President Donald Trump will mark his first 100 days in office on Friday. Liberals are fighting him as he pushes through his agenda, but he’s managed get some things done.
The president has signed 25 executive orders and enacted 28 pieces of legislation that range from protecting police officers to strengthening immigration enforcement to reducing burdensome regulations on businesses. According to Fox News, President Trump stopped “nearly $200 billion” in regulations on Day 1.
The president has ordered tougher immigration policies in an effort to protect jobs for Americans and keep them safe in the homeland.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 23, 2017
Perhaps most important, Congress confirmed Neil Gorsuch, the president’s Supreme Court justice pick, in the first 100 days.
American Enterprise Institute fellow Marc Thiessen wrote in the Washington Post that the first 100 days of a presidency, though a milestone, “don’t mean very much at all.”
Right now, the Trump White House appears to be in a panic over the approaching milestone, looking desperately for last-minute accomplishments. It is pushing the House to vote this week on repealing Obamacare, and it is risking a government shutdown in an effort to make Democrats pay for a border wall with Mexico, instead of just passing a straight extension of current funding levels. And the president announced (to the apparent surprise of his own staff) that he would unveil his tax reform plan on Wednesday, before it is fully baked.
To which I say: Mr. President, slow down. There’s no rush. Ignore the critics. You’re doing just fine.
Thiessen pointed to the confirmation of Gorsuch as the most significant accomplishment of President Trump’s time in office, one that will have a generation’s worth of implications.
“No other modern president can claim to have had that kind of lasting impact in so short a time,” he wrote. That, and enforcing the former president’s “red line against Syria’s use of chemical weapons,” make President Trump’s first 100 days successful.
Americans who voted for Donald Trump still want to see Obamacare cast into the dustbin of history and a wall on the porous southern border, but the president can accomplish these goals and more over the next few years.