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April 29, 2017 marked the 100th day of Donald Trump’s Presidency. Since taking office, Trump has signed 24 executive orders, 22 presidential memoranda, 20 presidential proclamations, and 28 bills. But how much of his work has made a difference? Has he stayed true to his 100-day plan which he laid out back in October? And more importantly, how has President Trump’s first 100 days compared to past Presidents’? We found out all of the answers and more utilizing Nexis® and LexisNexis® Newsdesk research and media monitoring tools. Keep on reading to find out what we discovered!
At an October campaign event in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Trump revealed a plan for his first 100 days in office. He promised to implement 28 campaign promises and introduce the following legislative measures:
An ambitious and wide-ranging proposal, Trump called it “a game changing plan for his first 100 days in office.” More recently, however, he has back-pedaled, calling the plan “a ridiculous standard” to measure his accomplishments. While many of his goals have fallen to the wayside, he did reach a few. His nomination of Neil Gorsuch as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States proved a success as the senate confirmed his nomination with a 54-45 vote. Gorsuch was sworn in on April 8th, 2017. Other accomplishments Trump achieved within his first 100 days included: withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific partnership, decreasing the percentage of illegal border crossings (experts say is mainly due to his rhetoric), and signing 13 resolutions aimed at rolling back business regulations & increasing job opportunities.
His failure to negotiate with Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare represents one of the most significant failures in these past 100 days. The Republican-led Congress simply couldn’t find a replacement that everyone agreed on, and rather than allowing ‘Trumpcare’ fall short on votes, the President requested the House postpone the vote and continue working on a replacement.
The graph above- taken from LexisNexis® Newsdesk- reveals the most talked about subjects related to Donald Trump during his first 100 days in office. You can see that healthcare is one of President Trump’s biggest issues, along with the military, budget cuts, and even internet social networking.
While Trump may not have had the most graceful beginning in office, a look back at history shows us the differences in each President’s administration- some having better starts than others.
President Franklin Roosevelt, for instance, signed 76 bills during his first 100 days compared to President Trump’s 28. The 15 major bills that FDR signed created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Home Owners Loan Corp. He also started public-works efforts to reverse the Great Depression, legalized the manufacture of beer and wine, and created several governmental entities to improve the overall quality of American life.
In 1993, President Clinton’s First 100 days were equally as scrutinized as President Trump’s. By Clinton’s first 100 days, he saw two attorney general nominees withdraw their nomination, his own stimulus bill shot down and had appointed his own wife to lead the entire US healthcare initiative.
Taking over the reins from Bill Clinton, President Bush maintained a generally positive image throughout his first 100 days, although he failed to pass any significant bills that he could call his own. His administration contended that this was due to the recount and court battle over election ballots in Florida and urged the media to delay his 100 day assessment.
During the Obama administration, the White House pitched that Obama had the most productive 100 days since Franklin Roosevelt invented the New Deal in 1933—a much different perception than the public’s view of the Trump administration today. Some of Obama’s successes back in 2009 were his congressional passage of a $787 billion economic stimulus plan and his administration’s action to bail out the collapsing financial industry. Back in 2009, Obama had a 63 percent approval rating by the end of his first 100 days, compared to Trump’s 44 percent approval rating at his 100 day mark. According to a recent CNN/ORC poll, this is the lowest approval rating of any newly-elected president at this stage. For comparison, President George W. Bush had a 62 percent approval rating and Bill Clinton had a 55 percent approval rating during their presidencies.
Remember the healthcare bill that President Trump wanted a re-vote on? That vote was made May 4th and ended in a win for Trump with a 217-213 vote. This is only the beginning step for Trump’s plan to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” The next step is a vote in the Senate. Tax reform is yet another issue that President Trump will tackle in the coming months. He has already proposed to the Senate heavy cutbacks in individual and business income tax rates and a restructuring of the tax code, which, according to Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will be “the biggest tax cut and largest tax reform in the history of our country.”
Expect more crackdowns on immigration, more money spent on rebuilding the military, and cuts in the education and environmental departments as well. According to news reports found through Nexis research, job creation is one of President Trump’s top concerns… so we can predict that he will introduce many more policies with job security in mind and cut back on social and environmental initiatives.
It is no secret that President Trump enjoys a love/hate relationship with the media. His distrust—especially with less flattering media coverage—is mirrored by many Americans. In fact, a trust in the mass media has dropped to its lowest level in history according to a 2016 poll by Gallup—and it’s only getting worse. With the President positioning himself against the media and often labeling it ‘fake news,’ the American public is torn on what to believe. With an increase in content from unverified sources, news outlets and journalists are finding it harder to fact check information. Even the smallest mistake is detrimental—as fake news comes out, more and more people begin to follow opinionated, personal news sites through social media, only seeing the content that caters to their point of view. No one wins. It’s time to reverse this era of a “post truth world” with a solution.
There is a solution, however, to verifying your research and fact checking fake news more accurately. It all lies within Nexis. Nexis makes it easier for you to research, track data, make alerts, and follow your favorite news sources. Even when the most reliable publisher makes a mistake, LexisNexis removes the original and replaces it with the new article. If you find yourself struggling to filter out news and data, Nexis may be the solution for you. News coverage and data found in this article were researched through Nexis and Newsdesk tools. To learn more, check out the next steps below!
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