Trade order, campaign rally on Trump's 100th day

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Trump, who campaigned on a vow to crack down on China and other trading partners, has announced several other moves on trade in recent weeks. The bill that would have repealed much of Obamacare has faltered due to infighting among House Republicans.

Funding for his promised wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, for example, needed to be stripped out of a federal funding bill in order to prevent a government shutdown, reports the AFP.

Of course, Bush's time in office isn't defined by laws or taxes, but by events no one could have predicted at the end of his first 100 days.

Put another way, the presidency is a long game.

"I truly believe that the first 100 days of my administration has been just about the most successful in our country's history", said Mr. Trump.

"But like the first 100 days, the road ahead remains hard", Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org, said on the organization's scorecard for the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.

It is a setting where he appears most comfortable - in front of adoring crowds - and where he can at least temporarily shut out some of the criticism that he is a political novice struggling to earn respect and trust at home and overseas.

Trump says the media are trapped at the dinner in Washington and he predicts it will be "very, very boring". "Did you notice Donald Trump's reaction?" a giddy Don Lemon asked on CNN just moments after the dinner concluded. Upon taking office the next year, Garfield re-nominated Matthews, and the Senate narrowly confirmed him during Garfield's first 100 days.

But even if his core supporters still fully back him, he is the least popular USA leader in modern times at this stage of his presidency, polls show.

Democrats gleefully described his opening century mark on Friday as a slow-motion train wreck, a period of dramatically diminished stability, legislative failures and broken campaign pledges. "As Trump's 100th day in office approaches, it is clear that resistance to his unconstitutional and un-American policies is everywhere".


"Budget: F. Creating jobs: F. Draining the swamp: F. Health care: F-minus", she told reporters.

But warning signs have tempered any positivity, including Friday's Commerce Department announcement that USA economic growth slid to its lowest level in three years during the first quarter of 2017.

Trump's best shot at a major legislative accomplishment was the American Health Care Act.

And Congress and the FBI are conducting investigations into Russia's apparent interference in last year's United States elections, and whether there was any collusion with the Trump campaign.

In his morning radio address Trump issued an assurance: "My only allegiance is to you, our wonderful citizens".

President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, from left, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, and Wilbur Ross United States Secretary of Commerce, signs an Executive Order on the Establishment of Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy at The AMES Companies, Inc., in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday, April, 29, 2017.

USA and Philippine officials said Trump's calls and invitations to several Asian allies including Duterte were aimed at discussing the crisis over North Korea's nuclear threats.

Ratcheting up the rhetoric, North Korea responded yesterday by test-firing another ballistic missile. Trump tweeted in 2012. But after a particularly warm visit from President Xi Jinping, Trump acknowledged the downside to a alienating a power that could be useful partner in curbing North Korea's nuclear program.

And much more is in the works. His predecessor Barack Obama, the first USA president to ever have a Twitter account, had 13.5 million followers on his official handle @POTUS.

Experts have cast doubt on Mnuchin's claim of the Trump plan representing the largest tax cut in USA history, pointing to the 1981 tax cuts under President Ronald Reagan and the extension of the Bush tax cuts under President Barack Obama in 2010.

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