April 29, 2017, marks 100 days since President Donald Trump took office. So how did the President spend the day? It was a roller coaster ride of events on top of another and Trump made a choice.
For the first time in 36 years, the President is absent at the Annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner night in D.C. The People’s Climate March, where thousands of protesters surrounded the White House, coincides with the Press Dinner. And amidst all these, President Trump holds a campaign-style rally in Harrisburg, PA.
Shortly before the Pennsylvania rally, the President was asked for a message to the climate protesters and he responded, “Enjoy the day. And the weather.” An obviously short answer squeezed before an anticipated event.
The Pennsylvania crowd cheered and booed as Trump spends the first 10 minutes of his hour-long speech lashing out the media.
“A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media is consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capitol right now. They are gathered together for a White House Correspondents’ Dinner without the president.”
He also pulled the “fake news” string and attacked the “incompetent, dishonest” media who are not telling the truth about his administration and the critics who have given his term a poor mark. “Mainstream (fake) media refuses to state our long list of achievements, including 28 legislative signings, strong borders & great optimism!” Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon. The president suggested that the people also rate the media’s 100th day because “you know, they are a disgrace”. To end his roasting, he gave his verdict, “the media deserves a big fat failing grade.”
Following the criticism of the media, Trump reminisces his 2016 campaign trail and faults the former administration that left a mess. The Democrats were also dragged in as he calls Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer “a bad leader” who is leading the Democrats to doom.
On the remainder of his remarks, President Trump bragged his success and his key early accomplishment on his 100 days milestone. His administrations “100 days of action” were as listed below:
- withdrawal of the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership;
- announced plan to renegotiate NAFTA, and, failing that, to terminate the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico;
- confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court;
- the performance of the stock market since Election Day;
- clearing the way for the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines;
- his directive to “buy American” and “hire American;”
- making energy exploration easier;
- the signing of more than two dozen new pieces of legislation;
- multiple moves by his administration to protect veterans as they seek care from the Veterans Administration health care system;
- cutting back on regulations emanating from Washington;
- continuing commitment to build a wall on the Mexico border (“We’ll build a wall, folks. Don’t even worry about it. Go home and go to sleep. Rest assured.”);
- his efforts to “drain the swamp” in Washington through prohibitions on lobbying after government service;
- stepped-up efforts to fight crime caused by gangs and drug cartels and remove their compatriots who are in the U.S. illegally;
- increased immigration controls especially at the nation’s borders and increased efforts to help victims of crimes committed by people in the country illegally;
- increased efforts to fight terrorism (“We are going to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country.”);
- a commitment to rebuilding the military (with a special shout-out to Defense Secretary James Mattis);
- a continuing commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare (which the president variously described as “dying,” “dead,” “gone,” and “in a death spiral);
- a focus on so-called sanctuary cities;
- a new plan to cut taxes and overhaul the tax system including cutting the corporate tax rate to 15 percent;
- increased support for law enforcement;
- on education, a commitment to increase local control of schools and end Common Core;
- a commitment generally to stop federal overreach.
- on gun rights, a commitment to defend the Second Amendment;
Along with giving his speech in the rally, Trump signed two executive orders in Harrisburg, establishing the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and a review of all US trade agreements, a new addition to his administration’s long list of accomplishment.
The rally was the highlight of the new administration’s success in the last 100 days. Trump is profoundly aware that the day is a historical and symbolic moment for the whole world to assess his presidency.