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Trump Believes No Matter What 'Media Will Kill' First 100 Day Success

President Trump, continuing his war of words with the news media, on Friday slammed reporters for suggesting that his administration’s first 100 days have featured few successes.

“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 tweeted. He was referring to one of his few victories, the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Even that achievement did not come easily, as some Republican senators (along with all the Democrats) voted against Gorsuch.

The Hill pointed out that the 100th day of Trump’s presidency will be April 29. Political pundits traditionally assess administrations at that point in their first term. Trump recognized the significance of the date during last year’s campaign, when he made multiple promises concerning his initial 100 days in power. Among other things, he pledged to “repeal and replace” Obamacare and crack down on illegal immigration.

However, there was not enough support in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to pass Speaker Paul Ryan’s legislation, which would have drastically changed the health-insurance program. And, while the administration is expanding deportation efforts, federal courts have blocked two Trump executive orders to temporarily ban travelers from six predominantly Muslim nations and halt the resettlement of refugees in the United States.

The Hill noted that most of the president’s achievements have involved the repeal of regulations imposed during President Obama’s tenure. The administration has removed a number of environmental protections and scrapped efforts to deal with climate change.

Trump has faced a number of obstacles, including a divided GOP caucus in Congress. Republicans are split into several factions that often disagree on policy. The president also must deal with hostile Democrats, who have used the filibuster and other tactics to derail his legislative agenda. Another problem for the administration is the growing Russian scandal. The FBI, as well as the House and Senate intelligence committees, are investigating whether anyone in the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election.

Source: The Hill
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