Donald Trump promised to shake up Washington and in many ways, he’s lived up to his promise. From his Day One battle over inaugural crowd size to claims of wiretapping by his predecessor, AP looks at some key moments of Trump’s first 100 days. (April 27)
Over the past week, as he approached the 100-day mark of his presidency, Donald Trump has said 1) that the 100-day milestone is “not very meaningful,” 2) that the ambitious 100-day to-do list he trumpeted in the closing days of his 2016 campaign was somebody else’s idea, and 3) that his first three months as commander-in-chief have, nevertheless, been the most productive in presidential history.
The first of these assertions, at least, has some merit.
It’s true that the 45th president’s opening act has been underwhelming by conventional metrics, such as Mr. Trump’s capacity to staff the government with capable subordinates, to translate his vague campaign promises into concrete legislation, or to inspire confidence in his constituents at home or his allies abroad.
But it would be disingenuous to snicker at the president’s slow start without confessing our gratitude for the congressional resistance and judicial skepticism that have blunted many of his worst impulses.
It’s a good thing, after all, that GOP lawmakers were not bullied into rubber-stamping an incoherent repeal-and-replace bill that would have left…
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