Most successful in history, Donald Trumps hails his 100 days. United States President Donald Trump in an early morning tweet said, “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!”.
Trump had sworn in office, beginning of this term on January 20 2017, Trump has been on a roller coaster ride, introducing and passing orders that have been categorized as “most controversial.” A deeper look into the White House working shows that both he and the party that he represents, the Republicans, are sailing in troubled waters. But let us first understand the concept of “100 days”. When and how did it first emerge? For this, we need to do a historical background check
Trump statement on Twitter
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2017
100 Days: The history of the concept
The idea of judging a US President in the first 100 days of their achievements started with Franklin D Roosevelt, who was the 32nd President of US from 1933 until his death in 1945. On July 24, 1933, President Roosevelt, about four months after his inauguration, delivered his third radio address to the people with his speech lying in front of him on the table in the White House. In his speech, Roosevelt made an appeal to raise the minimum wage and also intimated to the Americans his plan on salvaging the country from the “Great Depression.”
While delivering his speech, Roosevelt talked about the achievements of his young Presidency – that was termed as the first 100 days. Since then, the idea of the “first 100 days” has been adrift in American politics and media. This can be understood as a measure to gauge the success or failure of the administration by the actions conducted in the first few months, or may be viewed as a point from where the leaders could set the rhythm of their Presidency.
Donald Trump’s 100 days
In continuation of the tradition of the “100 days”, Donald Trump’s Administration, too, has to undergo this assessment. In retrospect we see, while his domestic policies were a blowback, coming full circle, Trump’s international engagements were also nothing less than political faux pas. No wonder, the President is all paranoid and agitated over the idea of “100 days.”
Not to forget, a few days before the elections, Trump had released his extremely ambitious plan for the first 100 days. In a fit of election excitement, Trump promised to reverse every executive order passed by his predecessor Obama and promised to issue as many of his own as possible on the very first day.
Let’s take a brisk walk around the 100 days memory lane of Trump Administration.
1. Imposing term limit on Congressmen
In another irrational move, Trump pledged to “propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.” But thankfully, that has been quietly shelved. According to the details of the Amendment, “The proposal would limit senators to two terms (12 years total) and representatives to three terms (six years total).” Trump had campaigned on reining in Congress by implementing term limits, but to no success, thus far.
2. Bill to Repeal Obamacare
In an attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, Trump moved a bill through Congress, which collapsed, interestingly because of opposition from his own party men. The conservative opposition stood in the face of this move, weakening any chances of reviving the Bill to repeal Obamacare.
3. Executive order on Muslim travel ban
The flip flops were also seen in his foreign policy initiatives. In a liberalised world order, Trump’s ill-conceived travel ban is the most controversial and indicates his parochial outlook towards integration. He introduced Executive Orders calling for a travel ban for six Muslim countries to the United States. This too was stalled twice in the courts. As the 100 days assessment is doing rounds in the media, the controversy surrounding Russian collusion for his electoral victory is also gaining strength.
4. The Great Wall
Donald Trump since his victory has been pushing for the Great Mexican Wall, which he says he expects “Mexico to pay.” On his Twitter handle, Trump on April 23 said, “Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.” However, a spokesman for the Mexican President’s office said that President Enrique Pena Nieto has repeatedly said that “Mexico will not pay for the wall.”
5. Syria: Entry into the War
On the pretext of punishing Syrian President over his use of chemical weapons on Syrians living in Idlib Province, Donald Trump on April 7, 2017, militarily entered the 6-year old war by launching dozens of cruise missiles targeting the Government-held air base. This was the first military involvement in Syria. Addressing his nation, Trump said, “Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched…It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons…”