It has been 100-days of embarrassing legislative losses, and Trump knows it. There were concerns among many Americans about Donald Trump’s ability to adequately run the most powerful country in the world, and these concerns have only been exacerbated by the ineptitude of his policies and compounded by his most recent interview with Reuters.
In the Reuters interview, Trump longs for his past life stating, “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”
While Americans may chuckle at these statements, the world needs the United States to be its leader, and at this moment those needs are not being met. Furthermore, Donald Trump lies at an unprecedented rate that damages the integrity of the office and undermines our presence abroad.
While facing setback after setback on his agenda, Donald Trump has had historically low approval ratings for any past President in their first 100 days in office. The President and Congressional Republicans are still looking for ways to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and the courts have halted all of Trump’s executive orders regarding immigrants and refugees. All of which were great setbacks for the man who proclaimed he knew how to manage such an extensive role.
In addition, he has reversed his position on a wide-ranging number of issues including NAFTA, labeling China as a currency manipulator, bombing Syria without congressional approval, and the list goes on and on. Though, it hasn’t all been losses with President Trump in the first 100 days in office. The confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court has been his most significant ‘win’ to date. Donald Trump has accomplished so little in his first 100 days it’s embarrassing.
During the campaign, Donald Trump signed a 100-day contract with his supporters, vowing to fulfill all of his promises and begin the process of “Making American Great Again.” Candidate Trump touted his business, and deal-making skills would make governing in Washington a walk through the park. In his contract with voters, he vowed to end illegal immigration, drain the swamp, and repeal the Affordable Care Act with or without the backing of Congress. Candidate Trump used his strident rhetoric to bulldoze through any skepticism on how he would achieve these goals all the way to election night, but once election night happened and candidate Trump became President-elect Trump, his contract goals with his voters became tangible. In his inauguration speech, President Trump passionately stated “We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And yes, together, we will make America great again.” Now 100 days later, and virtually nothing substantial to show. Americans and his voters are left with the question; when will the winning start?
Rutgers Student studying Political Science & Government with a minor in Journalism who has an interest in the intersection of journalism and political movements.