President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in the White House have been filled with achievements and setbacks as the new commander in chief acted swiftly in an attempt to make an impact on everything from healthcare and the Supreme Court to tax reform and immigration.
Since his upset win in November, Trump knew the road to change would be challenging, especially with all of his promises heading into the Oval Office: secure the border, improve the economy, repeal and replace Obamacare, overhaul the tax code, get rid of trade agreements that don’t benefit the United States, and crack down on terrorism, to name a few.
According to a new poll from the University of Virginia Center for Politics, 93 percent of Trump voters approve of his performance over the first 100 days.
Though some of his plans hit roadblocks, Trump's first 100 days in office have also surprised many of his opponents who have commended his tremendous strength in dealing with Syria, Russia, and North Korea, and extolled his efforts domestically, as well.
Though there are surely many more big moments ahead for President Trump, here are 10 memorable ones from his first 100 days:
1. First address to Congress — Many considered Trump's Feb. 28 address to the joint session of Congress — a State of the Union-style speech — the moment he "became president."
"He became president of the United States in that moment," CNN commentator Van Jones told Wolf Blitzer after the session. "Period . . . There are a lot of people who have a lot of reason to be frustrated with him, fearful of him, mad at him. But that was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics, period."
A CNN/ORC poll afterwards showed that seven in 10 people who watched felt “more optimistic” about the direction of the country and 57 percent had a “very positive” reaction to the speech, CNN reported. Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan called it “a home run,” saying the president “delivered a bold, optimistic message to the American people.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it “was utterly disconnected from the cruel reality of his conduct,” according to ABC News.
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2. Travel ban — In an effort to fulfill his campaign promise to fend off terrorism, Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 27 temporarily banning travel to the U.S. by citizens from Muslim-majority countries Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, and indefinitely suspending all Syrian refugee entry. After dust-ups and protests at airports across the country, the order hit a legal roadblock with a ruling by a federal appeals court.
Trump vowed to redraft the order, and the administration released a revision in early March, this one removing Iraq from the list of countries and offering an exemption for current visa holders and permanent residents. A similar legal battle ensued, with a federal judge in Hawaii ultimately extending the order to block the travel ban in a decision the president has strongly denounced.
3. Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch — After a dramatic Senate showdown (which saw the GOP invoke the "nuclear option" to prevent a Democratic filibuster), Trump's nomination for the Supreme Court, Neil M. Gorsuch, was confirmed by a 54-45 vote.
"To pull off a wildly successful Supreme Court confirmation in the face of unprecedented partisan opposition is hard enough. To do it starting only 10 days after taking office is exceptional," National Review's Carrie Severino wrote. "But this confirmation was important for an additional reason as well: putting Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court fulfilled one of Trump’s most important campaign promises. Big-league."
A Colorado appeals court judge before being sworn in as the 113th justice of the Supreme Court, Gorsuch replaces the late Antonin Scalia.
4. Executive orders — Trump's first 100 days in office have been marked by dozens of executive orders. In fact, aides say he is on track to have signed 32 of them by Friday — the most a president has signed in their first 100 days since World War II, according to Fortune. The orders span the industries, from education and trade to immigration and the economy.
On his first day in office, Trump signed an executive order withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, following through on his campaign promise to do so.
Making good on his “America first” promises, Trump also signed a “Buy American, Hire American” executive order recently that requires agencies to buy more American-made goods and curtails the hiring of low-wage foreign workers.
5. Healthcare bill fail — Trump's biggest hurdle to date has been repealing and replacing Obamacare, something that was a key issue on the campaign trail. A vote on a bill to do just that was pulled last month when there wasn’t sufficient support for it.
But all is not lost yet. Republicans quietly began working on a new bill, which contains many of the Obamacare mandates but applies some choice for states that want to allow insurers to establish or participate in high-risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions, according to the American Spectator.
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The House Freedom Caucus, which was the fly in the ointment on the first go-round, green lighted the revised bill this week, and it seems that a vote could be forthcoming.
"The plan gets better and better and better, and it's gotten really, really good, and a lot of people are liking it a lot," Trump said at a joint presser with the Italian prime minister last week. "We have a good chance of getting it soon."
6. Bombing Syria — In what many considered to be Trump's first national security test, the president ordered a launch of 59 cruise missiles at military targets in Syria on April 7 in response to Syrian President Assad’s use of chemical weapons that killed more than 100 people, according to NBC News.
Supporters say it showed the world that the new president of the U.S. will stand up to worldwide terror, but other observers fear it engaged us further into complex Middle Eastern conflicts.
7. President Xi meeting — All eyes were on Trump in early April when he hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago for a two-day summit. The meeting appears to have opened lines of communication with China, with Trump urging Xi to help deal with the growing nuclear threat that is North Korea.
Trump later reversed course on some of his past criticism of China as a currency manipulator and said of Xi, "I like him and I believe he likes me a lot."
8. 'Mother of all bombs' — The U.S. military dropped the "mother of all bombs," America's largest non-nuclear bomb, on ISIS targets in Afghanistan in mid-April, targeting a complex of caves and tunnels.
“We have given [the military] total authorization,” Trump said. “Frankly, that’s why they’ve been so successful lately . . . We have incredible leaders in the military, we have an incredible military and we’re very proud of them, and this was another very, very successful mission."
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9. North Korea — Trump's handling of the growing North Korean nuclear threat has taken center stage in the latter half of his first 100 days. Persistent saber rattling and threats of missile and nuclear tests from the communist nation led to warnings of a military response from the Trump administration. The situation intensified when Trump ordered a U.S. naval strike group, led by the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, to the Korean Peninsula.
Despite all the military posturing from Kim Jong Un's regime, war is not imminent, according to The New York Times.
“We want to bring Kim Jong-un to his senses,” Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., the Pentagon’s top commander in the Pacific, told the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday. “Not to his knees.”
Still, Trump acknowledges there is the potential for "major, major conflict," though he would like to resolve all tensions diplomatically, Reuters reported.
10. Tax reform — The Trump administration unveiled the broad strokes of its tax reform plan April 26, three days before the president’s 100th day in office. The proposed revamping comprises what Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called “the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country,” according to The New York Times.
Though it will take work on both sides to iron out the details, the plan would reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15, lower individual rates, offer a larger standard deduction, and eliminate the estate and alternative minimum taxes, among other things.
“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to do something really big,” Gary Cohn, director of Trump’s National Economic Council, said at a press conference announcing the plan. “President Trump has made tax reform a priority, and we have a Republican Congress that wants to get it done.”
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