A Look At The Trump Administration's First 100 Days
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A Look At The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

The successes and failures of America's 45th president.

A Look At The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

How quickly 100 days can come and go.

As the Trump administration reaches its first 100 days in the White House, many will begin to judge this early point as a sign of the success of the administration. The first 100 days of a new presidency is often used as a test to judge the successes and failures of the president. The president typically has the most political capital during this early period in their presidency while their approval ratings are high and the election is still fresh.

Trump is a different story however. His approval ratings linger in the low 40's and congressional Democrats are hellbent on blocking his agenda every step of the way.

Trump's presidency has witnessed a series of both triumphs and embarrassing failures. Campaign promises both filled and unfulfilled. While he still has a large majority of four years in office, this is a milestone in his presidency where the media and the American people will judge him. Here is a review of how Trump's nearly 100 days in office has gone so far:

Executive decisions:

Setting the stage.

From the moment he stepped into the Oval Office for the first time as president in January, President Donald Trump immediately got straight to work signing a wide range of executive orders. From these, he set his administration toward increasing defense spending, lowering regulations on coal, withdrew from the Trans-Pacific partnership trade deal and increased funding for border security.

Cabinet appointments:

Some approved, some not.

President Trump has appointed cabinet nominees at a rather slow rate leaving much of the slots in his White House vacant this whole time, many of the important jobs still filled by Obama-era holdovers. His main cabinet nominees were scrutinized by congressional Democrats for being a largely homogenous group of uber-wealthy caucasian men.

Former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, was criticized for being too close to Russia. Dr. Ben Carson and Betsy DeVos, the nominees for secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Education respectively, were criticized for being under-qualified. His Labor secretary nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name for consideration after it became clear he lacked the votes for confirmation. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly have been praised as strong choices.

Immigration ban fiasco:

Certainly a low point of the administration.

In late January, the White House released an executive order that banned all refugees and travelers from 7 countries in North Africa and the Middle East. Many of them were deemed countries of "high risk" by the State Department. The ban led to confusion at airports, people being turned away at airports and the White House squaring off with lower court judges as several judges began to overturn the ban. The ban was eventually revised to allow clarification as well as be limited to 6 countries. The administration is still dealing with the legal ramifications however as the case continues to work its way through the courts.

Supreme Court seat filled:

How Trump filled the long vacancy on the nation's highest court.

In what will likely be viewed as one of Trump's greatest successes thus far, Trump selected Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat on the Supreme Court that had been empty for nearly a year after the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch had been on a long list of conservative jurists that then-candidate Trump had provided as proof of his right-wing credentials. Gorsuch was widely praised as a moderate, well-qualified individual with a calm temperament.

Senate Democrats moved to filibuster him for the first time since the 1960's but the stunt was averted when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked the "nuclear option" allowing Gorsuch to be confirmed by a simple majority. Justice Gorsuch will remain in office far longer than Trump and will be a symbol of Trump's legacy.

Obamacare replacement doesn't stick the landing:

Republicans forced to retreat on the issue- for now.

After months of negotiation, the GOP released a new healthcare plan for the country in order to replace what they argue is a failing Obamacare system. Dubbed "Republicancare, Trumpcare or Americancare, the plan was criticized by Democrats for leaving out the poor and reducing Medicaid, while the far right criticized it for being "Obamacare-lite." Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was eventually forced to pull the legislation as the conservative Freedom Caucus threatened to torpedo the bill by withholding their votes. Trump and Republican leaders were forced to back down as negotiations were sent back to stage one.

Adviser drama:

Drama in the West Wing leads to a shuffling of roles

About a month into Trump's presidency, his first major scandal entailed questions over his aggressive national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Flynn faced questions over his Russia connections and whether he was fully honest in his disclosures over his discussions with the Russian ambassador. Flynn was eventually forced to resign and after a tense period where Trump's top choice to fill the spot declined, H.R. McMaster stepped into the role. Flynn's deputy, K.T. McFarland, also facing scrutiny, was moved overseas where she could fill the role of ambassador to Singapore.

Further drama unfolded after the Obamacare replacement bill fell through. Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh was moved out of her role in the administration and into an outside job working for a Trump advocacy group.

There also appears to be a rift between Trump advisers Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law. Bannon was forced out of his role at the National Security Council and Trump in previous interviews has encouraged his two top aides to "work it out."

Increased military activity:

The military takes a more aggressive role overseas

After a chemical attack in Syria led to the deaths of multiple women and children, Trump ordered a strike of 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the airfield where Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad launched the attack. This act was seen as a serious change in Syria policy. This came weeks after additional troops were deployed to Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.

A week later, a Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) also known as the mother of all bombs, was deployed against an ISIS stronghold in Afghanistan. It is unclear if Trump personally signed off on its use.

Golf trips

There have been many.

Perhaps one of the biggest aspects of the Trump presidency thus far has been the wide range of golf outings the president has taken. He has used it as both a way of relaxing as well as as way of conducting meetings. He golfed with Sen. Rand Paul to discuss health care and with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss diplomacy and regional security. It has become increasingly common to see the president hitting the links at Mar-a-Lago.

As Trump reaches the 100 day mark of his administration, the administration will likely review its successes and failures and decide what it can improve on. It'll be interesting to see what the administration will accomplish as they approach the 2018 midterms.

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