind as has been the case in the past 8-years under Obama.
The new sanctions on Iran over its missile program and holding them accountable showed Trump’s key approach in global politics and diplomacy. Unlike Obama who led from behind, apologized and bowed to pressure, President Trump has called for an review of the Iranian Nuclear Deal signed in secret by Obama and which gave Iran everything it needed including $1.7bn in cash (at night, in unmarked plane) under controversial circumstances which are beginning to emerge.
President Trump’s First 100 Days have seen some successes, challenges and legislative failure. The failures have been mainly a result of unified obstructionism by Democrats including opposition, lack of will and support of his agenda by his own party. This was more evident in the Repeal and Replace Obamacare, blocking of his constitutional Executive Orders by activist judges and the refusal to work on an acceptable Immigration Policy that will address once and for all the issue of DREAMers and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
A major failure not of his own making has been the inability to have his full cabinet confirmed. Trump is the first President in history to reach a 100 Day marker with almost half his cabinet still unconfirmed. He currently has 29 out of 58 confirmed cabinet members because Democrats believe by denying him his full cabinet, he may not be able to carry-out his agenda. As a businessman, Trump has been successful working with a skeletal team.
Despite what the media says about President Trump, the man has passed and survived the most hostile, brutal and most vicious First 100 Days in presidential history. He continues to surprise and survive where others would not. That is why he marked his First 100 Days in Harrisburg, Pennyslvania with his supporters who are his source of strength and support.
If anyone deserves a D or F in the First 100 Days report, it is the hysterical, unhinged mainstream media and Democrats. The media because it has strangely and in an unprecedented manner assumed the position of an opposition party in a bid to bring down a seating President whom they loathe. The Democrats who have adopted a strategy to obstruct Trump’s agenda and destroy his presidency by blocking, denying and resisting everything he does. This they are doing through anti-Trump protests disguised as marches and other means in order to destroy and diminish his presidency in the hopes of weakening him to be finally impeached. That remains highly unlikely because the electorate in America is one that is fully engaged and observing everything that is happing to Trump.
At the end of President Trump’s First 100 Days, 96% of his supporters have indicated a disappointment in the both the Democrats and Republicans and are vowing to reelect President Trump to a second term.
First Published: 29 April 2017 @ 15:46 PM EST. Edited: 30 April 2017 @ 10:00 pm EST.
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