Tuesday, April 25, 2017

First 100 Days

John F. Hughes
Donald Trump has hit 100 days in office, and the opinions on his performance are as diverse as can possibly be imagined.  Perhaps never before has so much scrutiny been placed on a President’s first several months in office.  Make no mistake, Trump is under a microscope.  Critics in the media and elsewhere instantaneously pounce on any perceived slip up.  Even many of his supporters became highly critical over Trump’s decisions regarding Syria and North Korea.  
Trump’s challenges have been compounded by a congress who have been unwilling to help him.  Republicans (McCain, Ryan, Graham) are often his worst enemies.  The challenge of governing has been compounded further by a hostile media, leaks from the White House (which for now seems to have abated), and intelligence agency personnel with questionable motives.  
Still, Trump has managed to accomplish many things through executive order:
  • Hiring of 5,000 new border patrol agents
  • Hiring 10,000 new immigration officers
  • Expediting environmental reviews of infrastructure projects
  • Imposed lifetime ban on any administrative official from lobbying on behalf of a foreign government
  • Mandating agencies remove two regulations for every one regulation put in place
  • Initiated review of H1-B plan
  • Initiated review of steel import system
  • Ordered a full audit of the executive branch
  • Ordered the Historically Black Colleges and Universities offices to move from the D.O.E. into the White House
  • Created regulatory reform task force to evaluate rules for repeal or modification
  • Created three DOJ task forces: one for Drug Cartels, one for violent crimes, and one for reducing attacks against police officers
  • 120 day travel suspension from terrorist hot spots
  • Initiated review of military readiness
  • Directed Generals to draw up a plan to defeat ISIS within 30 days
  • Approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines
  • Ban on US taxpayer money funding foreign pro-abortion groups
  • Federal hiring freeze, exempting military
This is a fairly remarkable track record for 100 days, especially when you consider that President Trump has met with dozens of citizen groups (Union leaders, CEO’s, small business owners, women’s groups, minority groups, veteran’s groups) during the same stretch.  Additionally, he has been managing several international security situations and diplomatic missions, all while wrestling with the media and politicians back home.
Trump’s work ethic has never been called into question, even by his critics.  The man is a powerhouse, working seven days a week, and even getting some in the White House press corps to admit that covering the President at such a frenzied pace is “Unsustainable,” in the long term. (http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/03/07/wapo-trump-may-outlast-white-house-press-corps-with-unsustainable-pace/)
I myself, after having analyzed Trump’s decision making since he announced his candidacy, am slower to judgement than most.  Trump thinks more long-term than people give him credit for, and I take that into account when I come across these “scare” headlines emanating from a hostile media.  Time will tell, but at this pace I imagine that in the 1361 days left in his first term, Trump will accomplish a grand transformation of this country.
If you find yourself discouraged, just remember: it could have been Hillary!
  • John Hughes



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Interview with JM Talboo: Part 1

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