Benchmarking the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency

It’s day 98 in the Trump presidency, meaning the countdown to 100 days is almost over. The Trump administration issued multiple fact sheets earlier this week to support its claim that “[a]t an historic pace, this President has enacted more legislation and signed more executive orders than any other president in over a half century.” Quoting from President Trump’s 100 Days of Historic Accomplishments. Due note that the White House is not comparing its accomplishments with FDR’s first 100 days back in 1933.

In his NYT op-ed piece, Donald Trump’s First 100 Days: The Worst on Record, David Leonhardt recently wrote:

Here’s my reading of Trump’s start: It’s the least successful first 100 days since the concept existed. … Even if you forget about the content of his actions — whether they strengthened or weakened the country — and focus only on how much he accomplished, it’s a poor beginning. His supporters deserve to be disappointed, and his opponents should be cheered by how unsuccessful his agenda has been so far.

So which is it, 100 days of historic accomplishments or the least successful 100 days since FDR? To determine for oneself, one might want to check one or more “Trump trackers.” Both the Washington Post’s tracker and this one use Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter to identify and then monitor Trump’s individual promises for his first 100 days.  — Joe

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