By the numbers: How Trump stacks up after 100 days

United States President Donald Trump markes his 100th day in office on April 28, 2017.

WASHINGTON — In his first 100 days, President Donald Trump has signed more bills into law than the previous five presidents and has signed more executive orders than any president since Harry Truman.

But unlike many of his recent predecessors, Trump didn’t score any major legislative victories.

Trump does have one big win: The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. That hasn’t happened in a president’s first 100 days since President James Garfield did it 136 years ago.

New laws on the books, but no major legislation

Since taking office, Trump has signed 29 bills into law, according to public records. That’s more than Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan. But Trump hasn’t signed any “major legislation” — a bill that delivers on a campaign promise or has a nationwide impact.

Eleven of the laws Trump signed overturn Obama-era regulations, like rules about the Internet and Social Security. Four of the laws are purely ceremonial and rename memorials and VA clinics.

Obama, Clinton and the elder Bush all signed landmark legislation in their first 100 days in office.

Obama secured two big wins in his first 100 days. First, he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which eased rules against women who sue employers for pay discrimination. Second was the nearly $800 billion stimulus package Obama said was necessary to save the economy.

Trump’s best shot at a major legislative accomplishment was the American Health Care Act. The bill that would have repealed much of Obamacare has faltered due to infighting among House Republicans.

Most executive orders since Truman

In his first 100 days in office, Trump signed more executive orders than any president in the last 72 years, dating all the way back to Truman.

So far, Trump has signed 30 executive orders on everything from border security to abortion. He is expected to sign one more Saturday night before a campaign rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

That’s more than the 11 presidents before him — an ironic twist, considering Trump’s long history during the presidential campaign of attacking Obama’s use of executive actions.

“I don’t think (Obama) even tries anymore, I think he just signs executive actions,” Trump said in December 2015. “That’s the way the system is supposed to work. And then all of a sudden, I hear he tried, he can’t do it, and then, boom, and then another one, boom.”

The record dates back to Truman, who signed 57 executive orders in his first 100 days. He took office in April 1945 after the death of President Franklin Roosevelt, as America was still fighting World War II. Obama had 19 in his first 100 days, the younger Bush only signed 11 and Clinton had 13.

Trump’s SCOTUS win

Trump is the fourth US president with a successful Supreme Court nomination in his first 100 days, according to Senate records.

Few presidents get the chance to nominate a Supreme Court justice upon taking office, but it’s a major achievement nonetheless. Gorsuch, at the relatively young age of 49, could sit on the high court for decades.

President Rutherford B. Hayes nominated Stanley Matthews to serve on the Supreme Court in 1880, the final years of his term. The Senate did not take up his nomination. Upon taking office the next year, Garfield re-nominated Matthews, and the Senate narrowly confirmed him during Garfield’s first 100 days. Garfield and Hayes were both Republicans. They were both from Ohio — and so was Matthews.

President Franklin Pierce nominated John Campbell for the Supreme Court shortly after taking office in 1853. The Senate confirmed him by a unanimous voice vote within two weeks of Pierce’s young presidency.

The record-holder is President Andrew Jackson, who took office in March 1829. He nominated John McLean on his second full day in office. McLean was unanimously approved by the Senate one day later.

14 comments

  • WarningFakeNews

    Despite liberals sulking, whining, and resisting, Trump supporters still have his back. The elected democrats are between a rock and a hard place they themselves have created. They cannot appear to be working with the president, even thought they’d get many things democrats want, because their base would cut off their contributions. So what they’re doing is greedily accepting the cash and lining their pockets for retirement- and for many of them? That’s soon!

    • WarningFakeNews

      The same exact crowd that said Trump would never get the nomination, had no chance of winning the election, that laughed hysterically at him as he announced his intentions of doing so, are now telling us that he will never build the wall… I’m sensing a pattern here.

  • magicmikexxsm

    Second was the nearly $800 billion stimulus package Obama said was necessary to save the economy………………..

    lol and we all know how that failed now don’t we……hahahahaha face it trump has done more for the USA in 100 days then obama did…..just because trump has not signed any major bills into law, that has more to do with the retarded GOP, not Trump…

    • silvernickels

      If you want to compare the economy from Jan 2009 to Jan 2017, I think most people would take Jan 2017. There is not much of a debate about that. Trump has promised to grow the economy 4% annually. If he does it, he will deserve substantial credit for it.

      As far as “major bills”, he campaigned on the fact that he is a great deal maker. Yet he has been unable to make a deal with his own party on health care. His party prefers Obamacare over his proposed plan.

    • silvernickels

      If Trump did anything in his first 100 days, you wouldn’t be complaining. Any time he gets any criticism, you want to blame Obama. This is Trump’ s job now. He has the House and Senate, too. No more excuses, get something done.

      • WarningFakeNews

        Like almost all the people who voted for him, I’m a happy camper. He is doing what we sent him there to do, and started on so many fronts that the dems are dumbfounded on what to try and complain about- although- they always find something. Most people aren’t so na├»ve to think that all the changes will happen instantly, the democrats especially.

      • silvernickels

        It’s the Dems fault, it’s Obama’s fault, etc. That argument will get stale pretty quickly. It is put up or shut up time. He has promised huge changes, even within 100 days. With an approval in the low to mid 40’s, it will be a challenge to accomplish anything of substance. Campaign rallies won’t help either.

      • McCracken

        Hey Einstein, Trump was the one who laid out his “First 100 Days” plan. He has only himself to blame, for setting such unrealistic goals. Don’t get made when people hold him to his own words. Mean what you say; say what you mean.

      • GTX

        And like he said over and over and over again he was handed a mess. It was a real super mess. Why don’t you tell him how to fix it all. You are obviously smarter than he is. I bet your right up there with Chuck Schumer.

    • BZ22

      Be fair!!! Trump has had so many more fiascos than Obama in these first 100 days so there’s much more to report on Trump!!! BTW, where’s that Repub mantra of “Accept responsibility and don’t blame others” that we used to hear so much about?

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