Trump calls 100-day assessment 'ridiculous'

Toby Manning
April 21, 2017

Trump hits the 100-day mark on April 29.

His regime has also been marked by controversy over United States intervention in Syria, and widespread dismay at his choice of the conservative Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

"No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill", he said on Twitter.

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday about what he said is the "ridiculous standard" of judging the first 100 days of a new presidency but said "a lot" has been done on his watch.

Since then, the first 100 days has been the test of a new president's productivity, though none have come close to matching FDR. His second attempt at a Muslim ban executive order was blocked by a federal court.

The first 100 days of a first-term president is often used to measure success and set a roadmap for future policy issues.

The first 100 days of any presidency are considered the so-called "salad days", a period when the incoming administration seeks to secure some of its key priorities, carrying with it the mandate of the election victory.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Mr Trump seized on a poll by Rasmussen Reports - a poll whose methodology was questioned by others - which suggested his approval rating stood as high as 49 per cent.

The biggest success of Trump's young presidency, alluded to in his tweet, has been the nomination and confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump picked to replace the late Antonin Scalia.

Most notably, legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare backed by the White House and GOP leadership on Capitol Hill failed to make its way through the Republican controlled House of Representatives, unable to find a balance between conservative members who thought it didn't go far enough and more moderate ones unable to stomach the bill's cuts.

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