By Tyler Kwon
President Donald Trump reached his 100th day in office on April 29. The term “first hundred days” was created by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a radio address in 1933, and ever since it has been used as a measure of a president’s effectiveness during the beginning portion of his term. Today, the first 100 days in office are often expected to set the tone for the next four years of the president’s leadership.
As one of the of the most controversial presidents of American history, Trump’s actions since inauguration have been met with both harsh criticisms and fervent support. According to a recent Gallup poll, the president’s approval rating stands at about 42% while 54% of Americans disapprove.
Since his inauguration, President Trump has signed 30 executive orders, passed 13 Congressional Review Act resolutions, and enacted 28 new laws. Among his most controversial actions were his multiple attempts at establishing a travel ban from seven Muslim-majority nations.
His first January 27 executive order to ban entry from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen, as well as to end the flow of any Syrian refugees into the country, was promptly blocked by two judges, met with nationwide protests at major airports, and even caught criticism from former President Obama.
The travel ban has been repeatedly blocked by federal judges, and despite multiple appeals by the government to enforce it, the travel ban remains inactive.
According to a New York Times analysis of the president’s statements from throughout his first 100 days, President Trump has stated at least one falsehood or misleading claim in 91 days.
This began as early as January 20, when Trump claimed that a “million, million and a
half people,” attended his inauguration, despite independent estimates and photographs showing that attendance most likely did not exceed a few hundred thousand.
More recently, President Trump claimed that “virtually every country has a surplus with the United States,” in spite of the fact that many of the country’s trading partners, including Egypt, Brazil, and Australia actually have trade deficits.
Other conflicts within the presidency have included former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s involvement with a Russian ambassador, which has prompted investigations of the administration’s ties to the country, which is believed to have played a role in shifting the results of the election in favor of President Trump.
Despite the bevy of government actions taken by President Trump in the past 100 or so days, many of his intended courses of action remain unclear. A health care plan, meant to replace the Affordable Care Act, has not been formally established, but the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the replacement could leave 14 million Americans uninsured by 2018, and 24 million uninsured by 2026.
In the face of a tumultuous first 100 days in office, though, the president has still managed to find time to unwind, as President Trump has played a record-breaking 19 rounds of golf during his first 100 days in office.
As President Trump’s term moves forward, some Americans believe that the shift towards a more tense state of national affairs will continue. With the writing of new legislations underway, as well as the recent firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation Direction James Comey, for many the future of the United States seems uncertain.