“No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days.”
– President Trump, remarks in Kenosha, Wis., April 18, 2017
The first 100 days of a presidency is a rather artificial milestone, but one by which all presidents have been measured since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s whirlwind of action when he took office in the midst of the Great Depression. President Donald Trump appears especially conscious of this marker. During the presidential campaign, he even issued a list of 60 promises that he said he would fulfill in his first 100 days.
We’ve been tracking Trump’s promises, and so far he has not even taken action on 60 percent of the promises – and he’s broken five of them, such as his promise to label China as a currency manipulator.
Yet here’s the president declaring that he’s accomplished more in his first 90 days than any previous president. So how does he stack up?
There are various ways to measure presidential performance, such as number of laws passed. But of course not every law is created equally, so you have to parse through the data. The same goes for executive orders and memorandums.
We sought an explanation from the White House for Trump’s claim but did not get an answer. However, White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday was asked what single piece of legislation the president was most proud of in his first 100 days.
Spicer did not really answer the question but instead responded with a laundry list that he said demonstrated a “very robust agenda of activity,” such as reversing a dozen regulations set by President Barack Obama and the Senate confirmation of…
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