Trump: Few Presidents Have Done More Than Me In 7 Months

Donald Trump, refuting critics who have called his presidency a failure, claimed Friday that he has had a historic number of accomplishments since taking office in January.

“Few, if any, administrations have done more in just 7 months than the Trump A. Bills passed, regulations killed, border, military, ISIS, SC,” the president tweeted Friday. Earlier in the morning, he blasted Republican leaders in the Senate for their inability to pass major legislation and their refusal to ban filibusters. “If Senate Republicans don’t get rid of the Filibuster Rule and go to a 51% majority, few bills will be passed. 8 Dems control the Senate!” Trump wrote. Another presidential tweet quoted an author. “Nick Adams, ‘Retaking America’: ‘Best things of this presidency aren’t reported about. Convinced this will be perhaps best presidency ever.’”

The Hill reported that the Twitter storm was not the first time the president pushed back against those who ridicule his lack of achievements. Trump has not made good on a number of his campaign promises, including a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and a ban on Muslim immigration.

Throughout his campaign, the Republican nominee pledged to his supporters that he would “repeal and replace” former President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Though the House of Representatives passed an Obamacare-replacement bill, a similar measure lost in the Senate on a 51-49 vote. Arizona’s John McCain and two other Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, joined all of the upper chamber’s 48 Democrats in defeating the legislation.

In early August, Trump told his Twitter followers: “The Fake News refuses to report the success of the first 6 months: S.C., surging economy & jobs, border & military security,ISIS & MS-13 etc.”

“S.C.” referred to the Supreme Court. Trump succeeded in getting Senate approval of his nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who replaced the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Considering the age of some of the justices, Trump might have a chance to appoint additional conservatives. He has already changed the face of lower courts. “A massive transformation is under way in how our fundamental rights are defined by the federal judiciary,” Democratic official Ron Klain said, according to The Atlantic. “For while President Trump is incompetent at countless aspects of his job, he is proving wildly successful in one respect: naming youthful conservative nominees to the federal bench in record-setting numbers.”

The president’s boast about the “surging economy” is dubious, according to CNN. The network, citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reported that there were 209,000 new jobs in July. That brought the job-creation total to 1,290,000 since January. During the same seven-month period in 2016, while Obama was in the White House, the economy created 1,372,000 jobs.

Some of the administration’s most significant actions have involved the rolling back of environmental regulations and reversing course on climate-change policy. Trump staffers also have refashioned the criminal-justice system and how public lands are administered. However, the Atlantic described the president’s claims of widespread success as “preposterous.” For instance, Trump falsely took credit for signing more pieces of legislation in his first six months than any previous president.

Source: The Hill
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