President Trump Completes 100 Days In Office

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On Saturday, April 29, 2017, President Donald Trump celebrated his 100th day in office. The marker has become a perennial fixture on the American political calendar since Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), the 32nd President of the United States, helped the country limp back from the Great Depression with a flurry of new legislation within his first 105 days in the White House.

Though the period is often too short to judge a new leader's achievements objectively, every US leader since has strived to achieve one or more major milestones within this time. In his October “Contract with the American Voter” address in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Mr. Trump outlined his 100-day plan if elected the 45th President of the United States. Here are some of the actions the US leader has taken to fulfill his campaign promise.

The Environment

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President Trump has always been a vocal skeptic of global warming and a big supporter of traditional energy companies. Hence, it came as no surprise that among his first actions were executive orders to revive the construction of the controversial Keystone and North Dakota pipelines and loosen restrictions on offshore drilling. Mr. Trump also issued a directive to reverse the Clean Power Plan put in place by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, and has presented a proposal to decrease funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. If passed, it will drastically cut programs that raise awareness for and help combat climate change.

The Economy

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The self-made billionaire businessman, who coined the slogan “Make America Great Again,” had promised US citizens he would do everything in his power to bring back manufacturing jobs to the country. The president fulfilled his pledge on the first day in office by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which he believes is detrimental to the US economy and job market. However, the gesture is largely symbolic given that the 12-nation trade agreement orchestrated by Mr. Barack Obama has not been approved by the US Congress.

Late last month, the rumor that Mr. Trump was considering backing out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a 23-year-old trade deal with Mexico and Canada, caused some concern in the markets. Fortunately, on April 27, the US President calmed frayed nerves with an announcement that he was planning to renegotiate, not cancel, NAFTA.

On Wednesday, April 26, the Trump administration announced a significant tax overhaul. As promised during the campaign, it simplifies the tax code by reducing the number of tax brackets for individuals from seven to three — 10 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent. If passed, it will lower the top tax rate paid by about 5 percent, reducing the tax burden for most Americans. The bill also proposes cutting the corporate tax rate from the current 35 percent to 15 percent and reducing the capital gains tax from 23.8 percent to 20 percent. It is unclear if Congress will approve the proposal given that there is not enough detail on how the administration plans to make up for the revenue lost due to the cuts.

Healthcare

Repealing the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” has been on the Republican agenda ever since it was passed in 2010. However, the initial attempt to repeal it in March failed to get the required votes in Congress because of lack of clarity on how it would be replaced. Not deterred, the Trump administration has introduced a revised bill that is currently being assessed by lawmakers.

International Affairs

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In an effort to keep America safe, on January 27, President Trump issued an executive order banning citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days. On February 3, US District Court Judge James Robert deemed the order unconstitutional and lifted the ban. A second, revised iteration announced on March 6 met with a similar fate on March 29.

During his campaign, President Trump had promised Americans he would not be drawn into Syria’s six-year-long civil war. However the horrifying images of children suffering from a chemical gas attack that killed 85 people in the rebel-held province of Idlib on April 4 compelled the US leader to change his stance. On April 6, the US president ordered air strikes on Syria’s Shayrat air base. The firm action earned the president praise from allies like the U.K. and France, while Russia and China called it an “aggression.”

Border Security

President Donald Trump signing the “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United State order " (Photo Credit: Staff of the President of the United States, Donald Trump [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Funding a wall between the US and Mexico was one of the biggest components of Mr. Trump’s campaign platform. In his first week as president, he signed an executive order to commence the construction. However, a recent attempt to get Congress to approve part of the $21 billion USD cost to build the 1,000-mile-long wall was met with resistance from members of the Democratic Party. Though it has been removed from the budget, Mr. Trump has promised the border wall will eventually be built.

Resources: cnn.com, npr.com, Atlantic.com, BBC.co.uk


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  • Sense is gr8Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11:06 am
    In my opinion trump isnt the best BUT the election is over and he is our president. So stop the complaining
    • common senseWednesday, April 25, 2018 at 12:18 pm
      Trump is awesome it is good that was elected to be president, it is good if he good if he builds The Wall, and it is good that Hillary did not win. Republicans for ever 👍👌
      • capry3
        capry3Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 5:50 am
        what I can't believe it has been 100 hundred days in office.WOW!!.
        • wow!Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:44 am
          wow!
          • #lolWednesday, March 7, 2018 at 1:06 am
            Go trump you reached 💯 days in the office
            • soccerpig120
              soccerpig120Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:48 am
              he did good his first 100 days but he could do better but he did good.
              • atheire
                atheireFriday, February 23, 2018 at 8:29 am
                ATTENTION: Everyone, please stop with the WW3 Hoax. Its annoying for me having to write the same thing over and over again to every WW3 comment I see. Heres the proof: He can step up security, plus North Korea is becoming rather passive with South Korea, and maybe South Korea will become friends with us as well! (we already are kinda(
                • atheire
                  atheireFriday, February 23, 2018 at 7:58 am
                  Congrats! By the way, everyone has there own opinions. If you dislike our president, thats fine. I don't really care. But he's our president, and the election ended already, so if your fighting, I advise you to stop because the decision is in. Thank you.
                  • jfrgnjerFriday, January 19, 2018 at 9:50 am
                    this is his 105 day in the white house he is going to be in the white house intime 4 year 😡😡
                    • atheire
                      atheireFriday, February 23, 2018 at 8:31 am
                      Yes, hes for 4 more years.. Its really not your choice, you can't SUE the president. He can step up security, plus North Korea is becoming rather passive with South Korea, and maybe South Korea will become friends with us as well! (we already are kinda friends)
                    • FenceTuesday, January 9, 2018 at 2:59 pm
                      He has done such much good during his first 100 days

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