A President's First 100 Days

May 15, 2017 By Matt B
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A few weeks ago, President Donald Trump reached his first 100 days of holding the executive office.

President Trump’s time as president so far has been an increasing mix of controversy and battles over campaign promises. With that in mind, the media has been quick to point out the many early flaws of the Trump administration.

But why all the fuss about the first 100 days, especially if it makes up only 3% of the time as president?

How It Began?

Using the first 100 days as a measuring tool all began back in the Great Depression.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) took office and quickly instituted long-lasting and successful economic policies. He was also able to swear in his entire cabinet. FDR’s first 100 days were so busy and productive that they became a tool with which the media measured all future presidents.

Most presidents dislike the 100 day mark. 100 days is not enough time to make lasting contributions or have the opportunity to work closely with the opposite parties and heal the country from the recent election. President Trump is no exception. So what has President Trump accomplished in the first 100 days?

Trump's 100 Days

Trump’s first 100 days have certainly been eventful, even if they do not measure up to the standard set by FDR. Neil Gorsuch was appointed to the Supreme Court, a major win for conservatives. The controversial travel ban has been enacted and rejected multiple times. A trade agreement between North American countries called NAFTA is currently being reconsidered.

Most recently is the looming possibility of an ObamaCare repeal.

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act (or Obamacare). This was one of Trump’s major campaign promises. Unfortunately, repealing Obamacare is not popular with many Americans. Republicans fear this move may make many GOP lawmakers disliked and the GOP could lose Congress in 2018. Democrats are fearful this bill could be passed. Such a possibility is still very far away. It is now up to the Senate to decide what to do. They have a few choices: to pass or reject the bill, amend or create a new bill which would then have to be voted on again by the House. Either way, there is a long path ahead of the GOP if they wish to repeal Obamacare.

President Trump’s first 100 days have had a lot of action, but the effects of his legislation and policies remains to be seen.

Which of his policies do you believe will affect the US the most?