Examining Trump's First 100 Days in Office: His Plan, Promises, and Pursuit of Making America Great Again
In his “Contract with the American Voter,” President Donald J. Trump pledged to pursue and implement an ambitious program of reforms during his first 100 days of office. Trump’s agenda would be unrealistic for even an experienced president cooperating efficiently with a supportive Congress. Trump himself took office with no prior political experience and an uneasy relationship even with congressional Republicans. It comes as no surprise, then, that most of the items in the Contract with the American Voter have not been achieved.
If there is a single theme to Trump’s first 100 days, it has been learning how things get done rather than getting them done. After the failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act in March, Trump said: “We all learned a lot. We learned a lot about loyalty. We learned a lot about the vote-getting process. We learned a lot about some very arcane rules in, obviously, both the Senate and in the House. So it’s been—certainly for me, it's been a very interesting experience.” Going forward, the question is whether, and how, that experience translates into action.