This is Trump’s 100th day in office, and so the last of my daily posts (for now). Trump made a lot of promises during his campaign. He has delivered on very few of them. Politifact’s Trump-O-Meter gives you a good sense of what he’s accomplished, which is to say: not much. Plenty of things are “in the works” but that doesn’t mean they will ever happen. Immediately after taking office, Trump put out a flurry of Executive Orders, many of which met with stiff resistance.
The US federal government will stay open, at least for the time being. But the budget fight is not yet over. Republicans have enough seats in the House and Senate to do whatever they want, including pass a budget. But that’s just the problem: they don’t agree with each other enough to do so. The Freedom Caucus–a band of anti-government extremists who favor nothing less than the shuttering of almost the entire federal government–refuse to budge.
Remember Michael Flynn? Trump probably wishes you didn’t. What’s going on? This story hasn’t come up in a while. You might recall that Flynn was a National Security Advisor to Trump. He resigned early on as it came to light that he had conversations with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office–supposedly without Trump’s knowledge–and allegedly promised to rescind the sanctions against Russia which Obama had put in place. This is a pretty big no-no.
Trump’s tax plan has finally been unveiled, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect: a gift to Corporate America. What’s going on? Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced the administration’s plan to cut corporate taxes from 35% to 15%. Per the BBC: Economists say the tax cuts will add trillions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade. But Mr Mnuchin said the tax plan will pay for itself "
Could it be the man is learning? Over the past couple of weeks, the Trump administration vowed to shut down the government on April 28th (when it runs out of funding) if Congress didn’t agree to fund Trump’s ridiculous Mexican border wall. Trump has now backed off on that–promising the wall will still get built, but without holding the budget hostage to get it. At this rate, Trump could just keep promising it’ll happen eventually… until he leaves office.
So, what does Trump think he’s accomplished in his first 100 days? CNN’s got it covered. As for me, I’m going to talk a little bit about each one: CUTTING REGULATIONS * Energy Independence Executive Order -- Doesn't amount to much yet. * * Revocation Of Federal Contracting Executive Orders -- Doesn't amount to much yet. * Reexamination Of CAFE Standards -- Doesn't amount to much yet. * Review Of Waters Of The United States Rule -- Doesn't amount to much yet.
It’s not actually been 100 days for Trump yet, but critics are happy to drop a tombstone on that pivotal period for Trump. Articles like this one from the Washington Post deliver scathing reviews of his (not quite) 100 day performance. They note that his approval rating is bad–in fact, it is the worst approval rating for a new President on record. WaPo suggests he show more humility and contrition and admit that he really doesn’t have everything under control–that he’s had to learn on the job.
It wasn’t a very lucky week for Trump, which might be appropriate for his 13th. When Alex Shephard writes his week-in-review pieces for the New Republic, they always begin the same way. The subheading is always, “This week was pretty bad. But next week will be worse.” So far, he has always been right. To be fair, it was bad week for the American right in general moreso than it was for Trump, but Trump is a deeply sensitive man who can tell when the public is against him and his allies.
Remember the regulations put in place after the 2008-2009 crash, to prevent us from having another? Trump says they gotta go. What’s going on? Trump is set to release executive orders today which undermine a couple key components of the Dodd-Frank Act. Dodd-Frank was put in place after the global financial collapse that began in late 2008. It is designed to prevent banks from engaging in the sorts of risky behavior that led to the crash, and to make them prove they are solvent on a regular basis.
Trump always touts what a great businessman he is. Seems part of that is not paying out his obligations–even now. What’s going on? During the election, you might recall that various stories came out about Trump stiffing people and firms who’d worked for or with him. Bills got paid late, for less than the agreed amount, or not at all. Trump has apparently made a career out of stealing goods and services from people who dealt with him in good faith.