Assessing President Trump’s First 100 Days

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SCRANTON -- Presidents have been judged on their first 100 days in office since 1940's.  But, some political experts think that judgment isn't fair.

On the campaign trail last year, President Trump repeatedly touted his 100-day plan including several times in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The president will be in Harrisburg on his 100th day in office.

"He's still grateful to carry Pennsylvania in the election, first Republican in a long time in a presidential election to carry Pennsylvania. So, I think he wants to show he's grateful and thinks he has a lot of friends in Harrisburg," said University of Scranton professor Dr. William Parente.

Dr. Parente has taught political science in Scranton for close 50 years - through many a President. He thinks judging Trump by his first 100 days is a mistake, but still a tradition since Franklin Roosevelt was in office.

"I understand the media has to go on TV every day, and so, it's the 100 days, and pretty soon it will be 200 days," Dr. Parente added.

Parente thinks most of what happened in Trump's first days in office will be forgotten in four years' time, except for his selection of a new Supreme Court justice.

"One of the primary reasons people vote for a presidential candidate, do they want a liberal Supreme Court or a conservative Supreme Court?" he said.

What about the budget squabbles in Washington?

Congress won't shut down on President Trump's 100th day after all, and Parente said that problem is not at all unique to Trump's presidency.

Parente said one thing's for sure after Trump's 100 days, we will all just have to wait and see what happens next.

Tickets to President Trump's Saturday rally can be found on his campaign website.


  • magicmikexxsm

    President Trump decreased the US Debt in his first 100 days by $100 Billion. (President Obama increased the US debt in his first 100 days by more than $560 Billion.)

    The US Manufacturing Index soared to a 33 year high in this period which were the best numbers since 1983 under President Reagan.

    President Trump added 298,000 jobs in his first month alone (after President Obama said jobs were not coming back!).

    Housing sales are red-hot. In 2011, houses for sale were on the market an average 84 days. This year, it’s just 45 days.

    Illegal immigration is down 67% since President Trump’s Inauguration.

    NATO announced Allied spending is up $10 Billion because of President Trump.

    After being nominated by President Trump, Constitutionalist Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed and sworn in as Supreme Court Justice in early April.

    The President has signed 66 executive orders, memoranda and proclamations as of April 19th, including:

    * Notifying Congress of a strike on Syria after it was reported that the country used gas on its citizens.
    * Dismantling Obama’s climate change initiatives.
    * Travel bans for individuals from a select number of countries embroiled in terrorist atrocities.
    * Enforcing regulatory reform.
    * Protecting Law enforcement.
    * Mandating for every new regulation to eliminate two.
    * Defeating ISIS.
    * Rebuilding the military.
    * Building a border wall.
    * Cutting funding for sanctuary cities.
    * Approving pipelines.
    * Reducing regulations on manufacturers.
    * Placing a hiring freeze on federal employees.
    * Exiting the US from the TPP.

    In addition to all this, the President has met with many foreign leaders from across the globe including Xi from China, Abe from Japan, etc.
    Guest post by Joe Hoft

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