Trump presidency limps to 100-day mark

by Truman Ross, Editorial

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As president Donald Trump surpasses his first one hundred days of his presidency, we are forced to examine his performance in what some call a “trial run” of our country, in order to gain a better understanding of what the next four years will hold.

President Trump has no doubt made some noise in these three short months, but whether or not that noise is good or bad is still up for debate. One is forced to believe that he has bitten off a little more than he can chew, as he has left many of his promises for his first one hundred days unfulfilled.

One of those promises, one that he probably boasted the most pride over, was the repeal of Obamacare. Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, offered subsidies for middle-income families and small businesses, which levied a tax on some health care providers and high income families as a way to cover costs.

Trump, however, believed this concept was too costly and too complicated, and he was eager to be the one to repeal this, something he said would be one of the first things he accomplished before he was even elected. Now, one hundred days later, he has not yet followed through with this. It is known that he and his team are in developments for a new “Trumped Up” version of healthcare, something he is quoted as saying is, “Unbelievably complex.” He went on to say that, “Nobody knew healthcare could be this complicated.”

Although the Donald has yet to reveal his brand new, formulaic approach to providing healthcare for our nation, do not fret. Trump, when asked about his developments with healthcare, said, “We have come up with a solution that’s really, really I think very good.”

Another notable accomplishment Trump has boasted in his first one hundred days is the removal of the United States from the forthcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Trump signed the executive action on only his third day in office, with considerably more haste than he had with his aforementioned handling of healthcare. This withdrawal signals a major shift in how the United States approaches global economics, as bilateral trade agreements such as the TPP have been a foundation for our country’s economy for the past thirty years.

Whether or not the TPP would have been beneficial to our economy is unknown; however, it is not the only bilateral trade agreement he has treated with disdain. He threatened to pull the U.S. out of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Association), a trade agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Another positive to be taken from Trump’s first one hundred days of presidency is his appointment of a Supreme Court Justice. Before Trump was elected, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided they would not be filling his seat until a new president took office. Less than two weeks into his presidency, Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch, a federal judge from Colorado. Because Democrats opposed the way McConnell denied former president Obama’s choice of the seat, Republicans had to change Senate rules to allow decision for Justices by simple majority.

The appointment of Gorsuch into the Supreme Court cements the Conservative majority they were hoping for, something which could serve for decades due to the new rule change.

A final fact to ponder as an afternote for Trump’s first one hundred days of presidency is, like other things, something he failed to accomplished though he boasted he would. The wall, one of the biggest symbols of Trump’s campaign, was excluded from the $1.4 billion spending bill he received, money that he needed to begin building the southwest border. The Democrats, pushing against the construction of the wall, called this a victory because they rejected the border while funding in the spending bill.

Trump, alternatively, calls this a win, because he was able to use money from a government funding deal to replace the existing border fencing with “an unbreakable barrier.”

In a presidency that’s already proven to be shrouded in ambiguity, Trump has done, and hasn’t done, everything he’s said he would. Only time can tell how the rest of the presidency will unfold, and what other positive changes he will contribute to our society.

Though the reviews are mixed on his first one hundred days, he has not done anything that shows signs of him being detrimental to our nation; at least not yet.

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