MNA Editorial Desk: The first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s administration is remarking today (Saturday). By any account, this presidential honeymoon of sorts was a mixed bag.
The 45th president’s biggest achievement was the confirmation to the Supreme Court of Neil Gorsuch. His biggest defeat was the failure to live up to a campaign promise to get Congress to repeal Obamacare—officially known as the Affordable Care Act.
The current 100 days administration will claim several crowning achievements that fall somewhere in between the president’s Supreme Court victory and his healthcare reform defeat.
Online privacy took a hit as well after Trump signed legislation allowing home Internet and mobile broadband providers to sell or share Web browsing history without consent from consumers.
Trump also signed legislation designed to limit federal funding for Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortions. The president ordered the termination of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and he rolled back the Obama administration’s move to require automakers to increase fuel efficiency.
So despite his unusual political ascent, Trump’s first impressions follow the familiar path of his many predecessors. At this stage of his presidency, Donald Trump is the least popular leader in modern US history—even if his core supporters still fully back him.
The 70-year-old president, whose election victory unleashed a political shockwave around the world, is still clinging to the take-no-prisoners, unpredictable, impulsive style that made him a property mogul and reality TV star.
But the onetime anti-establishment candidate who promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington appears to have recognized—with a mix of naivete and craftiness—that he has one of the most difficult jobs in the world.
In just his first few weeks in office, Trump suffered some crippling blows. Federal courts halted his proposed travel ban and Congress failed to adopt health care reform.