DONALD TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS IN OFFICE: IS ANYONE SURPRISED?

DONALD
TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS IN OFFICE: IS ANYONE SURPRISED?
Donald
Trump calls it “a ridiculous standard” to measure a president’s
accomplishments in the 100 days.
– CNN (Tuesday, 25th
April, 2017 – Day 96 of his Presidency)
In the middle of
October, 2016. I published an article titled;

United
States Presidential Election 2016: Donald Trump’s Presidency & U.S.
Diplomatic Relations with Africa. (https://shegzsablezs.blogspot.com.ng/2017/05/united-states-presidential-election.html).
In that piece, I prophesized that Donald Trump might be elected the 45th
President of the United States against our wish and I was right. On the 9th of
November, 2016, Donald Trump was named the President-elect having scored the
highest number of Electoral College votes in the keenly contested election.
Interestingly, my last
article about Donald Trump’s Presidency coincidentally coincided with his
speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where he told his supporters what he intends
to achieve in the first 100 days in office just 18 days before his surprise
victory. Trump gave one of the most important speeches of his presidential
campaign — turning a vague campaign promise to “Make America Great
Again” into a specific 100-day action plan. The list of 28 campaign
promises, he said, was “a contract between Donald J. Trump and the
American voter.” At the time, his campaign office called it “a
game-changing plan for his first 100 days in office.”
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
is the same town where former President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous
1863 United States Civil War-era address at the dedication of a cemetery for
fallen Civil War soldiers. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is one of the most
famous speeches in United States history.
Trump’s first 100 days:
Good or Not Good?
The first 100 days of a
first-term presidency are used to measure the successes and accomplishments of
a president during the time that the president’s power and influence are at
their greatest. The term was coined in a July 24th, 1933, radio address by
United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, although he was referring to the
100-day session of the 73rd United States Congress between March 9th and June
17th, rather than the first 100 days of his administration but no candidate in
history has laid out a first 100-day agenda as explicit as the one President
Trump announced last October.
Perhaps, it is 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. (USA TODAY – Susan
Page)
One of Trump’s major
accomplishments, made as part of a “100-day pledge”, was the
confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of
the United States. Structurally, President Trump had the advantage of a
Republican Party majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate
but was unable to fulfill his major pledges in his first 100 days and had an
approval rating of between 40% – 42%, “the lowest for any first-term
president at this point in his tenure”. Although he tried to make progress
on one of his key economic policies—the dismantling of the Dodd–Frank Wall
Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act—his failure to repeal the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the first 100 days was a major
setback. He reversed his position on a number of issues including labeling
China as a currency manipulator, NATO, launching the 2017 Shayrat missile
strike without congressional approval, the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA), re-nomination of Janet Yellen as Chair of the Federal Reserve and the
nomination of Export-Import Bank directors. Supporters claim he is the first to
have been elected President in present times who has held neither military nor
political office and therefore faced a steep learning curve. Trump’s approval
among his base is high, with 96% of those who voted for him saying in an April
2017 poll that they would vote for him again.
Near the end of the 100
days, the Trump administration introduced a broad outline of a sweeping tax
reform focusing on deep tax cuts. While it is intended to encourage economic
growth, there were concerns from some members of the United States Congress
about raising the national deficit. In spite of the sharp decline in gross
domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter of 2017—representing the weakest
quarterly economic growth in three years—the S&P 500 was near an all-time
high, representing a 12% rise from the first quarter of 2016, as investor
confidence remained elevated. Although, Trump had to concede to delay funding
for the U.S.–Mexico border wall he had promised, narrowly avoiding a government
shutdown a few days before the end of the first 100 days, his rhetoric may have
contributed to a sharp drop in the number of illegal crossings at the
Mexico–United States border.
Trump signed 24
executive orders in his first 100 days, the most executive orders of any
President since World War II. He also signed 22 presidential memoranda, 20
presidential proclamations, and 28 bills. About a dozen of those bills
roll-back regulations finalized during the last months of his immediate
predecessor Barack Obama’s presidency using the Congressional Review Act. Most
of the other bills are “small-scale measures that appoint personnel, name
federal facilities or modify existing programs.” None of Trump’s bills are
considered to be “major bills”—based on a “longstanding political-science
standard for ‘major bills’. Presidential historian Michael Beschloss said that
“based on a legislative standard”— which is what the first 100 days
has been judged on since the tenure of President Franklin Roosevelt, who
enacted 76 laws in 100 days including nine that were
“major”—”Trump is really pretty low down on the list.”
(Source: Wikipedia.com)
Apparently, an article
by Washington Post on President Trump’s lies and misinformation in his first
100 days in office is interesting and intriguing. Excerpts; “It’s a cliché
at this point: Donald Trump constantly misleads the public but just how often
does he do this? A new analysis from the Washington Post tries to put a number
on Trump’s false and misleading claims. It concludes:
·       
488: The number of false or misleading
claims made by the president. That’s an average of 4.9 claims a day.
·       
10: Number of days without a single false
claim. (On six of those days, the president golfed at a Trump property.)
·       
4: Number of days with 20 or more false
claims. (Feb. 16th, Feb. 28th, March 20th and April 21st.) He made 19 false
claims on April 29th, his 100th day.
According to the Post,
the misleading or false statements came from just about every venue possible —
speeches, interviews, other unscripted remarks in front of reporters and social
media. The comments vary in their subject matter – some were about jobs, such
as when he took credit for the January jobs report even though the data for it
was taken a week before he became president. Some were about the media, like
when he said the New York Times apologized for its supposedly dishonest
coverage of him (which it did not do). And others are just petty, such as his
bragging that he’s accomplished more than any other president in his first 100
days. (German Lopez, May 1st, 2017)
Conclusion
From the inception of
the Trump administration, I have had this foul feeling that the President is in
the “White House” to relax and spend some good times with family and
friends. I am sure you would all be surprised if I told you that Trump has not
visited any country outside the United States since the inception of his
administration and He has only visited 12 states inside the United States in
his first 100 days. There have been proof that Russia provided significant
amount of help during electioneering and He falsely accused the former
President Barack Obama of phone tapping but is anyone surprised? It is
President Donald J. Trump giving the American electorates what they voted for.
God Bless Us All.

Olusanya, Oluwole
Sheriff
Oluwole Olusanya
Oluwole Olusanya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the fastest-growing lifestyle and entertainment website in the country. He is a banker, writer, blogger, public affairs analyst and a tax consultant. He anchors Trending Topics on SHEFFA where he shares his thoughts and opinions on trending issues. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of South Wales, Wales, United Kingdom. He has diplomas in Banking and Finance, Investigative Journalism, Creative Writing, and Linguistics from Lagos State Polytechnic, Isolo, Lagos, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.