By AMINA RANA
May 1, 2017
” In the past 100 days, the President has erupted a number of controversies and passed numerous executive orders, many of which have sparked widespread protests.”
It may seem like much longer but today marks President Trump’s 100th day in office, traditionally a time for political pundits and citizens alike to weigh in on the progress made by a President so far, and what his Presidency is shaping to be like.
And President Trump seems to have lived up to his expectations. In the past 100 days, the President has erupted a number of controversies and passed numerous executive orders, many of which have sparked widespread protests.
President Trump formulated his presidential campaign based on lofty assertions about what he plans to do his first 100 days in office. Now that we have arrived at the checkpoint, it is time to reflect and take a look back at his shortcomings and successes.
Before delving into the Administration’s policy, it is critical to note the demeanor of his Presidency. This includes the often hostile tone with which he addresses the media, which has frequently flooded social media with fury from both sides of the political spectrum. In addition, his notorious “handshake” or lack thereof, has initiated conversation and debate over what the etiquette of a President entails. Trump supporters remained relatively silent in these debates.
Executive Orders: It is also notable the number of executive orders signed by the Administration thus far. While he has previously criticized his predecessor for abusing his executive power, Trump himself is on a path towards breaking the record for most executive orders signed. So far, he has signed 29 executive orders. That is 10 more than former President Obama signed after his 100 days.
Trump himself is on a path towards breaking the record for most executive orders signed.
One of his most controversial executive orders notoriously labeled a “Muslim Ban” abruptly halted all migration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The order caused a national firestorm, fueling protests in national airports across the countries and driving pro-bono lawyers to come assist those who were unlawfully detained. The fiasco was put to an end a few days later, after a judge declared the executive order unconstitutional.
Another notable executive order that put Americans in protests was his budget cut on the EPA, infuriating environmentalists who fear for the future for this globe. This sparked protests but
Healthcare: Healthcare, too, shared a similar fate. After abruptly urging members of Congress to pass a bill that would replace Obamacare, the bill failed to garner enough supporters ultimately forcing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to pull the bill. This is of particular embarrassment given that Republicans control not only the White House, but the Senate and House of Representatives. In spite of this majority, the proposed bill failed and delivered a blow to an Administration that built its campaign on repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch: Choosing a judge to replace the late Antonin Scalia has remained a political source of tension. But the Trump Administration can claim this victory, as the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch has been one of the few successes of the Administration.
After fierce tension between the Democratic and Republican parties, Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate. Notably, this was only after Senate collectively abolished filibustering Supreme Court nominees. In essence, the Senate amended rules to help bolster their efforts of choosing a Supreme Court judge of their favoring.
Golfing: Trivial but notable, President Trump has already went golfing 19 times. At this point in Obama’s Presidency, he had gone 0 times, Former President George Bush had also gone 0 times in his first 100 days.
Nepotism: Notable and worrisome, is the degree of nepotism most clearly evident in the White House. Both the President’s daughter, and son-in-law play critical roles in shaping the policy we see come from the Administration. Their hidden influence has sparked real concern, especially regarding foreign policy, as both Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have had seats with leaders of the world. Nonetheless, the two continue to take part in White House meetings and have official positions (unpaid) as White House Senior Advisers.
There is no evidence that either has experience in foreign policy or governing. It does remain certain, though, that the two have considerable influence over this country’s direction.
former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn failed to share openly the payments he received by foreign governments when meeting with diplomats and foreign leaders.
Michael Flynn Probably Broke the Law: If that controversy wasn’t enough, it was recently disclosed that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn failed to share openly the payments he received by foreign governments when meeting with diplomats and foreign leaders. This is a shock-wave to the intelligence community, as it suggests there could have been collusion between the US and countries like Russia. It was a clear violation of the law and President Trump has gone on to point fingers and blame his predecessor for not properly “vetting” the now disgraced former National Security Advisor.
The complications that have accompanied the Trump Administration haven’t gone unnoticed. And on the 99th day of his presidency, Trump noted that he thought running the country “would be easier”. It is reassuring to know that our President understands the difficulty in running a country that happens to lead the world.