By Max Greenwood
April 21, 2017
President Trump took aim at the media early Friday morning, accusing journalists and news outlets of belittling and disparaging his early accomplishments in the White House.
Trump is set to hit the critical 100-day mark in his presidency on April 29, a week from Saturday. Those early days are typically considered the first standard checkpoint for a presidential administration and its ability to govern.
With little legislative achievement to speak of, Trump has focused on executive actions to roll back Obama-era regulations and climate policy.
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.
But some of the president’s highest-profile campaign promises have floundered in his first months in office.
Two controversial executive orders barring citizens of certain Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., for example, were blocked by federal judges amid concerns that the orders amounted to a discriminatory ban on a religious group.
And a GOP measure to repeal and replace ObamaCare ultimately failed after House Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House pulled it amid dwindling support from Republican lawmakers.
Still, Trump has managed to make good on other promises, such as his vow to crack down on illegal immigration. He has already directed his administration to more aggressively enforce immigration laws and has authorized the construction of a long-touted wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Also casting a shadow over Trump’s first 100 days is a set of ongoing investigations into Russian election interference and his presidential campaign’s potential ties to Moscow. Both the Senate and House intelligence committees are probing the matter, and the FBI is conducting its own investigation.
Trump and his aides have repeatedly denied any collusion with Moscow, and the president himself has called the investigations a “witch hunt” akin to McCarthyism during the Cold War.
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