Analysis: Trump's First 100 Days
by Jacob McCartney on 2017-05-05
We have officially passed the 100 day mark of Donald Trump’s presidency. It has certainly been an interesting time, sparking even more emotions than did the actual election. Shortly after he won, he put out a plan for his first 100 days. Has he accomplished his plans? And what else has he accomplished?
Trump’s “Contract with the American Voter” listed the following:
“Six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:”
- “propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress”
- “a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health)”
- “a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated”
- “a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service”
- “a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government”
- “a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections”
- “Seven actions to protect American workers:”
- “I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205”
- “I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership”
- “I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator”
- “I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately”
- “I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.”
- “lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward”
- “cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure”
- “Five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:”
- “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama”
- “begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States”
- “cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities”
- “begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back”
- “suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.”
Starting with his plan, he did actually accomplish a lot of it, although a few have since been reversed or overturned. He placed bans on White House officials lobbying on behalf of foreign governments, he placed a hiring freeze on federal workers (recently lifted), he withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, he ordered the Keystone Pipeline to move forward, he nominated a replacement Supreme Court Justice, he cancelled federal funding to sanctuary cities, he started (continued) the deportation process of illegal immigrants, and he suspended “immigration from terror-prone regions” (reversed by the courts twice). He came close to withdrawing from NAFTA but backed away from that. He never labeled China a currency manipulator. He has not proposed the Offshoring Act, the American Energy and Infrastructure Act, the School Choice and Education Opportunity Act, the Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act, the End Illegal Immigration Act, the Restoring Community Safety Act, or the Restoring National Security Act to Congress.
Based on his initial plan, he accomplished some and failed to do others. In other areas, Trump issued an executive order to ease the negative financial effects of Obamacare for the insured, and proposed a budget and a new tax bracket (which is pretty great for what it is). He has not pulled out of the Paris Agreement. The wall is no closer to being built. As of April 26, 532 out of 554 positions requiring confirmation by the Senate have not been filled, and Trump has only nominated candidates for 24 of them.
Militarily, Trump has shown he does not have a clue what he is doing. Not even Secretary of Defense James Mattis is doing much to counteract this. After Syrian citizens were attacked with Sarin gas, which was blamed on Assad, Trump proceeded to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat air base in Syria. This increased tensions with Russia that were starting to improve beforehand. Trump has had botched raids and has continued to bomb the Middle East no differently from how Obama bombed it.
My final judgement on Trump’s first 100 days was difficult to come to, but I would say it is more negative than positive. This is based on both opinion and fact. He has not achieved the goals he promised to fulfill, and he is definitely more leftist than his voters believed him to be (not that I am surprised). Based on my opinions, his effect on government has been an overall increase in its size, even after tax decreases and freezing new regulations. He has, in a lot of ways, continued in Obama’s footsteps, and he is not “draining the swamp” as he promised. Unless Trump does a lot to shrink his and the rest of the government’s power, I expect the rest of his presidency to be similar.
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